Year 6: Immigration


Immigration is a day program which traces the journeys of migrants arriving in Australia and particularly Queensland from the earliest settlements through to post World War II and importantly, today. The program focuses on gaining an insight into why people choose to migrate to Australia, where they come from and what they contribute to Australia and our society.

On the day, Immigration unfolds in the same sites that Queensland’s migrants have travelled, giving authentic context to their stories and experiences. The students’ journey begins on board our boat, Inspiration, as they cross Moreton Bay in the footsteps of the first colonial migrants. On board, students experience life on the early migrant ships and explore information from historical documents.

Landing at Lytton Quarantine Station, the welcome received by migrants arriving post World War I through the medium of drama and role-play is experienced. Upon landing, students are in role as they retrace the journey of immigrants as they are processed through the Quarantine Station participating in theatre scenes and dramatic explorations of the buildings and site. Finally, students examine historical sources to build an appreciation of migration post World War II and, in role, reflect on the needs and experiences of migrants at this time.

Throughout the program, students are asked to immerse themselves actively in the various elements of the day. They are encouraged to articulate questions, formulate answers, participate in problem solving and ask ethical questions on many levels. Students are presented with many opportunities to reflect on their experiences during the day and to present their own perspective on how migrants will continue to contribute to Australia today and into the future.

Curriculum Intent

Humanities and Social Sciences

Inquiry and Skills

  • Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI123)
  • Sequence information about people’s lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines (ACHASSI125)


  • Examine primary and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose (ACHASSI126)
  • Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present (ACHASSI127)

Evaluating and reflecting

  • Evaluate evidence to draw conclusions (ACHASSI129)

Historical Knowledge and Understanding

  • Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children (ACHASSK135)
  • Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated (ACHASSK136)
  • The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation (ACHASSK137)

Cross Curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait histories and cultures
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities maintain a special connection to and responsibility for Country/Place throughout all of Australia

Designing action for sustainability requires an evaluation of past practices, the assessment of scientific and technological developments, and balanced judgments based on projected future economic, social and environmental impacts.

General Capabilities
Critical and creative thinking- identify and clarify information and ideas and organise and process information

Ethical understanding- examine values, pose questions to clarify and interpret information and probe for causes and consequences

Literacy- navigate, read and view learning area texts, interpret and analyse learning area texts

Intercultural understanding- explore and compare cultural knowledge, beliefs and practices, develop respect for cultural diversity, consider and develop multiple perspectives and investigate culture and cultural identity

C2C: HASS Unit 2 ‘Australians as citizens’

Last reviewed 22 January 2019
Last updated 22 January 2019