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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

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Meeting at Kamay

This resource explores the perspectives of the Aboriginal people of Kamay Botany Bay and the men aboard the HMB Endeavour upon their meeting in 1770. It aims to help students understand the history of Australia's Aboriginal peoples and why stories of the past are important to all of us. This resource is one part of the ...

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A curator's life

Imagine what it would feel like to spend your life looking after remnants of the past. This is the life of many museum curators. Enchanted by old things since childhood, Catherine Reade has turned this love into a career where she can use her knowledge of art history to help manage and care for collections of art and artefacts. 

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Virtual reality and the stereoscope

Do you know what virtual reality (VR) is? VR is something you can experience if you put on a VR headset. The headset lets you see and hear things that make you feel like you're in a completely different place. Perhaps you've seen people using VR headsets or even tried one out yourself. In this video, Margot shows us an ...

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Out and about with the Nyul Nyul Rangers

Come on a journey to Beagle Bay, north of Broome in Western Australia, to meet a group called the Nyul Nyul Rangers. Hear these rangers speak about their ongoing cultural and spiritual connection with the land and water that they help to protect. Watch them fish and hear how they teach survival practices to the younger generation.

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How might water shortages in the Basin affect you?

The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia's largest river system and it's an important source of water for many Australian communities and farmers. In this clip from mid-2013, Discover more about the Basin, how it connects people and places, and the impact that drought and people's use has on this natural resource.

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How does desalination work?

Perth's water supplies are under pressure. The reason: declining rainfall in the southwest of Western Australia. In this clip, join Peter Rowsthorn as he tours a desalination plant and investigates how to turn sea water into drinking water. With similar plants popping up around Australia, will desalination be the solution ...

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Re-creation of Shackleton's Antarctic survival

In 1914 Ernest Shackleton and his crew set out on an expedition to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. But things went horribly wrong when their ship was crushed by ice on the way. In this news clip, witness an Australian scientist about to set out with five others to re-create Shackleton's remarkable journey of survival, ...

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Rise of the machines: drones

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Surviving the extremes

What would you do if a natural disaster was heading for you? Would you panic? Dr Jonica Newby and the Catalyst team stage two disaster scenarios and throw them at two Australian families who know only that a disaster of some kind is coming. How will they cope? And how would you?

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Warratyi, prehistoric site

A rock shelter in the Flinders Range, called Warratyi, has proven to be an important prehistoric site. Learn how dating of artefacts and fossils from the site has changed our previous conceptions of human settlement and technology, and even our interactions with megafauna.

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Bardi Jawi Rangers: caring for country

Join Dwayne and Trevor as they show us around their 'office', which must have some of the best views in Australia! They are Bardi Jawi Rangers, working hard to care for country on the Dampier Peninsula in the West Kimberley. See the spectacular landscape they work in and hear why Dwayne and Trevor love their jobs.

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Sextant - Troughton, c1820

This is a brass pillar-frame sextant with inset silver/platinum scale, made by Troughton of London, circa 1820, with serial number 940. The sextant is housed in a fitted wooden box and has two interchangeable eyepieces and two sets of coloured filters. It is graduated to 145 degrees. Its arm has a silver vernier and a microscope. ...

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EnviroNorth: savanna walkabout

This is an interactive website about Australia's savannas. It has four main sections providing information about where tropical savannas are located across the world; the importance of termites in Australia's tropical savannas ecosystem; the lifecycle of the termite; and the research being conducted in Australia's savannas. ...

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ABS: national regional profile, 2007-2011

This is a digital resource provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which can be used to investigate data relating to the economy, population and people, industry, and environment and energy of selected regions in Australia. The resource contains maps and enables a region to be searched based on a range of geographical ...

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Polar-bear fur mittens worn in Antarctica, 1938-56

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Sledge used by Bertram Armytage in Antarctica, 1907-09

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Banner for Women on Farms Gatherings in Victoria, 1990-2004

This is the Women on Farms Gathering perpetual banner, displaying 15 patches that illustrate Women on Farms Gatherings in Victoria from 1990 to 2004. The banner includes patches from Warragul (1990), Sea Lake (1991), Numurkah (1992), Tallangatta (1993), Glenormiston (1994), Swan Hill (1995), Ararat (1996), Bendigo (1997), ...

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Banner - Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch, 1915

This is a large double-sided trade union banner made by W G Dunstan for the Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch. It consists of a single piece of unprimed canvas, with images painted in oils on both sides. The banner has a red fringe on the bottom and hangs from a metal rod attached ...

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Antarctic huskies Morrie and Ursa

This photograph shows Morrie and Ursa, two of the last of the huskies used in the Australian Antarctic Territory and now on display at the Melbourne Museum.

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Matches from Scott's hut in Antarctica, pre-1911

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