Links to the Australian Curriculum


The Duyfken story is particularly relevant to the new Australian Curriculum. As well as obvious links with the history curriculum there are strong links with other learning areas such as English, Mathematics and Science.

The story of Duyfken also has strong links to the three cross curriculum priorities identified by ACARA (The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority):

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders histories and cultures
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability

Duyfken also offers exciting and creative opportunities to address the seven general capabilities which encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that together with curriculum content in each learning area and the cross-curriculum priorities, will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) capability
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and social capability
  • Ethical behavior
  • Intercultural understanding

Duyfken links to the new Australian History Curriculum

Key Inquiry Questions

Year One – Present and Past Family Life

  • How can we show that the present is different or similar to the past?
  • How do we describe the sequence of time?

Year Two – The Past in the Present 

  • What aspects of the past can you see today?
  • What remains of the past are important to the local community? Why?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?
Year Three – Community and Remembrance
  • Who lived here first and how do we know it?
  • How has our community changed? What features have been lost and what features have been retained?
  • What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community?
  • How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?

Year Four – First Contacts

  • Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
  • What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People’s before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • Why did Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

Year Five – The Australian Colonies

  • How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?
  • What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?
    (Suggested Case Study:  Early Dutch exploration, the mapping of the west coast and the Swan River Colony)

Year Six – Australian as a Nation

  • What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian Society?
    (Suggested Case Study:  The Duyfken Replica: the role of replicas and re- enactments in understanding our history)

Year Eight – The Ancient to the Modern World (c.650 AD (CE) – 1750)

  • How did societies change from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern age?
  • What key beliefs and values emerged and how did they influence societies?
  • What were the causes and effects of contact between societies in this period?
  • Which significant people, groups and ideas from this period have influenced the world today?