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History is organised by two strands: Historical Concepts and Skills and Historical Knowledge.

Historical Concepts and Skills are fundamental to the discipline of history and provide a structure for the development of historical understanding. 

Historical Sources as evidence
Continuity and change
Cause and effect (from Level 3)
Historical significance

The Historical Knowledge strand provides the contexts through which particular concepts and skills are to be developed and applied.


Levels A – D

Personal histories
Community histories

Foundation – Level 2

Personal histories
Community histories
Levels 3 and 4 Community, remembrance and celebrations
First contacts
Levels 5 and 6 The Australian colonies
Australia as a nation
Levels 7 and 8 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures
Ancient world and early civilisations
Middle Ages and early exploration
Levels 9 and 10 The making of the modern world
The modern world and Australia

Annotated example

An annotated example of the History curriculum is available and is designed to assist teachers to understand the how to view the elaborations in Levels 7 and 8 and Levels 9 and 10.

Achievement standards

In History, students progress along a curriculum continuum that provides the first achievement standard at Foundation–Level 2 and then at Levels 4, 6, 8 and 10.

A 'Towards Foundation Levels A to D' curriculum is provided for students with disabilities or additional learning needs in this curriculum area.

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