Studies in Australian History – Week Eighteen
Our year is concluding with the turn of the century, the Federation of Australia and the foundation of Canberra. I thought it was a nice note to finish on, and a reasonably logical place to stop (although one could argue it could have made more sense to stop at the end of the nineteenth century). Our studies have taken us to the first series of My Place (since we are watching the series backwards, starting with the episodes set before white settlement and working towards the modern settings).
For a bit of fun, we listened to Don Spencer’s Australia for Kids album.
We also read about Tom Roberts, with the aid of Mark Wilson’s Inside The World Of Tom Roberts (a Ben and Gracie Adventure). We did an art activity (multimedia collage… I wasn’t really happy with that one) based on Shearing the Rams and we read/sang Click Go The Shears to go with it.
Along with learning about Federation, we have started reading Prime Ministers of Australia, and will continue to do so as we work through the twentieth century next year.
We also managed to work in a micro-excursion this week. We had just read about Sir Henry Parkes in the morning, when in the afternoon we were heading somewhere only five mins away from Sir Henry Parkes’ grave so I thought it was worth the visit.
Also, just for fun, we've started watching Tony Robinson's Time Walks. We bought the DVD of series one and are pleased to hear he is filming a second series. Looking forward to getting up to the Sydney episode!
Next year we will return to more geography, have some more Australian themed art and plenty more picture books. I'm looking forward to sharing more of our history journey with you as we continue to explore Australia's history.