Welcome to the start of another fantastic school year and in particular to the dynamic Room 21. As your child’s teacher for 2018, I would like to introduce myself and provide you with some information regarding our year ahead in Room 21, Year 5. My name is Alison Dorotich and I have been teaching at NKPS for over 10 years. This year, I am excited to be working in a shared role with Miss Rachel Ee, who will be teaching the children every Monday. Miss Ee is looking forward to working with our class and meeting families throughout the year. Mrs Gill Spooner will also be in our classroom offering invaluable assistance to students who require a little more support.
INVESTIGATING COLONIAL LIFE IN AUSTRALIA.
The nineteenth century was a period of great change and development in Australia’s history. New colonies were established; great expanses of land were opened up for settlement and hundreds of thousands of people flocked to this ‘new world’ looking for a new start on the goldfields, in the cities or on the land. But how do we paint a picture of life at the time? How can we find out what the lives of the convicts were like? What opportunities did they have when they’d served their sentences? What was life like for the new comers who took up land grants in the bush? Where did they choose to settle? What factors affected their chances of success? How did they interact with the Indigenous people and did the newcomers in rural Australia all experience the same lifestyle? These are some of the exciting mysteries for us to try to solve in this unit of work. We will learn how to investigate evidence from the past and will be challenged to imagine we as a new comer who has to decide where to settle to begin a new life.