REGIONAL AND REMOTE SCHOOLS LOAN BOX PROGRAMS
The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia, The Parliamentary Education Office, Francis Burt Law Education Centre and The Electoral Education Centre have developed a number of loan boxes for use by schools in the remote and regional areas of the State. These boxes are available for a period of one month – free of charge.
Although we have some presenters based in a number of major regional centres around the state we are unable to cover all areas. In an attempt to provide a service to areas we cannot physically reach we have developed programs with materials that can be used by teachers in their own classroom to achieve the civics outcomes.
Each kit contains a complete program with an interactive activity and teacher’s notes.
MIDDLE /UPPER PRIMARY/LOWER SECONDARY- ALL PROGRAMS LINKED TO OUTCOMES
SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR 2011
CHOGM (suitable years 6-10)
The program has been developed because the CHOGM meeting will be held in WA in October 2011. There will be visits from the leaders of the 54 Commonwealth Countries and possibly the Queen. It looks at what is the Commonwealth, what is CHOGM, what does it do and how does it do it. This program is linked to the United Nations Millennium Goals and we then go on to look at some of the issues for various Commonwealth countries. We do this via a Bingo style game. Students work in pairs with a country and its issues. The culmination will be looking at the groupings of issues eg. Global warming – countries in Oceania, child health – particularly African nations. There will be teachers’ notes linking to the Outcome statements.
1. Electoral Education Voting Activity – JCE VOTING. (Suitable for all levels)
Students explore our preferential voting system and participate in a mock election. This program enables students to explore one of the most important democratic rights in an enjoyable but informative manner. Teacher’s notes provided.
2. The Power Game – JCE POWER GAME. (Suitable for upper primary, lower secondary)
This program looks at the powers that come to the State under the State and Commonwealth Constitutions. It answers the question – Who is Responsible – State Government or Federal Government? This is a board game and is accompanied by teacher’s notes.
3. From a Bill to an Act – JCE PARLIAMENT (Suitable for upper primary, lower secondary)
This board game displays how a bill progresses through the state Parliament. The game simplifies some of the complex paths a bill can take but preserves the general journey, especially the passage between the lower and upper Houses in Western Australia - the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.
4. First Meeting Game and True Council Game (Suitable for upper primary, lower secondary)
This tandem board game is designed to give students some background and history to the establishment of government in early Western Australia. The students’ task is to deliberate and select six suitable candidates from a collection of twenty citizens in order to recreate the combination of officials who formed Western Australia’s first Legislative Council of 1832.
5. Rules and Laws – (Years 4-5) (middle primary)
This program looks at the difference between rules and laws. It uses a fun approach to explore the processes used in making rules and to compare this to the process used to make laws.
6 Three Levels of Government (Suitable for middle/upper primary, lower secondary)
This program is based around the role of government and the three levels of government in Australia. It is an interactive quiz style program that enables students to progress through the levels of government looking at how they came into being, what the roles of each is and what are their responsibilities. Teacher’s notes are provided.
7. Democracy in Action (Suitable for middle/upper primary, lower secondary)
A program that can have either a State or Federal Government focus. Students participate in the electoral process in lower houses, explore the rules or constitutional set up that determines how this level of Government works and consider an issue and follow its path as it progresses through Parliament from Bill to Law.
8. Federation (Suitable for upper primary, lower secondary)
The aim of this interactive program is to provide students with an understanding of federation and enables students to investigate why federation occurred, how it came about and how this led to the formation of our nation.
9. Constitutional Challenge (Suitable for upper primary, lower secondary)
Students work their way through a series of seven activities to learn more about our federation and our constitution. The topics include Federation, The Australian Constitution, The Three Levels of Government, House of Representatives, Senate, The Western Australian Parliament and Voting in Referendums. This program provides an excellent follow up to the Three Levels of Government, Power Game, Electoral Activity and Federation programs.
10. The Francis Burt Law Education Centre Pack (suitable for middle primary – lower secondary) – FBLEC PACK
The FBLEC pack focuses on SOSE NSS Political and Legal Systems for years 4-8. The pack consist of a “Rule or Law?” card game (years 4-7), a legal and civics worksheet booklet (years 5-8), an interactive CD Rom from the Youth Legal Service and a poster describing the jury system. A teacher’s pack with solutions is provided for each resource.
Bookings are essential.
If you would like to make a booking please contact the Centre at:
The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia
PO Box 1619, West Perth 6872
Telephone: (08) 6552 6222 Fax: (08) 6552 6229