Indigenous Culture History and Identity

 Year 4 - Our Universe: Creation and Change over Time 
Students learn about the creation of the universe, including cultural, religious and scientific theories such as the Big Bang. They learn that Earth orbits a star called the sun, that it rotates on a tilted axis, and how these things affect life on Earth.

Students learn how evidence can help us learn about Earth’s past flora and fauna and how they can adapt to their environment. They explore our universe as a continually growing and changing planet that needs to be looked after into the future.  
Learning objectives
In Lessons 1 to 24, students learn to:
  • describe the universe within which we live and the scientific theory of its creation
  • create a model of the solar system
  • describe how the process of Earth’s rotation on its axis affects people
  • identify other beliefs as to how our world and the things in it were created
  • create a sundial to show an early way of telling time
  • examine the themes of Dreamtime stories
  • describe the fields that scientists work within, helping us to know more about our world in the past, present and future
  • explain likely theories as to why dinosaurs became extinct
  • describe the megafauna of Australia
  • examine a Dreamtime story that tells us about the Aboriginal peoples’ relationship with megafauna and reflect on what life was like in this period
  • describe the adaptations flora and fauna have made over time
  • create a postcard showing Australian megafauna
  • describe the adaptations flora and fauna have made over time
  • identify changes to the universe and justify personal ideas about the future of the universe. 
  1. Students will complete a content test to demonstrate their knowledge of the unit of work.
  2. Students will complete a rich task requiring them to create a game relating to a concept or topic learnt throughout the unit.
  3. Students will complete set activities throughout the course of the unit and collate them in their history books.
  4. These are referred to as portfolio items. 

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