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History / Year 8 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding

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Curriculum content descriptions

The way of life in the Khmer Empire, including, social, cultural, economic and political features (including the role of the king ) (ACDSEH011)

Elaborations
  • describing the way of life in the Khmer Empire through stone carvings and the writings of the Chinese Ambassador Zhou Daguan (for example, in relation to fishing, trading in markets, temple construction)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Cambodian history,  Social history,  Lifestyles,  Monarchy

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Zhou Daguan's account of Medieval Angkor

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Mysteries of Angkor

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Ngapartji Ngapartji: powerful, explosive theatre

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Doing justice to a remarkable play

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Outback House - travelling to the homestead

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Hinduism in Tamil dynasties

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Get to know Hindu deities Shiva and Vishnu

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Sweet, merry and bright Danish Christmas delights

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Dancing in the streets of Beijing

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Building the Sydney Opera House

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William Cuffay: Chartist, son of a freed slave

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How life can change

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What is Sikhism?

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'A rough, rough gig'

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A Kimberley welcome

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Good and bad medicine in Medieval Europe

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