Simplify Your Study of Australian Politics For Kids
Prime Ministers of Australia, The Prime Ministers Notebook and Parliament and Politics provide a simplified framework for you to follow as you help your child to understand the role of government and develop their political awareness.
These materials were written for home study. Used once per week this course should take approximately 18 months to complete. On average each lesson will take 20 minutes. They are not graded and are suitable for upper primary and early high school children.
1. Australian Prime Ministers Notebook ebook $10
By Margaret Taylor
The Prime Ministers of Australia Notebook is a resource to help your child learn about the prime ministers of Australia, Australian government and Australia’s political history from Federation. It should be used with Prime Ministers of Australia by Jill Bruce.
All 29 prime minister are covered from Edmond Barton to Malcolm Turnbull.
Using the short biographies and our timeline your child identifies significant historical, social and political issues surrounding the term of office for each prime minister.
- Your child reads the relevant chapter in Prime Ministers of Australia. One prime minister per week will take 30 weeks to complete.
- Write up the relevant prime minister’s notebooking page using the Australia timeline and notebook prompts provided in the Australian Prime Ministers Notebook. It is laid out simply and is easy for your child to follow. There is also a template notebooking page to fill in for when we get a change of prime minister.
- Store notebooking pages in a folder.
Each lesson takes about 15 – 20 minutes to complete. If your child is a confident reader they should be able to complete their lesson independently after some initial instruction.
Our first resource follows the chronological order of Australia’s prime ministers using short biographies and notebooking.
Each prime minister is covered and the child is encouraged to find out more about the times when that prime minister was in office. There is also a template notebooking page to fill in for when we get a change of prime minister.
2. Parliament & Politics ebook $10
By Margaret Taylor
Studying the prime ministers in chronological order will have given your child a basic understanding of Australia’s political history. This resource will help your child to dig a little deeper. It aims to incorporate an understanding of federal and state governments’ roles and how our parliamentary system works.
This resource provides a framework for study and children will need to research their answers. There is no set text but rather a range of resources are suggested. Several answers are found in the parent’s section of the ebook, other answers are specific to your electorate, state or territory. Some of the topics covered are:
- Pre-test quiz (and answers)
- Researching your federal electorate
- Understanding political terminology
- Functions of the Australian parliament
- Levels of government – who does what?
- Who’s who in the Australian Federal Parliament?
- What is the constitution?
- The Westminster System.
- State government and state electorates
- Indigenous vote.
- Quirky facts.
These materials were written for home study.
Used once per week this course should take less than a year to complete. On average each lesson will take 20 minutes. They are not graded and are suitable for upper primary and early high school children.
Test Your Australian Government Knowledge
Covering The Australian Curriculum
This resource can be used for humanities & social studies lessons (history, civics and citizenship) in Year 5 to Year 8.
- researches using biographies and historical timelines how governments are influenced in their law making and political views
- reflect on the historical influence of previous prime ministers, and their governments, and how they have impacted future generations
- understands how democratic elections allow Australian voters to change government
- develops a knowledge and understanding of key features of Australia’s government and electoral processes
- identifies the characteristics of a good representative of government
- describes the key role of government in applying the democratic values of a nation
- identifies the way groups can participate in the democratic process through lobbying members of parliament
- demonstrates an understanding of the three levels of government and their different & shared responsibilities
- understands the underpinning features of Australia’s democratic government with reference to its’ British heritage & constitution
- explores key elements of Australia’s constitution including the separation of powers and changes to the constitution through referendum.
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