Humanities and social sciences / Year 2 / Knowledge and Understanding / History

Curriculum content descriptions

How changing technology affected people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past) (ACHASSK046)

Elaborations
  • examining changes in technology over several generations by comparing past and present objects and photographs, and discussing how these changes have shaped people’s lives (for example, changes to land, air and sea transport; the move from wood-fired stoves to gas/electrical appliances; the introduction of transistors, television, FM radio and digital technologies; how people shopped and what they liked to buy, changes in the nature of waste and how waste is managed)
  • identifying technologies used in the childhoods of their grandparents or familiar elders and in their own childhood, and finding out where each was produced
  • examining the traditional toys used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to play and learn (for example, Arrernte children learn to play string games so they can remember stories they have been told)
  • creating models of toys used by children who lived when electricity was not available
  • identifying some rules for children of past generations that do not apply in the present, and some rules of the present that did not exist in the past due to technological changes
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Innovation,  Technology,  Social history,  Lifestyles,  Living standards,  Working conditions,  Recreation

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