Humanities and social sciences / Foundation / Inquiry and skills / Questioning

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Curriculum content descriptions

Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events (ACHASSI001)

Elaborations
  • posing questions about family and places having explored sources relating to their own life (for example, sources such as family interviews, photographs, stories, film, classmates’ paintings, excursions to places)
  • inquiring about the lives, places and events of family members and inquiring about their own history (for example, asking the questions ‘How old was I?’ ‘Where was I?’ and ‘What was I doing?’ in response to family photographs)
  • posing questions about artefacts of the past (for example, ‘Is it old or new?’, ‘What was it used for?’) and representations of places (for example, ‘Where is this place?’, ‘What does this show?’ and ‘What is that?’)
  • asking questions about the place they are in after being encouraged to observe it using different senses
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Historical inquiry,  Research questions,  Observations (Data),  Human settlements

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Assessment resource

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Interactive Resource

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