HistoryYears 5 - 6The Australian ColoniesLife and LandLife and Land

Reuben Rose: A Colonial Child

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Students will research, plan and present a historical narrative from the point of view of a child in the Australian Colonies. A video introduction presents the students with some historical cues and clues about Reuben Rose, a real child living on a Snowy Mountains farm in the 1840s (clues include: Rose Cottage, built in 1840; The Church, built in the 1800’s with stone from England; the cemetery, including Reuben Rose’s grave stone). The Roses’ were the first family to settle the farm and their descendants farmed there until 2010. The students are challenged to find out what daily life would have been like for Reuben in the 1840s/50s. Students will develop inquiry questions, research and analyse daily life on a farm for a child in colonial times. Viewing guided inquiry resources, which includes an interactive video of station life, students will then develop a historical narrative and present their information in an engaging and creative manner eg through a video, song or cartoon. They will also reflect and evaluate on their presentation with an activity tweet.
Historical concepts addressed in this lesson are sources, continuity and change, perspective and empathy.

Focus Question

What was life like in the Australian Colonies?

Australian National Curriculum

ACHASSI105, ACHASSI095, ACHASSI094, ACHASSK107

NSW Syllabus

HT3-5, HT3-2

Victorian Curriculum

VCHHC084, VCHHC083, VCHHC089, VCHHC085

Subject

History

Years

5 - 6

Topic

The Australian Colonies

Unit

Life and Land

Lesson Name

Reuben Rose: A Colonial Child

Lesson Time

90 mins

Author

Inquisitive Team

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