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Past Present Future

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Pioneer tentThis program provides opportunities for students to investigate the lifestyle of the local Indigenous people pre-contact, and the environmental impacts of logging and grazing around Barambah post- contact. A discussion about the local area from the vantage point of One Tree Hill and an examination of Indigenous and European artefacts assist students to understand how the land was used and the human impacts on the environment.

Students begin with an exploration of how the land was utilized by local indigenous people, incorporating use of traditional tools and weapons and sampling available bush tucker. The students also investigate how gold mining, logging, hardwood forest plantations and cattle grazing have impacted upon the local ecosystems. Activities include a visit to our pioneer tent and damper making.  A group debriefing session then allows the students to analyse the evidence they have collected about each user group, and reflect upon the environmental impacts.

Australian Curriculum links

History

Year 4

The diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the ways Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives. (ACHASSK083)

Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASS1052) and (ACHASS1073)

Year 5

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 Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) and how the environment changed (ACHASSK107).

Year 6

The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation (ACHASSK137)

Year 5 and 6

Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094) and (ACHASSI122)

Geography

Year 4

The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)

Year 5

The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHASSK112)

Year 6

Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places (ACHASSK141)

Sustainability

OI.8 Designing action for sustainability requires an evaluation of past practices, the assessment of scientific and technological developments, and balanced judgements based on projected future economic, social and environmental impacts.

Critical and creative thinking

Level 3

Explain and justify ideas and outcomes

Level 4

Apply knowledge gained from one context to another unrelated context and identify new meaning.

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Last reviewed 28 March 2019
Last updated 28 March 2019