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Australian Curriculum History – Respecting the past – Year 2 ebook

This is a 28-page ebook from the Australian Curriculum History series that covers:

  • The importance of an historical site of cultural importance or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial (ACHHK045)


  • Investigating the history and significance to a community of an historical site
  • Understanding the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dreaming stories and the connection to significant sacred sites
  • Finding out some significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sites that may be in the students’ community
  • Investigating the history and significance to a community of an historical site

Key inquiry questions

  • What aspects of the past can you see today? What do they tell us?
  • What remains of the past are important to the local community? Why?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?

Historical skills

  • Sequence familiar objects and events (ACHHS047)
  • Distinguish between past, present and future (ACHHS048)
  • Pose questions about the past using sources provided (ACHHS049)
  • Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present (ACHHS049)
  • Explore a range of sources about the past (ACHHS050)
  • Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present (ACHHS051)
  • Explore a point of view (ACHHS052)
  • Develop a narrative about the past (ACHHS053)
  • Use a range of communication forms (Oral, graphic, written, role play) and digital technologies (ACHHS054)

Historical concepts

  • Continuity and change
  • Cause and effect
  • Significance
  • Perspectives
  • Empathy

Take a trip through history and learn how the past has helped shape today, with this engaging, content-packed seven-book series covering the Historical knowledge and understanding strand for each year level. Students will be enthralled learning about the first circumnavigation of the globe, Australia’s first people, migrants who have crossed the sea for a new life, and much more.


A supporting teachers page which provides:

  • the content description being addressed
  • an elaboration relating to the specific aspect of the content description being developed
  • the key inquiry questions being addressed
  • the historical skills practised by completing the activities
  • the historical concepts addressed by the activities
  • background information to support that given in the student pages
  • teaching notes to assist in classroom organisation or to highlight specific activities
  • additional activities to extend the topic and develop historical skills
  • resources to supplement information/activities for teachers/students
  • a time line related to specific people and events

Three student activity pages which consist of:

  • a stimulus text to inform students about the theme and to promote discussion
  • an activity page related directly to the text but requiring research, evaluative comprehension and application of historical skills
  • an additional activity page which may be either a continuation of the previous page or an extension activity related to the topic but not directly related to the text
  • a fact file on each of the two activity pages that provides an interesting or unusual fact related to the topic

**This ebook is not transferable, nor can it be on-sold or uploaded to an intranet site. For full copyright details, please see the Copyright Notice outlined in the ebook or refer to the Copyright Agency Limited

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