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Links with the National History Curriculum

The Centre promotes its exhibitions and artefacts to primary school teachers as a ‘hands on’ learning option linked to the National History Curriculum.

YearKey Inquiry QuestionsHistorical knowledge & understanding
2

  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?

  • The impact of changing technology on people’s lives (at home & in ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past)

3

  • Who lived here first and how do we know?
  • How has our community changed?

  • The importance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to a local area (focus on one language group)
  • One important example of change and one of continuity over time in the local community (eg: transport, work, education, natural & built environments, entertainment, daily life)

4

  • What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

  • The diversity of Australia’s first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country/Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives
  • The nature of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and others and the effects of these interactions on for example families and the environment

5

  • What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
  • How did colonial settlement change the environment?

  • The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants (including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and how the environment changed
  • The impact of a significant development or event on a colony (eg: frontier conflict, the gold rushes, the Eureka Stockade, internal exploration, advent of rail, expansion of farming, drought)

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