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These kits are free to download

 


Early Years

Teddys VisitTeddy’s visit to Sovereign Hill suitable for Early Years

Students make a picture story book of a class teddy’s trip to Sovereign Hill.

 

 

 


Primary Students

Blood on the Southern CrossBlood on the Southern Cross Teaching Kit for Level  5

This kit helps teachers prepare students for a visit to Sovereign Hill’s night-time sound and light show telling the story of the Eureka Uprising. It contains pre- and post- visit activities and suggests other Eureka sites in Ballarat worth visiting.

 

The Settlement of Victoria: An AusVELS Teaching Kit for Level 5

This kit is in draft form and is offered for teachers to trial. It provides links to online resources and practical ideas to teach the content and skills of the national curriculum and culminates in a student project on a famous Victorian. Download a Teachers Guide and AusVELS grid here. A diigo website of bookmarks relating to the research options in this kit is also available and teachers and students are encouraged to add their own good websites. We hope you will help us improve the kit by completing the evaluation form.

 

New Gold MountainNew Gold Mountain suitable for Upper Primary students

This fantastic kit was originally published in 2002 and provides information and primary sources for the study of the Chinese on the Goldfields. It is an excellent resource for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and for the Australian Curriculum cross curriculum priority of Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia. The kit should be used in conjunction with these two documents.

 

TrappedCreswick Mining Disaster Teaching Kit suitable for Upper Primary students

This online resource kit for teachers, students and interested public has links to primary and secondary sources of information about the Creswick Mining disaster of 1882. It contains movies, podcasts, pictures and newspaper articles and classroom teaching ideas.

 

Put Yourself in the Picture: Nineteenth Century Immigration for Upper Primary students

 A resource kit for Upper Primary school students about Nineteenth Century Migration to the Goldfields

 

 

Constructing the PastConstructing the Past for Upper Primary Students

Students undertake the research at Sovereign Hill to build models of houses or machinery or to make costumes, etc possibly contributing to a class diorama of the diggings or the township.

 

 

 

Choose your own Adventure: Authentic Learning at Sovereign Hill for Upper Primary Students

Students choose a project from Multiple Intelligences / Blooms grid to research while at Sovereign Hill. A variety of presentation styles are suggested and a simple planning tool makes life easy for teachers

 

 

 


Secondary Students

New Gold Mountain suitable for Secondary Students

This fantastic kit was originally published in 2002 and provides information and primary sources for the study of the Chinese on the Goldfields. It is an excellent resource for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and for the Australian Curriculum cross curriculum priority of Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia. The kit should be used in conjunction with these two documents.

 

Creswick Mining Disaster Teaching Kit suitable for Secondary students

This online resource kit for teachers, students and interested public has links to primary and secondary sources of information about the Creswick Mining disaster of 1882. It contains movies, podcasts, pictures and newspaper articles and classroom teaching ideas.

 

Interpreting History at Sovereign Hill for Year 9

Students develop a movie, Powerpoint, model, soundscape or other presentation in response to a theme of their choice. (Some suggested themes prompt higher level thinking). Sovereign Hill is used as both a research and a presentation tool

 

 

 

 


Recommended Books

Gold Fever
- Susan Coleridge

Robert’s class is going on excursion to the ‘fake gold mining town’, Sovereign Hill. It’s nearly a year since Dad died and Robert and his family are having trouble coping. It’s an effort to be enthusiastic about anything. Then, once he gets to Sovereign Hill, strange things begin to happen. A wax statue moves, a dog follows him and then disappears. Robert falls into an impossible hole dug by the dog and the mystery begins. He doesn’t understand how he got there or why and wonders what he must do to return home again. There is plenty of adventure to keep the pages turning. The reader is given an opportunity to see the difference between the fun of visiting Sovereign Hill as a modern day visitor and of living in a time where people die of minor ailments and thirteen-year-olds work in dank, dark, dusty mines.
Recommended for mid- to upper-primary readers.

 

The Seriously Weird History of the Goldfields
- Doug Bradby

This online resource kit for teachers, students and interested public has links to primary and secondary sources of information about the Creswick Mining disaster of 1882. It contains movies, podcasts, pictures and newspaper articles and classroom teaching ideas.

