New Inquiry Topic: First Contacts

Our inquiry topic for this term is called First Contacts.

In this history based unit, students will explore:

  • Indigenous history of the eighteenth century
  • The lives of the Aborginal people at this time
  • Those who travelled to Australia on the First Fleet.

First Contacts Australian History Series Book

Some of our focus questions this term will be:

  • What was life like for Aboriginal people before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • What was life like in Britain in the eighteenth century?
  • Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What were the early interactions like between the Aboriginal people and the European settlers?

Today we focussed on how the indigenous Australians lived. We learnt about how they used the environment to survive, the resources they made, family life, and the roles of men and women.

To demonstrate their learning, students created a story board to show a typical day for the first Australians. Here are some examples:

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The students have enjoyed the introductory lessons in this unit of work. We are all looking forward to learning more about Australia’s history.

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What have you learnt so far in our First Contacts unit of work?

What do you hope to learn this term?

Can you describe what life was like for the first Australians?

8 thoughts on “New Inquiry Topic: First Contacts

  1. Dear 4A and 4B,

    What a great post! I love the topic we are doing! I think it is a great topic to learning about and it is very exciting!

    I think the first contacts were really smart and really resourceful! I thi it is smart that they all had jobs to do like hunting, making damper and making baskits and mats.

    I can not wait to learn more about the first fleet ! I think the history of Australia is really interesting!

    From,
    Eevie 😉

  2. Hi 4A and 4B,

    What a great post!!!!
    I love learning about our history!!!

    This term I hope to learn about some names of the cultures and tribes/clans. I would also like to learn about what berrys they ate and what meat they cooked.

    I have already learnt that both male and female aboriginals treated wounds.

    I can not imagine life for the aboriginals. I would like to go back in time to see what they did.

    Kind Regards,
    Ella

  3. Dear 4B,

    I really like this post! I would really want to learn about the aboriginals and the history of are country! It’s sounds really cool!

    From,
    Tess 🙂

    • Dear Tess,
      I enjoyed learning about the First Contacts. I can’t wait to learn more.

      A facts that I learnt was that Tasmania, a country called Papa New Guinea was connected to Australia .

      I hope you enjoyed the fact!
      Emma.

  4. Hi 4A and 4B.

    What a great blog post! I really like all of the work on the blog. It looks really neat and good.

    I really hope to learn what some of the languges they speak. I don’t know why but it seems interesting to know what languges they spoke.

    Chat soon,
    Kennedy

  5. Dear 4B,
    My name is Olivia. I am in 1B. WOW! Your story board looks grate!
    I loved learning about your new inquiry topic.

    I hope you have fun learning about the first contacts.
    Can’t wait to learn more!
    Olivia.

  6. Dear Tess
    I enjoyed learning about the First Contacts. I can’t wait to learn more.
    A facts that I learnt was that Tasmania, a country called Papa New Guinea was connected to Australia .

    I hope you enjoyed the fact!
    Emma.

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