Students will explore the ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples interacted with one of their environment’s key natural energy resources – fire. They will also investigate the ways in which electrical energy does some of the jobs previously achieved by fire, and will explore fire safety.
- understand that fire is an energy source that shaped the histories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples prior to colonisation.
- recognise fire and electricity as two sources of energy that involve certain hazards that must be approached responsibly.
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Australian curriculum content descriptions:
Year 3 History:
ONE important example of change and ONE important example of continuity over time in the local community, region or state/territory; for example, in relation to the areas of transport, work, education, natural and built environments, entertainment, daily life (ACHHK061).
Year 4 History:
- The diversity of Australia’s first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) (ACHASSK083)
Year 3 & 4 HPE:
- Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036).
- Describe strategies to make the classroom and playground healthy, safe and active spaces (ACPPS040).
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.
- Internet access
- Double-sided copies of the Ancient and modern energy sources – student worksheet (one copy per group).
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