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What is this?

A resource for building historical skills - Foundation Year

'What is this?' is designed to inspire young students to engage in historical inquiry, and to cultivate their historical literacy and skills.

It aligns with the Australian Curriculum: History for students in Foundation Year and includes a 15-minute video to introduce teachers to the inquiry-learning approach used in the resource.

  • Explore the different structures of families and family groups today, and what they have in common - Link opens in a new website.ACHHK002.
  • Explore how the stories of families and the past can be communicated, for example through photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media, and museums - Link opens in a new website.ACHHK004.
  • Distinguish between the past, present and future - Link opens in a new website.ACHH016.
  • Pose questions about the past using sources provided - Link opens in a new website.ACHHS017.
  • Explore a range of sources about the past - Link opens in a new website.ACHHS018.
  • Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present - Link opens in a new website.ACHHS019.
  • Explore a point of view - Link opens in a new website.ACHHS020.
  • Use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written, role play) and digital technologies - Link opens in a new website.ACHHS022.

What is this? Six historical objects

At the core of this resource is a set of six short videos to use in the classroom. Each one invites students to explore a different historical object. Having watched a video, students can undertake the suggested learning activities to help develop their skills of:

  • observation and sequencing
  • contextualisation and research
  • empathy and speculation

Feedback

We hope this resource makes teaching and learning history easy and fun. Let us know how it works for you and your students  we welcome your feedback.



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The curriculum links in this resource are drawn from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Australian Curriculum: History website.