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Children painting at immigration centre

This is a photograph of immigrant children painting outside the preschool play centre at the Scheyville Immigration Centre near Windsor, north-west of Sydney, in 1960. Three young girls and a boy are painting at easels on a lawn outside the converted Nissan hut that housed the play centre. A smiling woman is supervising them.

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Bush Preschool

The teacher takes her preschool class outside the school environment to experience a ‘Bush Preschool’ program. The program is modelled on an exemplary Victorian preschool program. As a preschool educator, she wants her students to take risks, trust themselves and others, to feel success, to be inspired, and to connect with ...


Horsehead nebula

This is a colour photograph of a gas- and dust-filled region in the constellation Orion. Dark material, resembling a horse's head chess piece, is silhouetted in contrast to the upper backdrop of a soft pink-red glow, from where wispy filaments stream out. A bright pink-yellow region at lower left spotlights contorted dark ...


Indigenous students at school, c1941

This black-and-white photograph shows five Indigenous Australian children at school. Shot in close-up the photograph shows the young children gazing attentively, pencils in hand. They are seated in two crowded rows at long wooden desks and have half-size exercise books in addition to their pencils.

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Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? - unit of work

In this unit of work students examine a variety of texts that feature a wolf as a key character. They distinguish between fiction and non-fiction texts and focus on storybooks to compare and contrast the interpretations. They use a variety of dramatic techniques to help them understand the characters and develop their own ...

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Growing and changing - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the concepts of growing and changing and learn how to write descriptions and explanations.

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A flight of fantasy - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the fantasy genre by examining a series of titles by Anna and Barbara Fienberg. They dramatise the thoughts and feelings of the characters through simple drama activities and develop their narrative writing skills through a focus on descriptive and figurative language. The unit is ...

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Tell it like it is - unit of work

In this unit of work students learn about sequence and detail through recounting and sequencing details of personal events, literary texts and procedures.


Animal weapons: dolphin

This is a colour clip showing dolphins, among the most intelligent mammals and most versatile hunters, using different methods for catching prey in different situations. When hunting alone dolphins use their sonar to locate fish, pursuing them at about 32 kilometres per hour. They make continuous movements of their head ...


Children playing at immigration centre

This is a photograph, taken in 1952, of immigrant children taking part in manipulative play at the preschool play centre in the Scheyville Immigration Centre. Neatly groomed European children sit around a table, playing with cut-out games in a rather bare room.


Perfume-bottle holder, c1875

This is a 'lady's companion' - a perfume-bottle holder - made by German master silversmith Henry Steiner (1835-1914), who came to Adelaide in 1858. The work measures 33.5 cm x 24.0 cm x 11.8 cm. Its most remarkable feature is the centrepiece of the design, which is an actual emu egg that encloses two perfume bottles. The ...


'Mystic morn', 1904

This is a large oil painting (122.8 cm x 184.3 cm) by Hans Heysen (1877-1968). Painted in 1904, it shows a small group of cattle threading their way through a group of saplings early in the morning. The cattle are entering the picture from the left and lead the eye towards a distant clearing that is just visible through ...


'Castle Rock, Cape Schanck', 1865

This is a landscape painting in oils, measuring 61.0 cm x 91.3 cm, by Eugene von Guérard (1811-1901), dated 1865. It shows a section of coastline from the land looking out to sea. The section that fills about half of the total image is a view that takes in a series of low rocky shelves running into the water, and a high ...


'Koala bowl', 1932

This is a ceramic bowl made in 1932 by Merric Boyd (1888-1959) and decorated by his wife Doris Boyd (c1885-1960). It is a round, reasonably deep container, measuring 15.0 cm (height) x 32.0 (diameter) cm x 30.0 cm (depth), that is quite uneven in shape. The bowl swells at the base and then pinches in below the lip, or upper ...


Submariners, 2005: Acoustic warfare

This clip shows the Australian submarine HMAS 'Rankin' as it takes part in a naval exercise with the US Navy off the coast of Hawaii. The captain, Steve Hussey, plans and executes a strategy to elude detection by the US fleet. This involves initially encouraging his crew to 'make a bit of noise' so that the US ships will ...


Angst, 1993: Recollection of childhood

This clip shows three Jewish comedians, Sandy Gutman, Deb Filler and Moshe Waldoks, talking about their lives and work via on-camera interviews and through examples of their comedy. They refer to their childhood experiences, and elements of their Jewish heritage and recent history, particularly the Holocaust, are described. ...

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iPads in my Japanese classroom: Oakleigh Primary School

This National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) resource is a short online video focusing on the use of iPads in enhancing learning motivation amongst language students. Pitched at language teachers in general, it offers support in coping with disengaged learners, promoting ICT as the means to do this. ...


What grade are you in?

This collection of digital and printable resources introduces students to asking about and saying where they go to school and what grade they are in. It provides pronunciation drills followed by matching and write-in exercises that focus on using the vocabulary in basic sentences. It also includes a game to discover a secret ...


Revision: school

This collection of digital and printable resources revises the vocabulary and language functions used in salutations and personal introductions, inclusive of name, age, place of residence and school grade. It provides exercises that require students to apply knowledge in both set conversations and their own, as well as ...

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Make their heads spin!

This is a text resource for teachers and school leaders that highlights key issues related to the specific needs of adolescent learners, and focuses on improving learning in the middle years of schooling, broadly defined here as the first years of secondary school. In its 87 pages, 'Make their heads spin!' discusses: the ...