History / Year 8 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding

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Curriculum content descriptions

Living conditions and religious beliefs in the 14th century, including life expectancy, medical knowledge and beliefs about the power of God (ACDSEH015)

Elaborations
  • investigating living conditions in London in the fourteenth century (for example, the lack of sanitation, crowded housing); the extent of medical knowledge (for example, based on Hippocrates’ theory); and beliefs about the power of God (for example, that diseases were a punishment of God)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Late Middle Ages,  Living standards,  Medicine,  Theism,  Life expectancy

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Black Death: the disease

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Black Death

This resource is about the plague that broke out in England from 1348-49. It provides an overview of the plague in the British Isles beginning with the initial outbreak in Dorset, which then spread to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The resource includes many contemporary descriptions of the plague, the death toll ...

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Ottoman Empire (1301-1922)

This resource is about the rise and fall of the Islamic Ottoman Empire. It includes text and some images. The resource is organised under eight topic headings: Introduction; Why was the Empire successful?; Constantinople; Other religions; Sultan and court; Suleiman – a golden age; Decline; and Find out more. The images ...

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...

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Black Death: the effect of the plague

This resource is about the effects of the plague, known as the Black Death, in rural England from 1348 to 1352. The resource describes deserted villages in rural England, uninhabited after the death of the population from the plague. It reports that the biggest effect of the plague was in rural areas because most people ...

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Royal Flying Doctor Service dentist, NSW, 1962

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Italian migrants and a home of their own

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From cottages to McMansions

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A sustenance project camp in the forest, 1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken by C R Gotts most probably in the 1930s, showing a makeshift tent camp in a cleared forest near Melbourne. The camp was built to accommodate men employed by the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works in sustenance work during the Great Depression. The photograph measures 13.4 cm ...

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'British War Leaders' collectors' card depicting John Curtin, 1950

This is a 'British War Leaders' collectors' card, approximately 3.5 cm x 7 cm, issued by Joseph Lingford and Son Ltd in 1950 and featuring a watercolour sketch of John Curtin (1885-1945). Collectors' cards such as this one were packed in Lingford's custard powder and other products.

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Good and bad medicine in Medieval Europe

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People of the Snowy Mountains Scheme

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Australian and US troops at a rodeo, 1942 - asset 3

This is a segment from an episode of Cinesound Review, a black-and-white newsreel with soundtrack, titled 'Yanks and Aussies bothered by bull', filmed at an unidentified location in Queensland in 1942. Troops are shown sitting on top of a wooden fence around a cattle yard as a young bull escapes and rampages around the ...

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Constructing the Snowy Mountains Scheme

This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources focuses on the work of building the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. It is organised into seven categories: preparing the sites; bringing up supplies; drilling the tunnels; constructing the dams; building the power stations; constructing pressure shafts; and creating ...

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Scenes from the Great Depression, c1930s - asset 8

This is a clip from black-and-white silent documentary footage of unknown origin. It shows the squalid living conditions that people were forced to endure during the Great Depression and includes scenes of a woman sweeping the floor of a bedroom in her house. These scenes are followed by a shot of beds so close together ...

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'Gold digging in Australia 1852: bad results'

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Snowy Mountains Scheme in overview

This collection of digital curriculum resources focuses on the 'big picture' of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. It is organised into three categories: overviews of the Scheme; maps and diagrams of the Scheme; and celebrating stages in the Scheme. The collection contains historic photographs, film footage and ...

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Both respirators

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in a ward at the Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children in Sydney, New South Wales. It shows a row of respirators, with a child lying in one of them. A nurse in uniform is standing close to the child's head and resting one arm on the respirator.

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Corporal John Alexander 'Jack' McBean, 1902

This is a black-and-white half portrait photograph of South Australian corporal John Alexander 'Jack' McBean in 1902. He is wearing the uniform of the Australian Commonwealth Horse Regiment. His slouch hat has a chin strap and is turned up on the left-hand side. Across his chest is a gun belt.