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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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What is a meat safe?

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Interactive

Meeting at Kamay

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Online

Personal timelines

This unit explores the concept and language of time and then moves to using sources to create a personal representation of the passing of time by exploring memory and creating a personal timeline.

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Holidays, past and present

This three- part activity compares similarities and differences between family holidays of the past with the present. Students view the Allen family's photo album (1899 - 1900) and compare them with holidays they have experienced.

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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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Chequerboard: First day jitters

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Assessment

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

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Online

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Virtual reality and the stereoscope

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Indigenous Science: shell middens and fish traps

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Yulunga: kandomarngutta

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This Day Tonight: Playgrounds, billycarts and hot rods

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For the Juniors: Candles, cards and carols: Christmas in 1983

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Chequerboard: Bell's gone!

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Online

How times change

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