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Year 5, W4


Students learn about the key features of a democracy and the electoral process as well as how laws are enforced

 The key values that underpin Australia’s democracy (ACHASSK115)

 The key features of the electoral process in Australia (ACHASSK116)
 Why regulations and laws are enforced and the personnel involved (ACHASSK117)
 How people with shared beliefs and values work together to achieve a civic goal (ACHASSK118)

 Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094)

 Researching: Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI095)

 Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI096)

 Sequence information about people’s lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines (ACHASSI097)

 Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present (ACHASSI099)

 Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships

 Evaluating and Reflecting: Evaluate evidence to draw conclusions (ACHASSI101)

 Use criteria to make decisions and judgements and consider advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others (ACHASSI103)

 Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI104)

50 min per week

Week 1 Students define democracy Democracy revision and Formation of the Australian Government:  BTN- What is Democracy? Formative
Lesson 1 and the values of democracy  Students can recall the definition of
Re-watch BTN video of Democracy story/s4460249.htm democracy and the key features of a
02/05/2018 Students explore the steps that
Ask students what democracy is and try to define democracy again  Australian Government
lead Australia to its current
Presentation Summative:
Government Structure.
Democracy is seen as a type of government where citizens get an equal say in how things are Students are able to correctly order
The key values that done. Usually they get this say through voting.  Australian Government the timeline.
(emphasising on the bold words) Timeline
underpin Australia’s WALT: students can define
democracy Students take out HASS books and write it down (rule up, date, title: Democracy, etc)
democracy (ACHASSK115) &
Students understand the Ask students what the values of democracy are and ask for example from each
correct order of the history of o Freedom of Election and Being Elected
o Freedom of assembly and political participation
Australia’s Government
o Freedom of speech and religious belief
o Rule of law and
o Basic human rights

Go through timeline of Australian government presentation

Explain and hand out Australian timeline activity

Students put a timeline of the history of the Australian Government in the correct order

Go through and mark the timeline by referring to the Australian Government Presentation
and defining unknown terms (Discussion)

Mark the timeline as a class, collect HASS books at the end of class

Week 2 Students can describe the Electoral Process:  2016 Australian Election Summative:
election process used in Ads #1 Flow Chart- Students are able to
Lesson 2
Australia. Show video of election campaigns explain the voting process with a flow
watch?v=nsjDcAud5pI chart.
09/05/2018 WALT: students can show Go through Australian election process slideshow
their understanding of the  Items for voting such as a
electoral process through a Explain to students how the federal government is chosen and have them enact the process. ballot box (shoe box with a
flow chart slit)
Follow the Election Process Presentation thought as it explains what to do when.
 Ballots
The key features of the Pick 4 students to present the parties and give speeches (in the order they are on the
ballots).  Campaign Speeches
electoral process in
Allow the rest of the students to take notes on who they might like to vote.  Party Posters
Australia (ACHASSK116)
Students pick who they are going to vote for in both the senate and the House of  Election Process
Representatives Presentation

Have some students assume the role of polling officials and have them count the votes.  Paper for students to show
their understanding
While they are counting talk with the students about the various roles of polling officials who
run the polling stations and how they work together to achieve a goal (Discussion)

In HASS books, students show their understanding of the electoral process though a flow

Week3 Students analyse reasons for Compulsory Voting:  Youtube – Voting: right or Summative:
compulsory voting. duty Students are able to defend their case
Lesson 3
Ask the students: What are the laws around voting? for what they think the law on voting
WALT: students are able to Write answers on the board ?v=K52RA6EXLD0 should be – compulsory or not
16/05/2018 write a persuasive text on if compulsory giving at least 4 valid
they think voting should be Talk about how it is compulsory to vote in state and federal elections for anyone over 18  HASS books for persuasive reasons
compulsory or non including the elderly, people with a disability, non-literate people and people who speak text
compulsory English as a second language.

Should people be forced to vote?

The key features of the
Make a T-chart and ask for reasons for yes and no
electoral process in
Look at youtube video on compulsory voting.
Australia (ACHASSK116)

Explain that other countries it is not compulsory to vote, for example in America.

Reflect on what made students vote for particular people in the election the week before-
did you base it on looks, or ability to talk or use fancy words rather than policies?

Ask students to decide what they think the law should be – compulsory or not compulsory

In HASS books, Students then write a paragraph supporting what they think the rule should
be giving at least 4 reasons.

