The History Box – An Inquiry Approach – Year 5

Product Code RIC-6189


Take your class for an exciting, hands-on exploration through history! The History box 5 uses an innovative method to bring history to life, providing Year 5 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 5
People of the colonies
  • Life in Britain
  • Why did the British establish colonies?
  • Convict lives
  • Colonists’ lives
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Forced and indentured labour
  • Assessment answers and scope and sequence charts


Development of the colonies
  • Six separate colonies
  • Colonial development in the mid-1800s
  • Colonial challenges
  • Early colonial governors
  • Colonist contributions
  • Assessment answers and scope and sequence charts


Environmental change
  • Colonial goldmining and the environment
  • Colonial farming and the environment
  • Introduced species
  • Assessment answers and scope and sequence charts


Significant people and events
  • Conflict in the colonies
  • Exploring the continent
  • Bushrangers
  • Shaping the colonies
  • Assessment answers and scope and sequence charts