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Humanities and social sciences / Year 2 / Knowledge and Understanding / History

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Curriculum content descriptions

How changing technology affected people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past) (ACHASSK046)

Elaborations
  • examining changes in technology over several generations by comparing past and present objects and photographs, and discussing how these changes have shaped people’s lives (for example, changes to land, air and sea transport; the move from wood-fired stoves to gas/electrical appliances; the introduction of transistors, television, FM radio and digital technologies; how people shopped and what they liked to buy, changes in the nature of waste and how waste is managed)
  • identifying technologies used in the childhoods of their grandparents or familiar elders and in their own childhood, and finding out where each was produced
  • examining the traditional toys used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to play and learn (for example, Arrernte children learn to play string games so they can remember stories they have been told)
  • creating models of toys used by children who lived when electricity was not available
  • identifying some rules for children of past generations that do not apply in the present, and some rules of the present that did not exist in the past due to technological changes
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Innovation,  Technology,  Social history,  Lifestyles,  Living standards,  Working conditions,  Recreation

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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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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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Things our grandparents used when they were children

This clip from Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds introduces us to items that were once commonplace for older Australians but are unknown to children today. The items give our seniors a chance to reminisce about their younger days. ________________________________________ For tips on starting an intergenerational program ...

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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.

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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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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Games children play

This Learning Activity includes a sequence of two student activities and a downloadable word documents for teachers’ programming requirements. In Activity 1, students use seven photographs from the State Library of NSW collection to compare games and activities from the past. Activity 2 focuses on sports played in the past ...

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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.

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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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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; ...

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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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Storytelling traditions - unit of work

In this unit of work, students learn about storytelling traditions and how they may be used to pass on important cultural knowledge, such as Dreaming. They listen to, read and view traditional stories now told using writing, illustrations and digital forms. They respond to the stories by creating oral, written and visual ...

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Cross-cultural activities: celebration of culture

This is a set of seven pedagogical activities based on the Museum of Queensland's online learning resource 'Celebration of culture'. The activities include: a science and technology activity - Raising silkworms; a visual arts activity - Making a Chinese dragon; a literature activity - reading the poem The silkworms; a music ...

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55 000 years and counting: celebrating our shared history

This resource is a sequenced series of teaching/learning activities about the Aboriginal history of Australia before British colonisation and the shared Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history after colonisation. Intended for teachers, the 21-page pdf focuses mainly on South Australia, is introduced by background notes, and ...

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Message sticks: rich ways of weaving Aboriginal cultures into the Australian Curriculum

This is a resource about Aboriginal message sticks. Written by Narinda Sandry and intended for teachers, it describes how message sticks were inscribed with symbols and signs to allow messages to be understood by different Aboriginal groups and language speakers. It outlines the cultural contexts within which message sticks ...

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Mystery object: Torres Strait Islands

Look closely at an unusual object from the Torres Strait Islands. Notice it is composed of a shark totem, wooden base, strings and feathers. Work out what it is and how it is used. Examine the size of the object and find out where the materials came from. Explore the location and history of the Torres Strait Islands. Look ...

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Whadjuk country

Ever wondered what life was like for the traditional owners of Perth before the British arrived in 1829? Whadjuk [pronounced wod-JUK] Noongar Elder and ambassador Dr Noel Nannup talks about traditional Whadjuk ways of life and key cultural places in Perth, and he teaches us the Noongar words for some Perth suburbs (such ...

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Aboriginal science tools: the morah stone

This is an article about morah stones, incised grinding stones from the tropical rainforests of northern Queensland, and how they were used by the local Aboriginal peoples to process toxic starchy seeds and kernels. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha and intended mainly for teachers, it describes ...

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A significant local site

This unit of work focuses on the study of a significant local site, supporting the year 2 History curriculum. The Albuera Street Infant School in Tasmania is used as a case study to help students to examine a site and distinguish between past, present and future. This unit of work provides a set of learning sequences with ...