Humanities and social sciences / Year 2 / Inquiry and skills / Questioning

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Curriculum content descriptions

Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events (ACHASSI034)

Elaborations
  • developing how, when, where, why questions at the start of and during an investigation and then revisiting the questions to check if they have been answered
  • developing inquiry questions about a historical site (for example, ‘What does it look like now?’, ‘What condition is it in?’, ‘What was its purpose?’, ‘How might its use have changed?’, ‘How was it built/created?’, ‘Who built it?’, ‘How is it now used?’, ‘Why is it important?’)
  • developing inquiry questions about places (for example, ‘What are the features of the place?’, ‘How far away is it?’, ‘How easy is it to get to?’, ‘How am I connected to it?’)
  • posing questions using the stems, ‘How do I feel about …’, ’What would it be like to …’ and ‘What effect …’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Artefacts,  Geographic location

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 ...

Moving Image

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.

Moving Image

Visit a restored 19th-century cottage

Take a trip back in time to discover what some Australian homes looked like in the past. Visit an old miner's cottage that was built long ago. Explore the kitchen, the living room and the outdoor toilet. Imagine what your life would be like if you grew up in this home.

Moving Image

Sydney Doll Hospital

If you broke your leg, you might go to a hospital. What happens to dolls that might have a broken leg, arm or head? Discover a special hospital in Sydney where broken dolls are mended. Find out how the repair work is done. See what dolls looked like in the past.

Moving Image

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

What's in a name? Chinese rivers, cities and provinces

This is an online resource about the location and the meaning of the names of Chinese provinces, cities and natural features. The resource is a worksheet with two main learning tasks: locating the names of provinces, cities and natural features on a map of China; and translating the meaning of the names. The resource has ...

Teacher resource

Weather and where we live

This is a unit of work about weather and its effects. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Weather concepts and words; Changes in the sky; Houses to suit the weather; How does the drought affect living things?; and ...

Interactive Resource

Google Earth

This is a rich interactive iPad app mapping resource that enables the user to explore locations around the globe. The resource is presented as a map of the world with six main tools to enable navigation: Map layers to enable the user to select what is displayed on the map; a North direction button to reset the view; a My ...

Teacher resource

Farms and people's connections to them

This is a teacher resource containing a sequence of activities for investigating farms and the connections that diverse groups of people have to them. It contains material to assist planning, implementing and assessing a study of different Australian farms, the primary resources that come from farms, and connections that ...

Teacher resource

Types of farms in NSW - unit 3

This is a teacher resource that contains items for planning lessons and teaching about farms with a particular emphasis on the location, climate, features and food production of New South Wales farms. This resource contains a simple program outline and supporting documents that can be downloaded or printed, including a ...

Teacher resource

Easter Show: farm resources - unit 6

This teacher resource contains a program outline, student activities, and links to images and videos. It also contains assessment rubrics relevant to teaching and assessing primary students about the resources and technology used to produce food and fibre. The program outline and supporting documents can be downloaded or ...

Mobile app

Explorer for ArcGIS: mapping tool app

This is a rich interactive IOS and Android app resource that displays maps from a range of sources and provides tools to manipulate and interrogate the maps. The resource appears as a map with eight main functions: a Maps button providing access to a gallery of maps; an Overview button providing information about the current ...

Teacher resource

Yulunga: kandomarngutta

In some parts of Australia children were allowed to use the bullroarer (whirlers), or small versions of it, as a source of amusement. In other areas the bullroarer had a special significance and was not used as a ‘toy’. In parts of Victoria a bullroarer called the kandomarngutta was used. This was a thin piece of wood, ...