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Maths lesson PowerPoint – N problem solving lesson 2015


Year 5 possible research areas:

The Sullivans Bay Settlement and The story of William Buckley

  • Research the story of the first official settlement of Port Philip and an escaped convict.

John Batman – Hero or Villain?

  • Batman signed a ‘deed’ with the Wurrundjeri people – but was he stealing their land?


  • Explore the tale of one family leaving home and those they left behind.

Put Yourself in the Eureka Story

  • Retell the fascinating story of Eureka. Share some stories of goldfields life and Eureka and the different perspectives of those involved.

Population Growth and Graphs

  • How many people really came to the gold rushes? Where did they come from? What is the best way to show this?

The Ballarat Goldfields Diary

  • What happened when the Bengal tiger escaped in Main Road? Listen to excerpts from a real goldfields diary then interview the author

The Good Life?

  • Was the goldfields experience good for everyone? Investigate and compare and contrast the different perspectives of those involved.

Sovereign Hill Favourites

  • Create your own short historical fiction about your favourite part of Sovereign Hill

The Governors of Victoria

  • Research the web to make a detailed timeline of our Governors

John Scott’s Selection

  • Try to decipher a real primary source document to find out how a selector changed his land

Bush Poets and Artists

  • Explore how Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson argued in poetry about bush life for selectors and how artists viewed the bush

Victoria: The Lucky Country?

  • Winners are grinners! Compare photos of Thomas Austin’s mansion with a part of Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie letter to understand different perspectives of the growing colony
  • Investigate squatters and selectors history and stories
  • Investigate aboriginal resistance fighters – eg Jandamarra or Pemulwuy

Year 6 possible research areas:

  • Describe the background to and significance of the 1967 referendum which gave Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the vote
  • Investigating the stories of individuals or groups who advocated or fought for rights in twentieth-century Australia (ie ‘Freedom Riders’ of 1965, Charles Perkins, Eddie Marbo)
  • Explain and compare the push and pull factors that have contributed to people migrating to Australia
  • Explore how Australia’s immigration selection process determined who was let in and who was not.
  • Investigate the different types of migrants who arrived in Australia after World War II, in the 1970s and recently
  • Research on the life of a well-known migrant
  • Research notable individuals in Australian public life across a range of fields, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Investigate the role of specific cultural groups in Australia’s economic and social development (for example the Snowy Mountains Scheme)


Questions Readers Ask When Doing Research

The question matrix

To begin with open up the following timeline:

Part 1:

Read –

Explore –

Part 2:

Begin by exploring the Timeline: Vietnamese immigration to Australia from ABC News and answer the following questions.

•       How many Vietnamese people were there in Australia before 1975?

•       Why did the ‘wave’ of Vietnamese refugees begin in 1975?

•       By 1981 what percentage of Vietnamese arrivals had come by boat?

Next view some of the images from the collection of photographs from the National Library of Australia, which documents the arrival of Vietnamese ‘boat people’ in Darwin in 1977. What information can be gathered from these photos? Consider features of the photographs such as the cramped conditions on the small boats, the lack of amenities and the presence of young children on the boats.

Finailly explore the interactive timeline created by SBS to accompany their series Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta, which shows some key events in the history of the Vietnamese community in Australia from the Vietnam War to 2012.

Part 3:

Watch and we will discuss the video Refugee kids from ABC’s Behind the News.

The video provides background information about why refugees come to Australia and the adjustments some young refugees have to make after arriving in Australia.