The Year 4s recently visited The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia to learn about the difference and similarities between rules and laws.
They were engaged through fun activities to explore the reasons why we have rules and laws in society to help both protect us and keep order.
The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia was established to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to learn more about how our Australian political system works, the relationship with our state system, and how to participate in it more fully.
The Centre is the only complex of its kind in Australia and provides information, exhibitions, teaching, seminars and events relating to civics education. It gives Western Australians the opportunity to learn about our State and Commonwealth systems of government and to explore current issues.
The centre provides an opportunity to examine our political inheritance and to understand how individuals can contribute to the State’s democratic development.
This 60-minute visit focusses on the need for rules at school and the purpose of local government. Students discover the services provided by local government through a fun and interactive fishing activity. The program concludes with a letter-writing activity to their local government leader.
Students continue to build an understanding of civics and citizenship through the concepts of democratic values, rights and responsibilities, and participation. They explore the purpose and services of local government and how this contributes to community life. The notions of belonging and personal identity are further developed to encompass laws, the importance of laws in society and cultural diversity.