Allow 20 min

Students can share their answers with the class at the end
Week 4 Students categorise the Laws and Regulations:  Types of Laws Cut and Paste Summative:
different types of laws and Sheets Laws and Regulations Cut and Paste –
Lesson 4
regulations. Class discussion: Students correctly match the
What is a law  Video: examples with the correct heading.
24/05/2018 WALT: students can correctly What is a regulation?
match the examples with the
correct heading Students watch video to revise how laws are made answers
(first video on page)
Why regulations and laws Key Difference:
Laws are actually rules and guidelines that are set up by the social institutions to govern
are enforced and the behaviour. These laws are made by government officials. Laws must be obeyed by all, including
private citizens, groups and companies as well as public figures, organizations and institutions.
personnel involved
Laws set out standards, procedures and principles that must be followed. Regulations can be
(ACHASSK117) used define two things; a process of monitoring and enforcing legislations and a written
instrument containing rules that have law on them.

Go through types of law work sheet and explain each section, and give example

Students then cut out each of the examples and glue them under the correct heading

Go through and mark the sheet as a class

Conclusion: Why do we need laws and regulations? Who enforces them? (Discussion)

Week 5 Students distinguish between Law Enforcers:  Youtube video - I Wanna Summative:
the different roles and duties Be a Police Officer · A Day In Law Enforcers Retrieval Chart-
Lesson 5
of the police. Class discussion: who are our law enforcers in our country? The Life Of A Police Officer Students completed retrieval chart
 with all sections filled in.
31/05/2018 WALT: students are able to Show youtube video – I Wanna Be a Police Officer · A Day In The Life Of A Police Officer watch?v=XTYe9vi2VBM
identify the different roles and
duties of police officers in Jigsaw cooperative learning- students are grouped into 6 groups  youtube video- Border
Why regulations and laws
Australia o Australian federal police Security Drugs
are enforced and the o Australian border force
o Sheriffs watch?v=-tF2OfZ74pg
personnel involved o Australian military police
o state/territory police
(ACHASSK117) o council rangers  Law Enforcers Retrieval
Charts – PREP: On each
Explain that this is their home group that they will come back to, to share information. sheet highlight one type,
swapping colours each time
How people with shared Ensure they have a pencil and something to lean on you repeat headings. If your
number of students is not a
beliefs and values work Students then return to their home groups and are each given a chance to share while the multiple of 5 you will need
rest of the group records the information onto the relevant section of their retrieval chart to double up some headings
together to achieve a civic and colours.
Briefly discuss each type to ensure students have a correct understanding of the different
goal (ACHASSK118)
types of law enforcers  Law Enforcer Texts
**may have a police man come in for 10 minutes to discuss his daily routine**
Week 6 Students compare the roles Customs and Quarantine Officer:  Arrival quarantine card Summative:
Lesson 6 and duties of a Customs  Video – AQIS Dog
Officer and a Quarantine Who has ever gone travelling overseas and when they have come back to the country they Students can make a poster displaying
Officer. have to fill out a slip like this? (show arrival quarantine card) watch?v=w57k1wTcx4s what they have researched about
06/06/2018 Australia’s quarantine rules
What do you think this is used for?  BTN video about Johnny
WALT: students understand Depp and quarantine
that that Australia has What do we not want bought into the country/state?
Why regulations and laws quarantine rules and this is story/s4239957.htm
enforced by Quarantine Watch video on AQIS Dog
are enforced and the officers  Australian quarantine list
watch BTN video about Johnny Depp and quarantine
personnel involved
(ACHASSK117) Discuss with students which side they are on (Debate)

Why are custom and Quarantine officers important? (Discussion)

How people with shared Students research about Australia’s quarantine and make a poster to display this

beliefs and values work

together to achieve a civic
goal (ACHASSK118)

Week 7 Students describe the different Legal System:  Video: Formative:

components of the legal Anecdotal notes and Observations-
Lesson 7
system in Australia. Students watch video on the court system Students are understanding the
answers different roles within the court.
13/06/2018 WALT: students understand Go through the court room map (second video)
the different components of a
court room and the legal 12 Students are then given a card and assume a role within a court.  Court Room Map
system in Australia
How people with shared Set the class up as a court room as per the map and have students work out where they will  Court Role Cards
beliefs and values work  Court Case Prompt
One at a time student tell the rest of the class who they are and explain their role
together to achieve a civic  Cards
Students can then act out a court case (if time).
goal (ACHASSK118)
Each student is given a prompt card to help them with things they might say and when (Role

Ticket out the door – on a stick it note (with name on) students write down the role and
description of a role in the court room (can be verbal for those who cannot write)
Week 8 Test – Summative assessment
Lesson 8


Week 9 Go through test answers to clear up any miss understanding

Lesson 9
Kahoot for fun