Reflecting on our Inquiry Learning

Australia’s Story has grown and developed as there were the indigenous Australians who took care of the land and then white settlers came and changed the country. Many immigrants came and brought new cultures. Visiting the Immigration Museum helped me to learn more about Australia’s migrant history and the many ways they have contributed to our way of life today.

Australia’s story has grown and developed because so many significant people have followed their dreams and made a difference. What made an impact on my learning was interviewing my Grandma and learning more about my family history.

Jacob M
Australia wouldn’t be like it is today without so many Significant Australians. Learning about these people helped me to understand how Australia’s story has changed and developed throughout history.

Australia wouldn’t be what it is today without so many people who took on challenges and made a real difference to our way of life.

Jacob F
The Multicultural diversity of Australia has expanded our society and added to the way we live. Throughout history certain events have impacted our culture, like the Gold Rush, which gave workers new rights and developed our Government and Laws.

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From our early beginnings of building towns and cities the gold rush forged the way for developing Australia. We now have money for developing many things, like a great education system and all our towns and cities.

Significant Australians like John Curtin have helped to shape Australia’s story. He led us successfully through World War 2.

Many cultures have influenced the Australian way of life. The Chinese brought vegetable markets to Victoria. We are a healthy nation because of all the fresh food that we grow and the different cultural foods that we eat. Watching films about early explorers has impacted my learning this term.

So many Australians make good choices to follow their dreams and make things happen to impact Australia’s story. Janet Holmes a Court supported poor people to learn new skills and get an education. She made a real difference in caring for the homeless.
Learning from other students about the many significant Australians has helped me to learn more about Australia’s history. It also drove me to be better in my own presentation and research.

Many immigrants have come to Australia for a better life. We are now a more diverse culture and many different races work happily and live sided by side, adding to Australia’s story. Visiting the Immigration Museum has impacted my learning, finding out about what happens around the world that forces people to flee their countries and come to Australia.

So many people have made a big difference to Australia’s way of life. It was great to learn about our history and how significant Australians have changed our country’s story.

Many people have made a difference to our society and how it has grown and changed. It was great to learn about all the different types of people who make Australia a better place to live.

Everyone in Australia makes a difference, especially those who stand up for what they believe in and who are supporting the rights of everyone. Vida Goldstein stood up for Women’s rights and changed Australia to make it a better place for all women.

The people who have collected research about our country and shared the stories have enriched Australia’s story. We began as an alternative prison for English and Irish convicts. We are now inhabited by many races and cultures. I have learnt about many significant Australians and my classmates family stories and how they have impacted on Australia.

The different Prime Ministers throughout Australia’s History have made an impact on our history. People like John MacArthur and his wife Elizabeth, influenced Australian agriculture by bringing sheep to Australia. I enjoyed learning about Famous Australians. Dressing up and presenting their stories made it feel more real and enriched how we were learning about them and and how they changed Australia’s history.

Sovereign Hill Ballarat

Last Friday the Year 5 and 6 students visited Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. It is a replica of a Gold Mining Town from the 1850’s. There is a large variety of shops to visit in the main street. We enjoyed looking at the old fashioned toys, seeing the blacksmith and buying some old fashioned boiled lollies. We visited the Red Hill Mine which took us deep underground to a demonstration on how one of the largest gold nuggets “The Welcome Nugget’ was discovered. We ventured along the creek beds panning for gold and toured around the miners tents and makeshift village. The conditions would have been very harsh for the miners and their families.

We also tried our luck at the wooden bowling alley and we made candles in the candle makers shop. It was a fabulous day and we enjoyed being immersed into the lives of the immigrants and settlers from all those years ago.

Sovereign Hill 2015 on PhotoPeach


Term 3 Reflections

WOW I have learnt so much this term. I really liked the expo we had because it was really fun and I learnt so much about the people that we all researched about. I have also enjoyed doing the family history because I’ve gotten to know my family even more.
What has helped me learn this term?
Having Mrs. Gridley explain things easily  in maths has helped me a lot. I often get that feeling when you finally understand things. But I have also learnt from the people who have presented their PLT’s because I’ve learnt from my classmates.
What have I discovered about History?
I have learnt heaps about my family including that my Great Grandma and Grandpa both came to Australia as free settlers, in the pre-gold-rush days.
And they married at Wootong Victoria in 1857. I discovered that my Great Grandpa lived the life of a shepherd. I have learnt lot’s of fascinating facts!

