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Gold Fever

 Years 5 - 6

Session description

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.

Why not take your students to Blood on The Southern Cross, Sovereign Hill’s evening, sound and light show telling the Eureka story?

Classroom resources

Student Reading: Bradby, D. The Seriously Weird History of the Goldfields, Seaview Press, South Australia 2007
Bradby, D. Life on the Goldfields, Blackdog Books, Newtown, 2012
Worksheets for this program:
Currency Conversion Sheet
Teaching Kit: The Colony of Victoria
Research notes from Sovereign Hill’s website:
  Golden Literature Quotes from the Goldfields; Life on the Goldfields; Law and Order on the Goldfields.
Audio: Gold in The Grass Roots, The Ballarat Goldfields Diary, , Songs of the Goldfields
Video: How to Pan for Gold
Useful internet sites: egold;   SBS Gold; 


Victorian Curriculum

From Colony to Nation
In Levels 5 and 6, students study colonial Australia in the 1800s and the development of Australia as a nation, … Students 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. Students explore the … experiences of democracy and citizenship over time. Students understand the significance of Australia’s British heritage, the Westminster system, and other models that influenced the development of Australia’s system of government. Students learn about the way of life of people who migrated to Australia and their contributions to Australia’s economic and social development.
Relevant key questions:
What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
How did colonial settlement change the environment?
What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?
Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come?
What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?
Historical Knowledge:

  • The nature of … colonial presence, including the factors that influenced changing patterns of development, how the environment changed, and aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants,

In Levels 5 and 6, the curriculum focuses on the concepts of place and interconnection. Students’ mental maps of the world are further developed through learning the locations of the major countries in the Asia region, Europe and North America. The scale of study goes global as students investigate the geographical diversity and variety of connections between people and places

Economics and Business
In Levels 5 and 6, students explore the importance of economic and financial decision-making in everyday life. They consider the concept of opportunity cost and examine why decisions about the ways resources are allocated to meet needs and wants in their community involve trade-offs.

Civics and Citizenship
The Level 5 and 6 curriculum introduces students to the key values of Australia’s liberal democratic system of government …Students expand on their knowledge of the law by studying how laws affect the lives of citizens … Students investigate the role of groups in our community and examine the rights and responsibilities of Australian citizens.

In Level 5 … They solve multiple digit problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by single digit divisors with remainders. Students represent, compare and order unit fractions, … Students choose and use suitable metric and other units for measurement of length, angle, area, volume, capacity and mass.

In Level 6 … stuents … carry out mental, written and technology based computation to solve whole number problems involving all four operations.

Ethical Capabilities
In Levels 5 and 6, the curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understandings to evaluate the significance of ethical matters. Students explore the basis of a range of ethical principles and reflect on means and ends. Students consider decision-making approaches based on thinking about the consequences and duties. Students develop an understanding that a range of factors play a role in ethical decision-making.

Personal and Social Capability
At Levels 5 and 6 … The curriculum provides opportunities for students to experience various team roles including leadership, and to reflect on their performance in group tasks. They identify the reasons for and the impact of conflict and suggest strategies to reduce or resolve conflict.


How Gold Fever fits Catholic Education Melbourne’s Learning and Teaching in a Catholic School framework.