Essential Question

How are symbols and events used to reflect and celebrate the many stories of Australia?

Warning — First Nations teachers and students are advised that this curriculum resource may contain images, voices or names of deceased people.

Unit details

Lesson Time: 40 minutes
Lessons: 13
Duration: 5 weeks

Australian Curriculum
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority.

Unit overview

Two topics are explored in this unit of learning:

  • ways in which Australian flags are celebrated
  • how national days of significance are celebrated to reflect the many stories of this country.

This unit allows students to:

  • build understanding of the histories behind, and symbolism of, the Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait Islander flags
  • learn about protocol for when, how and where these flags are flown
  • recognise and reflect on national days of significance and how they are or aren’t recognised in their community.

Students will focus on Australia Day and National Reconciliation Week, which incorporates Mabo Day and the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.

Please keep in mind, you don’t need to be an expert on this topic – we often learn alongside our students.

While this resource has been created so it can be taught in a linear fashion, feel free to start small. You may prefer to select a single activity that connects to what you’re teaching or about to teach. Even small actions can make a big difference.