Humanities and social sciences / Year 1 / Inquiry and skills / Questioning

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Curriculum content descriptions

Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events (ACHASSI018)

Elaborations
  • posing questions with the stems ‘where’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ about families, celebrations, places and the weather
  • asking questions before, during and after listening to stories about people and places and about their past and present
  • preparing questions for parents and members of older generations about how they lived in the past, where they lived and the places they value
  • collecting and displaying everyday objects (for example, toys, telephone, radio, cooking utensils, clothes) and other sources (for example, photos, found objects, maps, observation sketches) to stimulate ‘Where’, ‘What’, ‘When’, ‘How’ and ‘Why?’ questions
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Historical inquiry,  Artefacts

Assessment resource

Year 1 history assessment - Exploring my family life: My past, present and future

This is an assessment package that uses the Year 1 Australian Curriculum history achievement standard to gather evidence about how well students have demonstrated what they know, what they understand and what they can do in relation to the topic 'Present and Past Family Life'. Children construct a history box using objects ...

Teacher resource

National Museum of Australia: feeding the family

This is an online teacher resource containing three sets of historical images, associated classroom learning activities and a teacher resource video that focuses on teaching history to students in years 1 and 2. Through examining kitchens, milk and picnics as represented in the three sets of historical images, students ...

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First day jitters

What was the first day of school like for your parents? This clip shows a group of children arriving at school with their parents in 1974.

Teacher resource

Personal timelines

This unit explores the concept and language of time and then moves to using sources to create a personal representation of the passing of time by exploring memory and creating a personal timeline.

Teacher resource

Farms have distinctive features

This resource is a 32 page pdf integrated inquiry unit, for junior primary students, exploring how the distinctive qualities of a farm space influence farming practice. This unit uses the five stage inquiry model to sequence activities. Topics explored include: how do weather patterns and seasons affect farms?; Why are ...

Teacher resource

Holidays, past and present

This three- part activity compares similarities and differences between family holidays of the past with the present. Students view the Allen family's photo album (1899 - 1900) and compare them with holidays they have experienced.

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Celebrating a baby's baptism

Meet Vincent and his family and friends as they celebrate his baptism. Find out what happens when a baby is baptised in the Catholic church. Come along to Vincent's party afterwards for some fun, good food and an amazing christening cake.

Interactive Resource

How times change

This is a teacher resource that focuses on change over time and contains sequences of teaching activities for presentation before and after interactive activities, links to related resources and information, image galleries and ICT tutorials. The resource incorporates videos showing changes at school and interviews about ...

Teacher resource

Little history

This is a collection of digital resources including image galleries, short videos and an interactive designed for early-primary history. It uses toys and games to help students understand the past and present, and concepts such as continuity and change over time. Student resources consist of a digital storybook about toys ...

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School in the 1940s

Imagine going to school in the 'olden days' (the 1940s). Find out what morning assembly looked like. Discover the things that children kept in their desks and what they used to do their writing. This clip shows you what school was like in the past as two adults (actors Terry Norris and Carmel Millhouse) remember what they ...

Teacher resource

How times change

This resource is a website supporting teachers and students of the Australian Curriculum: History in Year 1. Includes teacher support, curriculum connections and ready-to-use digital resources about the present, past and future and about differences between their own lives and those of people in the past.

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Playgrounds, billycarts and hot rods

Discover what school holidays were like for children in the past. In this black-and-white clip, a reporter asks some school children how they feel about holidays. Find out what kinds of things children did on their holidays when your parents and grandparents were your age.

Teacher resource

The Stolen Generations

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a 26-page pdf about the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, the consequent effects on individuals, their families and communities, and the actions to promote Reconciliation that have been taken and should be taken in response. The education ...

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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Bell's gone!

School finishes for the day and parents are waiting to take their children home. Find out what school pickup time looked like in 1974.

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Twinkle, twinkle, little ducks

A class of children join in a singing lesson on their first day of school in 1974. Watch and see how school has changed, and stayed the same, over time.

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What's for lunch on the first day of school?

It's Shelley's first day of school and her mum shows her what's packed in her lunch box. Find out what school lunches looked like in 1974.

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Candles, cards and carols: Christmas in 1983

How do people celebrate Christmas now? This clip shows some of the ways Christmas was celebrated in 1983. People sent cards, gave presents and sang carols. Have things changed?

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Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub: Australian disasters

This is a curated collection of articles, photographs and internet links related to natural, technological and human-caused events including bushfires, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, shipwrecks, urban fires, chemical and industrial events in Australia. Events included have posed a serious threat to a community or property ...