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Year 05 - History - Convict clues

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Program overview

Program inquiry question:

What can historical sources tell us about Moreton Bay Penal Colony and the people who lived in and around the settlement?

Convict Clues is an engaging full day excursion that provides many opportunities for students to discover more about the rich convict history of our city. They are provided with the opportunity to explore authentic primary historical sources to build a picture of Moreton Bay Penal Colony and what daily life may have been like for its inhabitants.
The day begins at the Centre where students assume the role of archaeologist and take part in a simulated dig. In this hands-on activity, they uncover and examine primary historical artefacts and consider who may have used them and for what purpose. Next, they interrogate the contents of character boxes to discover more about the groups who inhabited the area prior to and after European settlement, together with the influence of significant individuals on the development of the penal colony itself. The differing points of view of each of these is explored to gain an empathic understanding of the hardships endured and challenges faced by all.

In the second part of the day, the students adopt the role of a convict from the first group to arrive at Moreton Bay. They demonstrate their understanding of the use of historical inquiry skills they have developed in the morning to interpret clues and uncover the importance of five convict sites around modern-day Brisbane. The integration of engaging stories, innovative use of digital technology and use of place transports the learners back in time to bring the city's rich convict past to life.

By the end of the day, all learners have developed a vivid picture of what everyday life was like for the inhabitants of Moreton Bay Penal Colony together with a firm understanding of the impact of the arrival of the Europeans on the indigenous inhabitants of the area and the physical landscape. 

Curriculum links

Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment - Year 4/5 - convict clues

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Last reviewed 19 June 2020
Last updated 19 June 2020