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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 2
  2. Human Society and Its Environment
  3. Activities
  4. Life of Aboriginal People Before British Colonisation
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Life of Aboriginal People Before British Colonisation

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 2 (end of Year 4)
Grade D Lee   Jo  
Grade E Pat   Alex   Sam  

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Change and Continuity, Environments

Description of activity

Students respond to the question 'How did the British colonisation of Australia change the daily life of Aboriginal peoples?'

  1. Students complete the worksheet, responding in a way that best allows them to show what they know and can do.
  2. They write an explanation, draw or list events, routines, customs etc of daily life of traditional Aboriginal people that have changed since the arrival of the British.

Suggested materials

Worksheet, pencils/pens, paper

Prior learning

Students have undertaken research in and exploration of Aboriginal people before British colonisation, which will work towards answering questions, such as: ‘How did British colonisation affect the lives of Aboriginal and other peoples and what were the consequences for the continent?’ They have jointly and independently constructed explanations. At this stage in the teaching and learning cycle, they have investigated key historical events and sites, and explored the impact of colonisation on Indigenous Australians.

Board of Studies, HSIE K-6 Units of Work, pp 85-92


Significant Events and People (CCS2.1)
Describes events and actions related to the British colonisation of Australia and assesses changes and consequences.
Relationship with Places (ENS2.6)
Describes people’s interactions with environments and identifies responsible ways of interacting with environments.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • explain differences in daily life for Aboriginal People after British Colonisation.
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