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Levels 3-6  |  Living In The Old Days

Session outline

Students are immersed in aspects of daily life in the 19th century.

Classroom resources

Student reading: Ciddor, Anna (1995), The Goldfields Through Children’s Eyes, MacMillan, Melbourne;
Life in the Good Old Days
Research notes from Sovereign Hill’s website:
1850s School Life, Women on the Goldfields.
Sovereign Hill Education blog posts:
Life Before Plastic, Childhood in the 1850s, The 1850s Then and Now, In Praise of Washing Machines
Woman of the Hill, Sovereign Hill Favourites: Part 1 & Part 2

Victorian curriculum connections

Community and First Contacts
Levels 3-4:
Students explore the history and diversity of their community and the celebrations and commemorations, symbols and emblems important to Australians and others. They are introduced to world history and movement of peoples.

Relevant key questions:

  • Who lived here first and how do we know?
  • How has our community changed?
  • What features have been lost and what features have been retained?


Levels 3-4 key questions:

  • How and why are places similar and different?
  • How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
  • How can people use places and environments more sustainably?

Levels 5-6 key questions:

  • How do places, people and cultures differ across the world?
  • How do people’s connections to places affect their perception of them?
  • How do people and environments influence one another?

Levels 3-4: Students experience learning in familiar contexts and a range of contexts that relate to study in other areas of the curriculum. They interact with peers and teachers from other classes and schools in a range of face-to-face and online/virtual environments. Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read, view and interpret spoken, written and multimodal texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade …

Critical and Creative Thinking
Levels 3-4:
The curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding to improve and monitor thinking. Students learn and consider the advantages of different thinking techniques. Students learn there are different ways to respond to problems, visualise thinking and think more effectively.

Personal and Social Capabilities
Levels 3-4:
They learn about the importance of valuing difference in individuals and groups and how appreciating diversity contributes to positive relationships. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to learn to work both independently and in teams.

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