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Humanities and social sciences / Year 1 / Inquiry and skills / Questioning

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Curriculum content descriptions

Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events (ACHASSI018)

Elaborations
  • posing questions with the stems ‘where’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ about families, celebrations, places and the weather
  • asking questions before, during and after listening to stories about people and places and about their past and present
  • preparing questions for parents and members of older generations about how they lived in the past, where they lived and the places they value
  • collecting and displaying everyday objects (for example, toys, telephone, radio, cooking utensils, clothes) and other sources (for example, photos, found objects, maps, observation sketches) to stimulate ‘Where’, ‘What’, ‘When’, ‘How’ and ‘Why?’ questions
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Historical inquiry,  Artefacts

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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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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 ...

Online

Personal timelines

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Interactive

Meeting at Kamay

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Holidays, past and present

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Assessment

Year 1 history assessment - Exploring my family life: My past, present and future

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Celebrating a baby's baptism

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First day jitters

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Virtual reality and the stereoscope

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Forehead ornament, c1916

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Studio portrait of an unknown Māori woman

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