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Living in the Putrid Past

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Chamber Pot

Years 5 - 6

Session Description

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

Classroom Resources

Student Reading: Doug Bradby, (2007) The Seriously Weird History of the Goldfields, Seaview Press, South Australia
Audio: Alcohol on the Goldfields, The Ballarat Goldfields Diary, Video: Woman of The Hill
Useful internet sites: Horrible Histories UK, BBC Horrible Histories


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, … 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 …
Students learn about the way of life of people…
Relevant key question:
What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?

In exploring the interconnections between people and environments, students examine how environmental characteristics such as climate and landforms influence the human characteristics of places, and how human actions influence the environmental characteristics of places.

Science as a human endeavour
Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives.