Our Inquiry based unit this term, 'What's Our History?' is an inquiry into our heritage and the cultural groups that make up our community.
An important aspect of this unit is a Family Wheel, which is completed by every student. The 'Family Wheel' is similar to a family tree. Students, with the assistance of parents, grandparents or other family members, fill in the names of past and present family members and their country of origin. They all have the opportunity to share their information with the class, and we always hear very interesting stories about the history of the families in Grade 4.
Some of the key questions we will address in this inquiry unit are:
- Who lived in Australia first and how do we know?
- Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
- What was life like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of Europeans?
- Why did Europeans settle in Australia?
- What was the nature and consequences of contact between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?
To assist in developing an understanding of Aboriginal culture, we have a guest facilitator who conducts sessions designed to touch on a number of areas of Indigenous culture as set out in curriculum guidelines. The key areas in Aboriginal culture, the history and beliefs, traditional geography, song and dance, language, hunting and traditional food, will be discussed. The aim of the session is to encourage questions, share knowledge and to leave students feeling inspired to discover more about Australian Aboriginal culture.
As a part of this unit, students will also have the opportunity to make a research information about a world explorer who may have had an impact on the development of Australia, or who had an influence on the European settlement of Australia.
To view three of many special things that have happened this year in Grade 4, click on the images below.