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

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Curriculum content descriptions

Compare objects from the past with those from the present and consider how places have changed over time (ACHASSI039)

Elaborations
  • comparing places that differ over time or across location (for example, climate, natural environment, plants, animals, people‚Äôs home)
  • identifying how objects and activities are similar or different depending on conditions in local and distant places (for example, clothes, transport, technology)
  • identifying features of a site that reveal its past (such as decorations and plaques on buildings) and suggesting clues that help understanding of its history (such as dates, ageing, building style)
  • examining a historical site (for example, a home, a school) to explore how technology has changed life over time (for example, how and where food was obtained and prepared, how people travelled, how people stayed warm or cool, how sewerage was managed, types of work, the roles of men, women, boys and girls)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Artefacts

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Cooking food in the past and present

How might your family cook without electricity or gas? See what some kitchens of people from long ago looked like. Discover ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people cook some food.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Ironing clothes in the olden days

How do your parents get all the wrinkles out of your clothes? Do you sometimes see your parents using an iron? In the olden days there was no electricity, so the iron had to be heated up on a fire. In this video, Buckingham House volunteer Jeannie Green shows us some old-fashioned irons and explains how people used them. ...

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Dancing life into traditional objects: 'Artefact'

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An old camera

Watch as Margot shows you a camera from around 100 years ago! How would you describe it? How is it different to the cameras we use today? Are there any similarities? Can you find the lens on the camera that you or your family uses to take photos? How was getting your photo taken in the olden days different from the way ...

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World’s first bakers?

When did humans begin grinding seeds to make flour? Many people believe bread-making began in Egypt or Mesopotamia as long as 17,000 years ago. Archaeologists have recently found evidence that Indigenous Australians were producing flour 65,000 years ago. Were they the world’s first bakers?

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Warratyi, prehistoric site

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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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An olden day toilet

In the olden days, there were no toilets inside the house. Why do you think that was? Instead there was a "potty" for the children and a commode chair for the parents. Would you be brave enough to help empty the potty in the morning? How did people in the olden days wash their hands if there was no tap? Buckingham House ...

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Virtual reality and the stereoscope

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How did the first humans live?

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Adorning the coffins of Ancient Egyptians

How did the people of ancient Egypt prepare the deceased for the afterlife? Archaeologists have excavated vast numbers of Egyptian mummies and many more remain to be discovered. Be amazed by the colourful paintings and inscriptions that adorn the coffins encasing the mummified bodies of ancient Egyptians.

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Archaeology unearths a mass-murder site

Discover a historic site that could reveal new evidence of the first recorded mass murder on Australian soil. The site is Beacon Island, a small island off the coast of Western Australia near present-day Geraldton. In this clip, reporter Mark Bennett visits the island with two members of a 1963 expedition that first investigated ...

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What is a meat safe?

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Framed embroidery

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Ages of treasure timeline

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National treasures, 2004: Gallipoli boat

'Gallipoli boat' is an episode of the series 'National treasures' produced in 2004. The episode features Lifeboat 6, a small lifeboat that was retrieved from Gallipoli five years after it had landed at Anzac Cove. The boat is now held at the Australian War Memorial. Warren Brown describes the difficult conditions on the ...