The History K–10 Syllabus focuses on the development of historical skills and understanding of the key historical concepts through a process of historical inquiry rather than an integrated approach.

When programming the historical concepts and skills resource (DOCX 445KB) will assist you to:

  • implement the history strand of the human society and its environment key learning area using the NESA history K-6 syllabus
  • understand the difference between historical concepts and skills
  • recognise the implications of the historical concepts and skills continuums in enhancing student achievement
  • utilise the historical concepts and skills to provide quality teaching in human society and its environment K-6 lessons for history to support students’ engagement and understanding of the procedures, tools and methods of thinking which constitute the discipline of history.

Cross curriculum approach

The following resources may also assist your programming of K–6 history using a cross curriculum approach.

  • The K–10 cross curriculum resource, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures (DOCX 116KB) provides teaching and learning activities and links to resources to integrate the teaching of the key concepts of Country/Place, Culture and People with the Early Stage 1 to 3 content and outcomes.
  • The K–10 cross curriculum resource, Sustainability (DOCX 84KB) provides ideas to embed the cross curriculum priority of sustainability within a history program through learning snapshots with links to resources across a number of K–6 topics.
  • The K-10 cross curriculum resource, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia (PDF 903 KB) provides snapshots of learning for each stage with case studies that support teachers to include the diversity of Asia, achievements and contributions of peoples of Asia and Asia-Australia engagement in geography.

Programming resources

Historical inquiry process and continuum

These resources can be used together to enhance planning, programming and assessment opportunities in history.

History K-6 sample unit starters

The following sample unit starters cover a number of Early Stage 1 to Stage 3 topics from the History K-10 Syllabus. Teachers may adapt these unit starters to suit the needs of individual students and their local school context.


Syllabus focus

Syllabus content

Unit Starters


Present and past family life

Family structures and roles


Present and past family life

Describe the sequence of timeSignificance of time (DOCX 408.46KB)


First contactsWhy great journeys of exploration occurredJourneys of exploration (DOCX 1292.04KB)


The Australian coloniesLives of people in Australia’s colonial pastColonial immigration (DOCX 3162.68KB)


The Australian coloniesSignificant events and people that shaped Australian coloniesNotable colonials (DOCX 615.33KB)
S3The Australian coloniesReasons (economic, political and social) for the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800.Colonial settlement and life (DOCX 2976.78KB)
S3The Australian coloniesThe impact of significant events on the Australian colony; for example, internal exploration, frontier conflict, the gold rushes.Colonial development (DOCX 2979.43KB)


Australia as a nationContribution of significant individuals and groups to the development of Australian societySignificant Australians (DOCX 434.59KB)


Australia as a nationStories of groups of people who migrated to Australia and the reasons they migrated.Migration stories (DOCX 1451.06KB)

History program evaluation

Tool for evaluating a teaching and learning program for history K-10 (DOCX 43KB)

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