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Sovereign Hill Education Programs

Download a pdf of the Sovereign Hill Education Programs 2017 brochure.

 

 

These are our most popular programs! Can’t find what you want? We have a number of specialised programs including Women’s Work and Eureka and Australian Democracy. Speak to us about developing programs to suit your needs.

Click on the live titles below for more links to classroom resources, Victorian Curriculum

Kinder

Grandma Gerty and Grandpa George

45 -60 mins

Grandma Gerty is feeling poorly and needs your help to run errands and do her shopping. Or, students can help Grandpa George find his tools on the diggings.

F-2

Then and Now

50 mins

Students compare life in the olden days to their own experiences.  Choose a focus: toys and games, home or transport.

3-6

Living in The old Days

50 mins

Students experience aspects of daily life in the nineteenth century.

3-6

Gold Rush Immigration

50 mins

Students explore the stories of gold rush immigrants and discover their reasons for coming and the legacies they left behind.

3-6

Chinese on the Goldfields

50 mins

Students experience aspects of 19th century Chinese culture and discuss the discrimination faced by the Chinese Diggers who came to Victoria.

3-6

Put Yourself in the Eureka Story

50 mins

By dressing up as characters in the Eureka story and using Museum exhibits to create pictures of the key events of Eureka, students can make a book or slideshow at school. *Digital Camera required.

5-6

Gold Fever

50 mins

Students join the ‘rush’ to One Eye Gully, re-living the highs and lows of gold fever. They role-play the varied experiences of the diggers, gold buyers and troopers and understand the frustrations that led to Eureka.

5-6

Goldfields Technology

 90 mins

Students design and build a model to solve a real goldfields problem and explore simple machines. (90 minute session. $5 per student)

5-6

Living in the Putrid Past

 50 mins

History might be a great place to visit but you wouldn’t want to live there!

    

9

The Industrial Revolution in Australia

45 mins

Students experience Sovereign Hill’s collection of working steam engines to explore how the Industrial Revolution affected living and working conditions in Australia. They compare the strength of horse and muscle to the mighty steam engine.

9

Australia and Asia

45 mins

How were the Chinese treated on the goldfields and what implications did this have for Federation? We suggest you book our Anti Chinese League activation as well!

 

 
 

 VCE

History

 

By analising images, students will consider the dramatic changes introduced as the British colonisers swiftly established themselves, taking possession of the land and then its newly discovered mineral riches. Students examine transformations in the way of life of the Aboriginal peoples and to the environment as the European society consolidated itself. They also consider how new visions for the future created by the gold rush and the Eureka rebellion further transformed the new colony.

 VCE

Outdoor and Environmentl Education

 

Students look at Indigenous land use and the early squatters in Victoria before taking a tour to learn about the impact of industrialisation. Finally they look at the selectors of the late nineteenth century as we headed towards nationhood.

 VCE

 Geography Tourism

 

Students undertake an exploration of Tourism at Sovereign Hill as a case study looking at the socio-cultural value of the outdoor museum and it’s economic and environmental sustainability. Weather permitting, the session will involve a tour to identify Sovereign Hill’s environmental management practices allowing students to collect information and photographic data to help complete the fieldwork component of the course

 

 

DIY Discover It Yourself Programs

These programs and resources provide a framework of activities for your visit. You can use them to create your own itinerary with your students. These programs are a great way of linking classroom preparation and learning outcomes from your visit. 

F-2

 

Early Years

 

Poems to read, activities, movies and vocab. lists for the early years can be found here.

 

F-2

Teddy’s Visit

Students bring their own or a class teddy and photograph Teddy’s adventure at Sovereign Hill.  Download the  Sample Unit for more ideas to use before, during and after your visit. Watch an example video at TeacherTube here.

3-6

Sovereign Hill Snapshots

Students use digital cameras to collect images on a topic of their choice exploring goldfields life. Before visiting they can use our interactive map to make decisions about where they might find some evidence about their theme. Back at school students develop an IT presentation.

3 -10

Hidden Histories: The Wadawurrung People

This digital tour brings to life the perspectives and participation of Aboriginal People on the Ballarat goldfields from 1851 to 1871.

9

Historical Investigations

Teachers may choose from a number of investigation topics designed to cover Level 9 AusVELS Depth Studies. Using digital cameras the Industrial Revolution, Movements of Peoples and Chinese can be explored in order to create digital essays or, for the more competative, in a Rush Around the Hill format.

9

Picture This!

Small groups of students are given a contentious topic to explore while at Sovereign Hill. Their task is to find as much evidence as they can around the Outdoor Museum  within one hour to support or refute that contention. Students use their own digital cameras to record their evidence. Before visiting they can use the interactive map to make decisions about where they might find evidence about their contention. Check out a video here. Download Teachers’ Notes

9

The Industrial Revolution Comes to Ballarat

After reading our Industrial Revolution blog page (make sure you watch the two videos at the bottom) and attending an education session, students are challenged to search Sovereign Hill to find and photograph evidence of the impact of the Industrial Revolution in Ballarat. Back at school, they annotate their photographs to analyse the impact and draw conclusions about whether the Industrial Revolution was a good or bad thing.