By Georgia


My teacher has taught me a lot on maths and about my writing such as tenses. All students have taught me something from maths to literacy to inquiry which I think is great because we can share our knowledge.

What have I discovered about history?

I have discovered more about my family’s history and where they came from and I have learnt the types of fashion in the 1910’s and in the 1960’s. Overall this term has been great learning about our generations and the history of Australia.


What have I discovered about History?
I have learnt about events in History such as the Gold Rush and the First Fleet. Also learning about Famous Australians such as Victor Chang and Sir Don Bradman was great. Working on my Family History PLT is something that I have enjoyed the most because I have learnt so MUCH more about history and my family stories!


What have you discovered about History?

I discovered that History is not in one generation but in lots of generation. I learnt about the gold rush, entertainment in the 1960’s, famous Australians. I learnt about my family history I found out that my great great came from Spain.

By Carmen

Famous Historical Australians

Famous Historical Australians on PhotoPeach

Famous Historical Australians on PhotoPeach

Today was awesome as each of the students presented a notable character from Australia’s History. There were doctors, scientists, explorers, sports stars, entertainers, artists and bushrangers. All of these famous and infamous characters have helped to shape Australia’s History.
The students all gave an oral presentation, dressed in character and answered questions from other students in the school. It was a wonderful personal learning task with many great discoveries about our past and how their actions have helped us today.

Sovereign Hill Ballarat

I really enjoyed our visit to Sovereign especially seeing people dressed as they had during the 1800’s and acting as those characters. I also enjoyed bowling at the alley in the old fashioned way.
I loved seeing the goldsmith melt the gold, pour it into the mould and see it burn. The gold turned solid in a matter of seconds then cooled when it was placed in the water. I loved all of the shops especially the lolly shop and the candle shop. I also liked the red hill mine tour and seeing the huge gold nugget in the safe at the end. I discovered that gold is found in quartz and then crushed and separated. It is then melted into the bricks.
Overall the experience was really educational and fun. The gold rush was discovered in Ballarat in 1851. The rush was on in the mid 1850’s and the Gold Mining town in Sovereign Hill is set up to replicate life amongst the gold miners and their families.
Sovereign Hill Ballarat on PhotoPeach

We had a whole day of fun, or a party in a jar, on our huge adventure to Sovereign Hill. It was an early start but on the bus I heard lots of laughter, squeals of excitement and snoring. When we walked through the gate it was like stepping back in time to 1851. The printing shop made posters. I ordered a Poster that read ‘Wanted 50 pounds for Carmen. I loved how they made the poster with the ink and type set letters in the printing press. There were two charming men sitting on a bench and singing lots of songs. They asked someone to sit down next to them, so I did. It was fun listening to their beautiful voices.

What a fun filled day we had at Sovereign Hill. It was an amazing experience that will never be forgotten. It felt like I went back in time to the 1850’s because all the people there are in character and the shops are very realistic. Adding to the adventure at Sovereign Hill we went on an underground mine tour to explore what the conditions were like for the miners. I am sure that everyone would agree that gold mining would have been very scary.

On the 6th of August everyone woke up very early to be at school at 7:15am. The trip to Sovereign Hill took over 2 hours. The trip was fun because we were singing altogether and doing the Mexican wave down the bus. I really loved the Blacksmiths shop because there were a lot of mechanical things in there. I enjoyed all of the moving parts of the machines. We met a character from the 1850’s named Rob. He was pretending to rob the bank. He was very funny.

At Sovereign Hill I discovered that in 1850 there was bowling. I couldn’t believe it. It was a little different though to our modern day bowling. The skittles were large and wooden. The ball was also wooden and very heavy. You needed to use two hands to roll the bowling ball. It was great fun.

