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Investigating the Ancient Past - Yr 7 History

by Ringwood Secondary College

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Course Description

This History course has been designed to engage students in learning about History and Archaeology. It is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and is created to support all learners in covering the key concepts and skills for the first depth study of Year 7 History.    

The Year 7 curriculum provides a study of history from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period, approximately 60 000 BC (BCE) – c.650 AD (CE). It was a period defined by the development of cultural practices and organised societies. The study of the ancient world includes the discoveries (the remains of the past and what we know) and the mysteries (what we do not know) about this period of history, in a range of societies including Australia, Egypt, Greece or Rome, China or India.

Key inquiry questions

  1. How do we know about the ancient past?
  2. Why and where did the earliest societies develop?
  3. What emerged as the defining characteristics of ancient societies?
  4. What have been the legacies of ancient societies?
The history content at this year level involves two strands: Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills this course addresses the first depth study of Historical knowledge and Understanding and many of the Historical skills students are required to cover for this year of History. This is the first of three depth studies in the Australian Curriculum at Year 7.  In this depth study students build on and consolidate their understanding of historical inquiry from previous years in depth, using a range of sources for the study of the ancient past.  

Historical Knowledge and Understanding key questions for the first depth study - Investigating the ancient past are:

  1. How historians and archaeologists investigate history, including excavation and archival research (ACDSEH001)
  2. The range of sources that can be used in an historical investigation, including archaeological and written sources (ACDSEH029)
  3. The methods and sources used to investigate at least ONE historical controversy or mystery that has challenged historians or archaeologists, such as in the analysis of unidentified human remains (ACDSEH030)
  4. The nature of the sources for ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australia’s past in the ancient period, such as the use of resources(ACDSEH031)
  5. The importance of conserving the remains of the ancient past, including the heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. (ACDSEH148)


Cover image: Taken by Britt Gow (@brittgow) who kindly gave me permission to use this photo of Bunjil, the dreamtime creator. A 20,000 year old cave painting in the Grampians, Victoria.  
Investigating the Ancient Past - Yr 7 History
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