Victorian School Curriculum Links

School Programs for Victorian Curriculum levels 3-10 (Years 3-10)

Victorian School Curriculum Links at a Glance

Your visit to Cape Otway Lightstation strongly aligns to specific learning outcomes in History, Geography and Design and Technologies. It also provides a rich learning context to address outcomes in English, Civics and Citizenship, Critical and Creative Thinking, Health and Physical Education, Intercultural Capability, Personal and Social Capability and Ethical Capability across Levels 1-10 before, during and after your visit. 

Teachers, why not also use your visit as a springboard for follow up classroom activities in the Learning Areas of Media Arts, Drama, Visual Arts and Mathematics.

Use the following key to easily match themes/topics to specific learning outcomes in History, Geography and Design and Technologies. These themes/topics are listed below each relevant learning outcome. 


    Life in the 19th Century19th C
    Communication at Cape Otway Comms 
    Immigration and Shipwrecks Immigration 
    Weather at Cape OtwayWeather
    Native Plant TalksHut
    World War 2 at The CapeWW2
    Lighthouses and NavigationLighthouses
    Remote Living at The CapeRemote


    Levels 3/4

    Historical Skills All skills apply.

    Historical Knowledge Community and first contacts. The significance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to a local area. 19th C, Remote, Hut.

    A significant example of change and a significant example of continuity over time in the local community, region or state/territory. 19th C, Remote.

    The role that people of diverse backgrounds have played in the development and character of the local community and/or other societies. 19th C, Remote.

    The diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the significant ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the effects on their daily lives. Hut.

    Levels 5/6

    Historical Skills All skills apply.

    Historical Knowledge From Colony to Nation.

    The Australian Colonies The social, economic and political causes and reasons for the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800. Immigration.

    The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced changing patterns of development, how the environment changed, and aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 19th C, Hut.

    The causes and the reasons why people migrated to Australia from Europe and Asia, and the perspectives, experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony. Immigration.

    The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping and changing a colony. Remote, 19th C, Immigration.

    Australia as a Nation The different experiences and perspectives of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants, women and children. Immigration, Hut.

    The stories and perspectives of people who migrated to Australia, including from one Asian country, and the reasons they migrated. Immigration.

    Significant contributions of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrants, to changing Australian society. Remote, 19th C, Immigration, Hut.

    Levels 7/8

    Historical Skills All skills apply.

    Historical Knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures: How physical or geographical features influenced the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ communities, foundational stories and land management practices. Hut.

    The significant beliefs, values and practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures including trade with other communities, causes and effects of warfare, death and funerary customs. Hut.

    The nature of sources of evidence about ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australia’s ancient past, such as the use of resources. Hut.

    The importance of conserving the remains of the ancient past, including the heritage, culture and artefacts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Hut.

    Levels 9/10

    Historical Skills All skills apply.

    Historical Knowledge The Making of the Modern World and Australia 1750-1918. 19th C, Immigration, Lighthouses.

    Colonisation of Australia Expansion of European power. 19th C, Immigration, Hut.

    The Modern World and Australia Rights and Freedoms 1945-Present – all learning outcomes relating to rights and freedoms of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Hut, WW2, Remote.      

    The Globalising World Migration Experiences. Immigration, Lighthouses.



    Levels 3/4

    Diversity and significance of places and environments. Similarities and differences in individuals’ and groups’ feelings and perceptions about places, and how they influence views about the protection of these places. Weather, Remote, 19th C.

    Similarities and differences between places in terms of their type of settlement, demographic characteristics and the lives of the people who live there. Remote, 19th C.    

    The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, and the custodial responsibility they have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability. Hut.

    Levels 5/6

    Factors that shape places and influence interconnections. Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places. Hut.

    Environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of places and the management of spaces within them. 19th C, Remote.

    Factors that influence people’s awareness and opinion of places. 19th C, Remote.

    Levels 7/8

    Place and liveability. Factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places. Remote, 19th C, Weather.

    Landforms and Landscapes. Human causes of landscape degradation, the effects on landscape quality and the implications for places. Remote, 19th C.

    Spiritual, cultural and aesthetic value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, that influence the significance of places, and ways of protecting significant landscapes. Hut.

    Changing nations Reasons for and effects of international migration to Australia.       

    Levels 9/10

    Biomes and Food Security. Land and resource management strategies used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve food security over time. Hut.

    Geographies of Interconnection. Effects of people’s travel, recreational, cultural or leisure choices on places, and the implications for the future of these places.

    Environmental Change and Management. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of Australia. Hut.

    Different types and distribution of environmental changes and the form it takes in different places. Hut.


    Design and Technologies

     Levels 5/6

    Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use. Weather, Lighthouses, 19th C.

    Investigate how forces or electrical energy can control movement, sound or light in a designed product or system. Lighthouses, 19th C.

    Levels 9/10

    Investigate and make judgements on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of food and fibre. Hut.

    Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions against comprehensive criteria for success, recognising the need for sustainability. Weather, Lighthouses, Remote, 19th C, Hut. 

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