At Sovereign Hill I had a great time. It really felt like I travelled back in time to the 1850’s. Things that enhanced the old fashioned feel were the horse drawn carts, addressing people as “Mam” and “Sir”, the old fashioned shops including a real printing press, no modern technology and the many dressed up characters.

On Tuesday August 6th we all travelled on the bus to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. It was amazing. We went to learn about history. In the 1850’s there was a Goldrush in Australia. There was a huge rush for gold and many gold nuggets were found. We were able to pan for gold and many of us found tiny gold pieces. When the miners found gold they used to take it to the bank to be weighed and sold. We saw many old fashioned shops yesterday. One was a lolly shop which sold raspberry drops, buttercups, freckles and little umbrellas.
We also went to the Gold Pouring at the smelter. The goldsmith would pour the gold, which had been melted at 1200 degrees, into a mould. He then took it out and it was a solid block. He put it in water to cool it down. I had a fantastic day.

Social Bookmarking while learning History lessons

In Term 3, we will be exploring elements of our past and the stories that create history. There are many resources available on the internet and it is important that we learn to use them critically (not trust everything we read).  We will be experimenting with two tools that help us organise and share on-line resources : EduClipper and Diigo.

Both these tools allow us to share a resource or site with our class mates, tag it (more on that later) and make comments on what we think about the information it provides. All students have accounts for both services.





History can be interpreted differently by different people. When looking at any new resource, it is important to consider:

What do you know about the person who created this source?
Think about: • age • gender • occupation • position in society • religious background.
What was life like when this source was created?
Think about: • significant events • political environment • common prejudices • social norms.
What is the creator’s purpose? Why did they create this work?
Was it to: • influence people? • sell something? • tell their version of events?

Source : State Library of Victoria :

Australian Stories

Australia has a very long and rich history, dating back over 40,000 years. The many and varied stories that helped to shape our history will be the focus of our inquiry throughout this term.
We will explore the stories of our grandparents, our migrant community and our indigenous neighbours.
Below is the story of the discovery of Australia’s oldest known man and woman, courtesy of Australian Geographic. This will be the beginning of our exciting exploration into our own historical inquiries.
The 1974 discovery of Mungo Man surprised everybody – doubling the known length of Aboriginal history in Australia.

ON FEBRUARY 26, 1974, a young geologist managed to stretch Australian history by 20,000-odd years when he found 40,000-year-old human remains buried in a dry lake bed in south-western New South Wales.

The discovery, made in the midst of the Aboriginal rights movement – which would quickly intergrate the findings into its slogans – would later double the time that Australia’s first humans were thought to have arrived on the continent.

Jim Bowler, now in his 80s, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne, was with the Australian National University when he came across the remains at Lake Mungo, about 700km west of Sydney.

“We were then confronted by a whole new chapter in Australian history that nobody had previously anticipated,” Jim says.

Professor Mike Morwood, an archaeologist at the University of Wollongong, says the discovery “changed the whole tenor of Australian archaeology, which was now on the world stage.”

The discovery of the bones of Mungo Man in the Mungo desert NSW

Time Capsule

At the conclusion of our learning about Life in the Past we decided to create our own History by making a Time Capsule. We all wrote a letter to ourselves, drew our best picture and added special momentoes from the year. Each of us had our own bag to put in the things that represented our story in 2011. The bags were then locked in a Plastic Tub and a sign was added with a note, to open the capsule in 2015. We will all be in the senior school then. The 3 Junior Classes all gathered together and we placed the Time Capsules under the school building. It will be very interesting to see what changes in the next 4 years. We have helped to create History!

Back to Olden Days School

This week we had a celebration of Learning. We have made so many new discoveries about Life in the Past so we decided to Dress up for the olden days. It was so much fun seeing all the old clothes. We worked at the old desk and shared all the things we now know about the past.
Our new learnings are:
* Life in the past was much harder than today
* With new technology we now have machines that make life easier
* The stories of our Grandparents childhoods help us to appreciate how much easier life is today
* Our grandparents worked hard to help us have a better life
* Life in the past was simpler and slower
* Children in the olden days had more freedom to play and go on adventures
* Understanding our history is an important part of our own story