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History / Year 7 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding

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Curriculum content descriptions

The role of a significant individual in Indian history such as Chandragupta Maurya or Ashoka (ACDSEH133)

Elaborations
  • examining the historical context, early life and achievements of a significant historical figure from India in this period, and how they were perceived by their contemporaries
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Ancient history,  Indian history

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