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Great Lakes College, Tuncurry Campus

Great Lakes College, Tuncurry Campus

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From the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum:

The aim of the History Syllabus is to stimulate students' interest amd enjoyment of exploring the past, to develop a critical understanding of the past and it impact on the present, to develop the critical skills of historical inquiry and to enable students to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.

History as a discipline has its own methods and procedures. It is much more than the simple presentation of facts and dates from the past. History provides the skills for students to answer the question "How do we know?" An investigation of an historical issue through a range of sources can stimulate curiosity and develop problem solving, research and critical thinking skills. It develops language specific to the discipline of History and provides opportunities to further develop literacy skills. Students learn to critically analyse and interpret sources of evidence in order to construct reasoned explanations and a rational and informed argument based on evidence, drawn from the remains of the past. Students engage in research involving traditional methods and ICT, including evaluating web-based sources and using a range of technologies for historical research and communication.

In stage 4, Year 7 students study Ancient Australia, Egypt, India or China. In Year 8 they study Medievil Europe, Japan under the Shoguns and the Spanish conquest of the Americas.

In stage 4 the focus in on the making of the modern world and Austraia. We look at the Industrial Revolution, Slavery, Convicts and of course the World Wars. We also look at the work of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Charles Perkins, which students find challenging and significant to their world. An event that happens each year for Year 10 is the ever-popular 60s day.

All History teachers take advantage of opportunities to use the internet and technology to both teach and help students develop their research skills. The Pod of laptops is regularly in the classroom, and the library also supports classroom teaching.

There are wonderful displays of artefacts and models produced by our students, and creative ways are offered to allow students to show their understanding of past lives.