Term Two 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.
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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?

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Each student also identified a “wondering” they have about this topic. Throughout the term, as we build our knowledge, we will be able to answer our wonderings.

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.

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?

2 thoughts on “Term Two Inquiry Topic – First Contacts

  1. Hi 4B,

    I have learnt that when you’re six or higher you have to do a job. If you were a girl you would have to do the womens’ jobs and if you were a boy you would have to do the mens’ jobs.

    I hope that I would learn that how would climb trees and collect coconuts.

    They had no shelter, not like us. They had to catch some food the boys. If they went into another clan they had to have a stick.

    From your student,
    Ginger

  2. Hello Kody,

    Have you recently been having fun in the new inquiry topic, I think it is great that we get to learn about how the white settlers first landed on the shores of Australia.

    Your freind, Tom

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