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Curriculum content descriptions

How the stories of families and the past can be communicated, for example, through photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media and museums (ACHASSK013)

Elaborations
  • engaging with the oral traditions, painting and music of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and recognising that the past is communicated through stories passed down from generation to generation
  • sharing the story of an object from their family’s past (for example, a photograph, old toy, statue, medal, artwork, jewellery, stories), describing its importance to the family and creating a class museum
  • recognising that stories of the past may differ depending on who is telling them (for example, listening to stories about the same event related by two different people such as a mother and a grandmother)
  • using images, students’ stories and stories from other places to explore what families have in common (for example, people who provide for their needs and wants, love, safety, rituals, celebrations, rules, change such as new babies and dying)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Artefacts,  Family histories

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 ...

Teacher resource

Talking Time: an exploration of time - how we change over time

This integrated lesson sequence that explores the concept and language of time and then moves to using sources and artefacts to show their own personal history. Students will share personal artefacts and those shared from their families to explore concepts of time, history and change.

Teacher resource

People live in places. Important places - Homes

This sequence of five activities focuses on places. Students investigate their own home as an introduction to the concept of place. The inquiry can be expanded to include other places students belong to, why they are important and how they care for them. These activities use photographic resources from The State Library ...

Teacher resource

National Museum of Australia: what is this?

This is an online teacher resource containing six videos for use with students, associated classroom learning activities and a teacher resource video that focuses on teaching history to Foundation year students. The videos model inquiry learning processes for children by featuring a puppet, Teddy, who investigates objects ...

Moving Image

Celebrating a new baby

Have you ever visited a new baby? Come along with Levi as he meets his baby sister for the first time. Find out why people get so excited when a new baby arrives. Find out how families let people know about a new baby.

Moving Image

Celebrating achievements

Discover some different ways that people celebrate achievements. This clip takes you to two big celebrations: a street parade and a graduation. Find out what it takes to achieve things worth celebrating. Learn some ways that you can help others achieve.

Teacher resource

Who are the families of the world?

This is a unit of work about the diversity of families around the world. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled We are family; Who are the people in my family?; Families that work together; Let's remember the good times; ...

Assessment resource

Foundation/Prep history assessment - Exploring my family history

This is an assessment package that uses the Foundation 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 'Personal and Family Histories'. Children investigate their family history ...

Teacher resource

My history - unit of work

This unit of work helps students develop an awareness of the passage of time and how events of the past can shape those of the present. The unit focuses on the students’ own history and that of their family and home.

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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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Celebrating a first birthday

Meet Samantha. It is Samantha's first birthday and her Vietnamese family is planning a very special celebration. Discover what happens at a Vietnamese first birthday celebration.

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, ...

Teacher resource

'In my day' and 'Stan's story': oral history - teacher resource

This resource is a professional learning package designed for pre-service teachers. It demonstrates and investigates the interrelated content, pedagogy and technology knowledge in student interpretation and creation of local oral history. The resource provides video footage of a teacher and students conducting an oral history ...

Interactive resource

Primary history: historical inquiry - interpreting and analysing historical documents

These seven learning activities focus on interpreting and analysing historical documents using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), and illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers assist ...

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Girls at the Fairbridge farm school at Molong, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1954 that shows two girls preparing food at the Fairbridge farm school in Molong, New South Wales. The girls wear white aprons over khaki school uniforms and stand at a wooden table. Behind the girls on the left of the photograph is the school dining hall.

Moving Image

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.

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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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Enid Lyons baking in the Prime Minister's Lodge, c1932

This is a black-and-white photograph, 19.3 cm x 24.5 cm, of Enid Lyons (later Dame Enid) (1897-1981) rolling pastry on a marble pastry slab in the kitchen of the Prime Minister's Lodge, Canberra, in the 1930s. She wears a full apron and works at a wide bench top. There are wooden cupboards to the right of the photograph ...

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Andrew Fisher laying the foundation stone for Perth Trades Hall, 1911

This is a black-and-white photograph of a large crowd watching Australian Prime Minister Andrew Fisher laying the foundation stone for the Perth Trades Hall on 8 August 1911. A caption on the photograph reads 'THE LAYING OF FOUNDATION STONE TRADES HALL BY ANDREW FISHER AUG. 8: 1911'.