Curriculum alignment

These Year 5 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum inquiry questions, content descriptions and achievement standards relate to the Year 5 unit of work. Relevant content descriptions from the Year 5 Australian English Curriculum are also listed.

Year 5 inquiry questions

  • What is democracy in Australia and why is voting in a democracy important?
  • Why do we have laws and regulations?
  • How and why do people participate in groups to achieve shared goals?

Civics and citizenship content descriptions

Knowledge and understanding

  • The key values that underpin Australia's democracy (ACHASSK115)
  • Why regulations and laws are enforced and the personnel involved (ACHASSK117)
  • How people with shared beliefs and values work together to achieve a civic goal (ACHASSK118)

Inquiry and skills


Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094)


Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources (ACHASSI095)

Evaluating and reflecting

Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI102)

Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI104)


Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI105)

Achievement standard

The following aspects of the Year 5 achievement standards are covered by this unit:

  • Students identify the importance of values and processes to Australia's democracy
  • Students develop questions for an investigation.
  • Students locate and collect data and information from a range of sources to answer inquiry questions
  • Students work with others to generate alternative responses to an issue or challenge and reflect on their learning to independently propose action, describing the possible effects of their proposed action
  • Students present their ideas, findings and conclusions in a range of communication forms using discipline-specific terms and appropriate convention

View the entire achievement standards from the Year 5 civics and citizenship curriculum.

English curriculum content descriptions


Interacting with others

Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposes (ACELY1796)

Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements (ACELY1700)


Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website on 24.10.17. (curriculum version 8.3)

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