TEACHER RESOURCE 5: HISTORICAL INQUIRY
INTO SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE
This resource includes:
1. Links to year 5 Achievement
2. Summary of student
4. Notes on conducting an
1. Links to Achievement Standards
Develop questions to form an historical inquiry.
Locate and identify relevant evidence.
Record information from a range of sources.
Identify the motivations of people from the time.
Use appropriate terms and concepts (such as significance) in
· Use a range of formats
to present historical findings such as written and spoken formats.
2. Summary of Student Activity
The concept of historical significance refers to people or events having
long-term importance in the shaping or development of a country. People from many backgrounds changed the Swan
River Colony during the 1800s. Many of these people were buried in the East Perth Cemeteries – administrators,
entrepreneurs, political and religious leaders. A list has been included, but it is not comprehensive and students
can be encouraged to research someone else of interest such as a family member who may have been important in the
Colonial period. Students research an important individual from the Swan River Colony from the period
1829 to the 1890s. They present this information to the class, a school assembly or parents. Teachers may wish to
link with ICT for this activity, asking students to present their performance using a digital storytelling format
with voice over or similar.
See STUDENT ACTIVITY 5: Introducing the Ghost of ...
The student’s task is to become the ghost of an important person from the Swan River Colony who
lived during the 1800s. Students research, write a script and make a presentation about their life and why they
were important to our history.
3. Reference Material
You may direct your students to the list of significant
West Australians buried at East Perth Cemeteries
or students may choose to research another person.
TEACHER RESOURCE 5: Some Significant WA Colonists
TEACHER RESOURCE 4: Notes for Student Discovery Trail and
TEACHER RESOURCE 5: Sources for on
line reference links.
4. Notes on Conducting an Inquiry
An Inquiry is an important skill in History which is reinforced throughout
the Australian Curriculum: History. Go to TEACHER RESOURCE 5:
Notes on Conducting an Inquiry for further information.