Posts Tagged ‘History’

BTN (Behind The News) – National Archives

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘National Archives’. After viewing the story complete the discussion questions below into your language book. Remember to complete the questions with the question (in red) and the answer (in blue).


  1. Briefly summarise the BTN story.
  2. Why are the books in the BTN story being preserved?
  3. What does the National Archives do?
  4. About how many items are there in the archive’s collection?
  5. Give examples of items in the collection.
  6. Where are most of the items held?
  7. Why did they build a new home for the archives in Canberra?
  8. How has the building been specially designed to keep items protected?
  9. Do you think it’s important to preserve items from Australia’s history? Explain your answer.
  10. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BTN story?


Bushrangers Research Task

Choose an infamous Australian bushranger from the list below. Using your research skills you will need to research your chosen bushranger to find the following information.

  • Martin Cash
  • Frank Gardiner
  • Ben Hall
  • Captain Thunderbolt
  • Harry Power
  • Ned Kelly
  • What was your bushranger’s full name?
  • When and where was your bushranger born?
  • What were some of your bushranger’s most infamous crimes?
  • How, where and when was your bushranger finally caught?
  • What punishment did they receive for their crimes?
  • When and where did they die?
  • Any other significant information you discover.

You will present your information in a Pages document on your iPad. Remember to include a picture of your bushranger (with a reference) and also to write any information you find in your own words!

Don’t forget you only have one session to complete this task so use your time efficiently!


BTN (Behind The News) – Ned Kelly

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Ned Kelly’. Once you have viewed the story you need to answer the following questions in your language book. Remember you need to include the question AND the answer.

  1. What type of outlaw was Ned Kelly?
  2. Where was Ned Kelly’s ‘Last Stand’? What year was it?
  3. What was significant about the first film made about Ned Kelly?
  4. What were the names of the other members of the Kelly Gang?
  5. What were some of the crimes mentioned in the BtN story that Ned Kelly and his gang committed?
  6. How old was Ned Kelly when he was hanged?
  7. What is the purpose of the archaeological study of the location of the Glenrowan Inn?
  8. What have the archaeologists found? Who do they think they belong to?
  9. What myth/story about Ned Kelly’s ‘Last Stand’ are they hoping to solve?
  10. Why do you think that Ned Kelly is still seen as a significant person in Australian History?

BTN (Behind The News) – Eureka Stockade

Click on the link above to view the BtN Story ‘Eureka Stockade’. Once you have watched the story you need to complete the following questions in your language book. Remember to answer the questions with the question in red pen and the answer in blue.

1. When is the anniversary for the Eureka Stockade?
2. Where was the Eureka Stockade? Locate using Google Maps.
3. What is the Eureka Stockade? Explain what happened.
4. What happens at Sovereign Hill?
5. What was mined in Ballarat Victoria in the 1850s?
a. Copper
b. Diamonds
c. Gold
6. Describe what life was like for the miners.
7. What did the miners call themselves?
8. What happened to the miners if they didn’t hold a license?
9. How has the Eureka Stockade contributed
to democracy in Australia?
10. What does the Eureka flag look like and what does it symbolise?

BTN (Behind The News) – Gold Rush

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Gold Rush’. Once you have viewed the story you need to complete the following questions into your language book. You need to present your work with the questions and the answers.

  1. When was gold first found in Australia?
  2. Describe what happened after the first discovery.
  3. Why do gold mines close?
  4. Describe the different ways gold was mined.
  5. `If the costs outweighed the benefits the mine would close’. What are the costs and benefits of mining gold?
  6. Why are they now opening some gold mines again?
  7. What has happened to the price of gold recently?
  8. Why are some people against mines being re-opened?
  9. Illustrate an aspect of the Gold rush story.
  10. Name three facts you learnt in the Gold rush story.

The Changing Map of Australia

Click on the link below to view the clip on ‘The Changing Map of Australia’.

After you have viewed the clip you will receive two sheets of tracing paper and a single, small map of Australia.

You will need to trace the map of Australia onto the tracing paper and then draw each of the different maps of Australia from before European settlement until the present day Australian map.

Each map should be drawn accurately, include colour and must be labelled.

For extra assistance you can also click on this link.

Maths – Length – The First Fleet

Over the previous weeks we have learned about the harrowing journey taken by the ships of the First Fleet. We know that conditions were harsh and cramped, but just how big or small were these boats? In pairs you will be allocated one of the selection of ships. Read through the information provided about your ship to find the measurements. Note, most measurements are given in feet, therefore you will need to convert these measurements to metres. Your challenge is the measure and mark out the size of your boat using tape measures, trundle wheels, witches hats etc. You and your team will need to work together out on the oval. Once you have ‘constructed’ your ship, take a photo of you and your team on-board using your Ipad. Good-luck sailors!


Australian Banknotes

Choose one of Australia’s banknotes ($5, $10, $20, $50 or $100). Then using the website link as well as other websites you can discover research the famous Australian (note: I said Australian) who is on that note. It is important to choose a person who lived within the years of our inquiry unit (1800-1900). You should be researching information such as their name, date of birth, date of death, where they lived, a picture of the person, their significant achievements, why they were chosen to be on our money and any other relevant information.

REMEMBER: You only have one session for this task so make sure you use your time wisely. Your information can be presented on pages on your iPad.

CHALLENGE: Name three Australian Historical figures who appeared on old banknotes.

European Discovery

European Discovery

Click on the link above to view the inquiry comprehension task ‘European Discovery’. Once you have read the text you need to answer the comprehension questions in your language book. Remember our Grade 5 non-negotiables!

CHALLENGE: What can you name around Australia that is named after Bass or Flinders?

TIP: When completing a comprehension task remember to:

  1. Read the text
  2. Read the questions
  3. Read the text again, highlighting key information
  4. Answer the questions

BTN (Behind The News) – Maritime Past

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Maritime Past’, Once you’ve watched the story you need to complete the task below.


On the sheet of A3 paper provided draw a simple illustration of a ship that was used to transport people to Australia in the early 19th century. Using the information from the BTN clip label your boat and include interesting facts about traveling on these vessels during this time.

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