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Australian Curriculum History – The past in the present – Year 2 ebook

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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.

  • The History of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past (ACHHK044) 
  • The importance of an historical site of culture importance or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial (ACHHK045) 
  • The impact of changing technology on people’s lives (at home and in the way they worked, travelled, communicated, and played in the past (ACHHK046) 


  • Using time lines to show a sequence of key events in history.
  • Using photographs and drawings to reveal the past.
  • Finding out some significant natural and build in places, sites and structures that reveal his or her community’s past.
  • Using oral histories to reveal the past.
  • Investigating the history of landmark.
  • Investigating the significance of a person from the local community.
  • Investigating the origin of place names in the community.
  • 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.
  • How technology has shaped the way children play.
  • Identifying how the same toy or game has changed over time.
  • Understanding how traditional toys and games of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children taught them about aspects of their culture.
  • Identifying how forms of transport have changed over time.
  • Identifying ways forms of communication have changed over time and shaped out lives.
  • Identifying ways radio and TV has changed over time and shaped our lives.
  • Identifying how technology has changed the way we complete household chores.


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
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


Related to each section is:
  • a series of quizzes
  • an answer page


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