Valuing Heritage

 OLD FARM STRAWBERRY HILL - YEAR 5: The Australian Colonies

 Overview of Program

(source ACARA Australian Curriculum: History v.4)


OFSH 1858 

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Using Old Farm Strawberry Hill (OFSH), Albany as an example, students will study colonial Australia in the 1800s.

They look at the founding of British colonies and the development of a colony.

They learn about what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period.

They examine significant events and people, political and economic developments, social structures, and settlement patterns.


The content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts including sources, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy and significance. These concepts will be investigated within the historical context of Old Farm Strawberry Hill (OFSH) to provide a focus for historical inquiries.


The two strands of Historical Skills and Historical Knowledge and Understanding are interrelated and should be taught in an integrated way; they may be integrated across learning areas and in ways that are appropriate to the place. The order and detail in which they are taught are programming decisions.


Students will use the following KEY INQUIRY QUESTIONS to discover:

·         What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?

·         How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?

·         How did colonial settlement change the environment?

·         What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?

 This program allows students to develop historical skills through key concepts appropriate to their age and ability. 

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Historical Skills:


Sequence historical people and events using timelines

Use historical terms and concepts of the period

Identify questions to inform an historical Inquiry and develop key questions about their local region

Identify and locate a range of relevant sources from the world wide web and local sources

Locate information related to inquiry questions in a range of primary and secondary sources

Compare information from a range of sources

Identify points of view in the past and present

Develop historical texts, particularly narratives and descriptions, which incorporate source material

Use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written) and digital technologies to present to audiences


Each section of this program notes the relevant general capabilities (GC), cross-curriculum priorities (CCP) and links to other learning areas (OLA)