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Humanities and social sciences / Foundation / Knowledge and Understanding / History

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Curriculum content descriptions

How the stories of families and the past can be communicated, for example, through photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media and museums (ACHASSK013)

Elaborations
  • engaging with the oral traditions, painting and music of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and recognising that the past is communicated through stories passed down from generation to generation
  • sharing the story of an object from their family’s past (for example, a photograph, old toy, statue, medal, artwork, jewellery, stories), describing its importance to the family and creating a class museum
  • recognising that stories of the past may differ depending on who is telling them (for example, listening to stories about the same event related by two different people such as a mother and a grandmother)
  • using images, students’ stories and stories from other places to explore what families have in common (for example, people who provide for their needs and wants, love, safety, rituals, celebrations, rules, change such as new babies and dying)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Artefacts,  Family histories

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Celebrating a new baby

Have you ever visited a new baby? Come along with Levi as he meets his baby sister for the first time. Find out why people get so excited when a new baby arrives. Find out how families let people know about a new baby.

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Celebrating achievements

Discover some different ways that people celebrate achievements. This clip takes you to two big celebrations: a street parade and a graduation. Find out what it takes to achieve things worth celebrating. Learn some ways that you can help others achieve.

Online

People live in places. Important places - Homes

This sequence of five activities focuses on places. Students investigate their own home as an introduction to the concept of place. The inquiry can be expanded to include other places students belong to, why they are important and how they care for them. These activities use photographic resources from The State Library ...

Online

Talking Time: an exploration of time - how we change over time

This integrated lesson sequence that explores the concept and language of time and then moves to using sources and artefacts to show their own personal history. Students will share personal artefacts and those shared from their families to explore concepts of time, history and change.

Assessment

Foundation/Prep history assessment - Exploring my family history

This is an assessment package that uses the Foundation Australian Curriculum history achievement standard to gather evidence about how well students have demonstrated what they know, what they understand and what they can do in relation to the topic 'Personal and Family Histories'. Children investigate their family history ...

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Celebrating a first birthday

Meet Samantha. It is Samantha's first birthday and her Vietnamese family is planning a very special celebration. Discover what happens at a Vietnamese first birthday celebration.

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Celebrating a baby's baptism

Meet Vincent and his family and friends as they celebrate his baptism. Find out what happens when a baby is baptised in the Catholic church. Come along to Vincent's party afterwards for some fun, good food and an amazing christening cake.

Online

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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Yulunga: kandomarngutta

In some parts of Australia children were allowed to use the bullroarer (whirlers), or small versions of it, as a source of amusement. In other areas the bullroarer had a special significance and was not used as a ‘toy’. In parts of Victoria a bullroarer called the kandomarngutta was used. This was a thin piece of wood, ...

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Candles, cards and carols: Christmas in 1983

How do people celebrate Christmas now? This clip shows some of the ways Christmas was celebrated in 1983. People sent cards, gave presents and sang carols. Have things changed?