The History Box – An Inquiry Approach – Year 4

Product Code RIC-6188


Take your class for an exciting, hands-on exploration through history! The History box 4 uses an innovative method to bring history to life, providing Year 4 teachers and students with an opportunity to redefine how this subject is taught and learned. Utilising the high-impact teaching strategies of collaborative learning and questioning, you will:

  • introduce crucial chapters of Australian history through vividly illustrated topic cards.
  • engage students and set the scene using activity starter cards. Encourage them to self-reflect through a familiar situation, before finding a thread back to historical situations.
  • immerse students in further exploration through inquiry-based tasks, with clear indicators on which inquiry skills they are utilising.
  • consolidate and assess students’ progress with ideas for formative and summative assessment as well as extension activities provided within the teacher’s guide.
  • bring interactivity to the classroom with the online portal, featuring digital copies of all elements of The History box, as well as relevant videos that will enhance the learning experience.
Contents of The History Box – Year 4
Indigenous culture pre-1788
  • Indigenous life before 1788
  • Indigenous cultural heritage
  • Indigenous spirituality
  • Indigenous families
  • The land
  • Assessment answers and scope and sequence charts


Great journeys
  • Old World explorers
  • Reasons for exploration
  • New World explorers
  • The impacts of exploration
  • Terra Australis Incognita
  • Assessment answers and scope and sequence charts


Reasons for colonisation
  • Georgian Britain
  • The First Fleet
  • Convict life
  • Early colonists
  • Assessment answers and scope and sequence charts


  • Contact before 1788
  • European contact
  • Effects of European colonisation
  • Frontier contact
  • Significant Indigenous people
  • Assessment answers and scope and sequence chart