Class Presentations

Last week, the students in 4B presented class talks based on our inquiry topic.

This term, our inquiry topic is First Contacts. Our focus questions during this unit of work are:

  • 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?


The majority of the presentation was prepared at home as a homework task. Students chose a specific topic related to the unit of work to study. They completed research at home and were free to create a visual display to complement their presentation. A variety of topics were chosen, including:

  • Family life for the first Australians
  • Indigenous food
  • Indigenous art
  • Dreamtime stories
  • Life in 18th Century Britain
  • Convicts
  • The First Fleet
  • European settlement in Australia.


Prior to today, we discussed the important elements of a quality presentation.

All students worked hard at:

  • Speaking clearly and loudly
  • Making eye contact with the audience
  • Elaborating on information when necessary
  • Engaging the audience with a smile!

Here are some photos from our presentations.



Everyone did a fabulous job presenting their projects to their classmates. The quality of the visual presentations (created in Keynote, Pages, PowerPoint or as a poster) was excellent and all students spoke clearly and confidently.

After each presentation, students were provided with quality feedback from the class. Presenting in front of an audience, which is called public speaking, is not an easy task, but it can be very rewarding. Miss Jordan is so proud of all of the students in 4B for doing such a wonderful job with their presentations!


What did you think about the homework task?

What did you learn about First Contacts from watching the presentations?

How do you feel about public speaking?