Humanities and social sciences / Year 7 / Knowledge and Understanding

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Curriculum content descriptions

The significant beliefs, values and practices of Indian or Chinese society, with a particular emphasis on ONE of the following areas: everyday life, warfare, or death and funerary customs (ACHASSK179)

Elaborations
  • investigating the significant beliefs, values and practices of Chinese society associated with daily life (for example, irrigation and the practice of agriculture, the teachings of Confucius, the evidence of daily life from the Han tombs)
  • investigating the significant beliefs, values and practices of Indian society (for example, associated with rites of passage for boys and men; rites of passage for girls and women; marriage rites such as the role of the family and religious ceremonies)
  • investigating the significant beliefs, values and practices of Indian society associated with death and funerary customs (for example, cremation, the use of professional mourners, the construction of stupas)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Ancient history,  Indian history,  Beliefs,  War,  Funerals,  Chinese history

Interactive

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Ancient China: crafts and artisans

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Journey to the west - part 2

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Stories: journey to the west

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Ancient China: geography - how Nu Gua created human beings

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The Mahabharata

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Ancient China: geography - explore

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Ancient China: geography - challenge

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Journey to the west - part 1

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