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Curriculum content descriptions

Cultural achievements of the Khmer civilisation, including its system of water management and the building of the temples of Angkor (ACDSEH061)

Elaborations
  • describing the main features of the water management system at Angkor (for example, the extensive use of reservoirs and canals)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Cambodian history,  Heritage,  Water resources,  Temples

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Zhou Daguan's account of Medieval Angkor

The city of Angkor was the centre of the mighty Khmer Empire for five hundred years, beginning around 900 CE. It was not only one of the most populous cities in the world, it featured some of the most sophisticated architecture and infrastructure, particularly in regards to water distribution. In this beautiful animation, ...

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Mysteries of Angkor

Did you know that around 800 years ago the world's biggest city was in Cambodia? From the 10th century, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire, which ruled a huge part of South-East Asia for around three centuries. But Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century. Discover how modern archaeological techniques are now helping ...

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Exploring Angkor with Zhou Daguan

Angkor, located in northwest Cambodia, was one of the world’s most impressive cities in the years between 900 and 1431 CE. With its elaborate temples, canals, dependable agriculture and powerful military, Angkor supported three quarters of a million people, making it the most populous pre-industralised city in the world. ...

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Fair and reliable reporting on Medieval Angkor

What are the dangers of relying on one historical source for an understanding of an ancient society? How important is it for historians to verify information? In this animation of one of history's most significant documents, Zhou Dugaun's 'A Record of Cambodia: the land and its People', consider the reliability of Zhou's ...

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Angkor Wat

This is a colour photograph of the Angkor Wat temple in the northern Cambodian province of Siem Reap. The sandstone of the temple looks golden in the early morning light, and is reflected in the water in the foreground. A gallery with columns extends around the outside of the ground floor of the building and the rest of ...

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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 ...

Teacher resource

Forgotten heroes

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a 29-page PDF about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who joined the Australian Armed Services during times of war. The education pack is introduced by background notes, and is organised in three main sections: Early Years; Primary Years; and Middle Years. Each section ...

Teacher resource

Teaching history

This resource provides comprehensive information on good teaching practice in History education. It is suitable for pre-service teachers or experienced educators new to the discipline of History. It introduces the structure and requirements of the Australian History curriculum and includes film clip interviews with leaders ...

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Anzac Portal

The Anzac Portal website provides historical and educational resources on Australia's wartime history including wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations from the Boer War through to the present. The site has collected together a vast collection of primary source materials including still and moving images, digital exhibitions ...

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Engaging in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Teaching and Learning Strategies – a practical approach to the Arts

This resource is a collection of videos which support the practical teaching and learning of Indigenous history and culture through the Arts. All of the videos presented are highlights from a two-day professional learning workshop hosted by ArtsEdge in Western Australia, where artists have explored the Australian cross-curriculum ...

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Through our eyes: series 1

This series of 18 short videos provides insights into the land management practices and social, spiritual and cultural knowledge of the Ngemba, Kamilaroi and Euahlayi Aboriginal language groups in north-western NSW. The videos are presented by the Aboriginal Elders and knowledge-holders and cover a range of topics including ...

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Syllabus Bites: The Polynesian expansion

This resource is a webpage with information, study guide and resources on Polynesian and Maori history.

Teacher resource

Voyage to the Pacific

This is a unit of work about the origin and spread of the peoples of the Pacific Island countries. Intended for years 7 and 8, the resource consists of four single- or multi-lesson activities, titled Pacific Islander people, Evidence of voyages, Alternative views, and Valuing knowledge. Student activities include mapping; ...

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Anzac Day in Gundagai in 1920 - asset 2

This is a short excerpt from a documentary about Gundagai's welcome home for the soldiers of Gundagai and surrounding districts returning from the First World War, filmed on Anzac Day in 1920. The excerpt shows a small crowd who have gathered, possibly at Gundagai's local hospital, to watch or take part in a two-up game.

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Step Pyramid at Saqqara, c2600 BCE

This is a fly-through animation of the Step Pyramid and temple complex of the pharaoh Netjerikhet Djoser in Egypt as they might have appeared in the time of the Old Kingdom. Interspersed with footage of the pyramid today, and accompanied by a detailed commentary, the animation shows the location of Memphis and its nearby ...

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Aboriginal Welcome to Country and other protocols explained

This online library of resources inlcudes a range of website links, mobile apps and organisation contacts which explore Aboriginal protocols in the Western Australian context.

Teacher resource

Angkor Wat bas relief carvings

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore images of life during the ancient Khmer Empire, including its dancers, using bas reliefs found on the walls of the temples of Angkor. The teacher notes provide background information about the ancient Khmer ...

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Show me the evidence: finding proof of the Inca

Do you have a time machine? If not, how can you be certain that your understanding of history is correct? In this clip from the 1985 documentary 'Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon', reporter Jack Pizzey considers what is known about the Inca Empire. He acknowledges there is much that we can't be sure of. This clip is ...

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Thomas Keneally – fascinating facts about Aboriginal people

In this resource Thomas Keneally speaks about the extraordinary things he discovered about Aboriginal people from a archaeological dig at Brewarrina.

Interactive Resource

Remembering them - mobile application

This App provides a geocoded list and historical descriptions of memorials, museums, shrines, monuments, buildings and war graves and other Australian sites that commemorate Australian's wartime history. The cross-platform application is available for free download from iTunes and Google Play. Teacher notes are available ...