 

Bridies Fire
- Kirsty Murray

This sweeping historical novel for young adults documents the adventures of Bridie, an orphaned Irish teenager who escapes the potato famine that claimed the lives of her parents and baby brother. Independent and stubborn, Bridie makes a new life for herself in the rough-and-tumble world of Australia during the nineteenth-century gold rush. Her adventures with miners, other migrants, and even a traveling theater troupe paint a vivid picture of early life in Melbourne. Bridie’s resilience and courage make her a compelling heroine for teenage readers and her heartwarming story will engage them in the vivid historical setting.

 

The Night We Made the Flag: A Eureka Story
- Carole Wilkinson

Mary! Wake up.’
Mama is shaking me awake. It’s the middle of the night but I must go to Mrs Diamond’s to fetch more thread. If I am caught we will be in trouble.

The Night We Made the Flag is a night I will never forget.

 

Bound for the Colonies
- Colleen Fawkes Ryan

Bound for the Colonies” tells the story of life on board a ship as experienced by the migrants travelling to Australia in the 1850’s. Share the excitement of the journey from a child’s prospective - contemplate the lack of privacy, suffer the pain of sickness and mourning. Experience the terror of storms and admire the courage of Bridget and Elizabeth.

Encounter the differences between First Class and Steerage accommodation as you join the young girls and the ship’s cat, sailing to new beginnings aboard the remarkable Marco Polo.

Large Picture story book

 

Fly a Rebel Flag: The Battle At Eureka
- Robyn Annear

The diggers were fed up. Ever since the gold rushes began, the police had hounded them, forcing them to show their licences like common criminals. At last the diggers of Ballarat made a stand. They would pay no more licence fees. They took up arms built a stockade, and swore to defend themselves against the authorities.

When government troops stormed the Eureka stockade the battle lasted just twenty minutes, but it changed Australia forever.

Was this a blow for democracy? Was it a glorious rebellion?
Or just a bloody massacre? You decide.

 

A Banner Bold: the story of Rose Aarons
- Nadia Wheatley

Rosa Aarons and her family flee the turmoil of Europe in the year of revolution in 1848. Like so many other refugees, such as Karl Marx they fled to England where they made friends who were Chartists. Seeking a new life free from political and religious persecution the Aaron’s family immigrate to the Victorian goldfields. The Californian gold rush has finished and a rich array of gold seekers from all over the world head for Australia to make their fortune. Rosa keeps a journal of her observations and feelings and adventures, which she shares with her good friend back in England. This is the story of her experiences on the Ballarat goldfields in the climactic year of 1854.

 

Queen Victori’a Underpants
- Jackie French& Bruce Whatley

Meet Lizzy, whose family are in the clothing industry. Very few people probably know that Queen Victoria made the wearing of underpants popular. At the beginning of her reign very few women wore them. But Queen Victoria made tartans, perambulators and chloroform fashionable. This book features a story about the most famous underwear in the British Empire.

 

Eureka Stockade
- Marion Littlejohn

The beginnings of democracy in Australia.

In 3 December 1854, well-armed British soldiers and police stormed a crude wooden stockade that had been built by defiant miners fighting for their rights. The battle lasted just twenty minutes but it changed Australia forever. Some say the Eureka Stockade marks the birth of democracy in Australia.
• Perfect fit for upper primary curriculum.

 

Life in Colonial Australia
- Marion Littlejohn & Doug Bradby

Life in Colonial Australia describes the day to day lives of ordinary people in Colonial Australia.

What was life like for ordinary people in Colonial Australia? Can it really be called The Good Old Days when the work was backbreaking and the days were long, even for children? Life in Colonial Australia shows us exactly how it was.

• Perfect for upper primary curriculum right through to mid-secondary.

 

 

 


Recommended Websites

Sovereign Hill and Costumed School Information

http://education.sovereignhill.com.au/teachers/teaching-kits/ - Sovereign Hill Education teaching kits and resources.

General Gold Rush Information

http://sovereignhilledblog.com/ - a blog from Sovereign Hill Education covering a range of topics about Victorian History, particularly life on the goldfields.

http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/ergo/golden_victoria_NEW - State Library of Victoria’s student website Ergo, covering history of gold in Victoria with primary sources.

http://www.sbs.com.au/gold/ - covering a broad range of topics about the discovery of gold a life on the goldfields, including interactive activities

http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/history_nation/gold/victoria/index.html - State Library of NSW Rush to Victoria, background information and primary sources.

History of Schooling

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/victorian_britain/victorian_schools/ - a collection of resources about schooling in the Victorian era.

http://www.victorianschool.co.uk/ - a collection of resources about schooling in the Victorian era.