YEAR 6 Australia as a Nation: Change, people and place – The Curtin Family Home

 John and Elsie Curtin with their children John and Elsie

John & Elsie Curtin with daughter Elsie and son John, Cottesloe 25 January 1942.
Records of the Curtin family JCPML00381/29   


This course has been written to meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: History
Skills are gained through historical inquiry of the development of Australia as a nation particularly in the 1900s.
The course is developed to suit students at Year 6 level.

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OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM  - source ACARA Australian Curriculum History v 3 


Using the Curtin Family Home* in Jarrad Street Cottesloe, the Curtin family and the context of the suburb of Cottesloe students will be able to study change in Western Australian urban society from the 1910s to the late 1950s. They will also be able to investigate the impact of significant individuals on Australian society. This programme covers the following themes:

·           The historical significance of the leadership and policies of John Curtin

·           Social and economic change in suburban Western Australia during the 1910s to the late 1930s

·           Life in Western Australia during World War II from 1939 to 1945

·           Some impacts of World War II on Australian society.


*Note: The Curtin Family Home is only open to the public for one month each year. Contact the National Trust of Australia (WA) for information: Email:  Phone: 08 9321 6088 (office hours)


The content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts including sources, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy and significance.

These concepts will be investigated within the historical context of and will provide a focus for historical inquiries.

The two strands of Historical Skills and Historical Knowledge and Understanding are interrelated and should be taught in an integrated way. Teacher resources provided in this program will outline the Australian Curriculum links to all suggested student activities.


Students will use the following KEY INQUIRY QUESTIONS to discover:

  • How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century? 
  • What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society? 
  • Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come? 


This program allows students to develop historical skills through key concepts appropriate to their age and ability. 



Historical Skills:  

Sequence historical people and events  

Use historical terms and concepts  

Identify questions to inform an historical Inquiry  

Identify and locate a range of relevant sources  

Locate information related to inquiry questions in a range of sources 

Compare information from a range of sources 

Identify points of view in the past and present 

Develop historical texts, particularly narratives and descriptions, which incorporate source material 

Use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written) and digital technologies  

Each section notes the relevant General Capabilities (GC), Cross curriculum priorities (CCP) and links to other Learning Areas (OLA)
Source: ACARA Australian Curriculum: History v.3