Middle phase (Years 5 to 8)

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Pre-visit activities

Suggested teaching and learning  experiences Subject and learning focus

Teacher facilitated discussion

Discuss the groups’ experiences of art. Are all household items, like cups and saucers, works of art? Discuss: all objects we use were designed by someone.

Suggested learning activities

The pottery in the exhibition was made from clay from the local river in Cherbourg called Barambah River. Design something useful or create something new from the environment you live in.

Teacher facilitated discussion

The pottery was created in Cherbourg. Explain that the settlement began with Aboriginal groups from other areas being removed to Cherbourg. Refer to the Map of Aboriginal Australia created by AIATSIS and David Horton in 1994. Note that Aboriginal Australia is made up of hundreds of countries that still exist today. Explain that all the groups moved to Cherbourg would have brought many different traditions with them to the new settlement.

  • Have you lived anywhere else?
  • Has anyone in your family come from a different country or city?
  • Did you or your family members bring something (an object or tradition) to your new home?

Suggested learning activities

On a computer or ipad explore the Cherbourg memory website.

Look at some of the stories that were captured. Why would they have been chosen?


What stories would you tell about your life? Bring in copies of images to make a collage or use an app to create a slideshow of photographs to present to the class.

Design and Technologies

Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs.

Visualise, generate, develop and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling.

Geography

The natural resources provided by the environment, and different views on how they could be used sustainably.

The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples throughout Australia

History: Community and remembrance

Who lived here first and how do we know? How has our community changed? What features have been lost and what features have been retained? What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community? How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?

Media Arts

Use media technologies to create time and space through the manipulation of images, sounds and text to tell stories.

SLQ visit activities

Suggested teaching and learning  experiences Subject and learning focus

Teacher facilitated discussion

Read about the establishment of Barambah Pottery in the exhibition foreword. The pottery operation was set up to generate income for the government and not the community. The government set up the space, purchased materials and also took all of the profits. The benefit for the Barambah Potters was a small wage and skills development. Talk about the difference of working for the government or a business, compared to working for yourself.

Suggested learning activities

Explore the exhibition.  Choose your favourite object. Draw a picture of it and make a list of adjectives to describe what it looks like. Also write down why you chose this object.

Teacher facilitated discussion

What is tourist art? Is the value of art created for the tourist market different from other art?

When you visit another place do you buy or collect something to remember your trip? What do you bring home? Does it represent the people or the country you are on?

Look at how these items are presented and displayed.

How does time and the act collecting and display change their value (or does it?)

Suggested learning activities

Watch the videos in the exhibition. Then use the touch screen with the Cherbourg Memory timeline to find images of the other Cherbourg creative industries that Aunty Jeanette Brown talks about.

History

Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders, migrants, women, and children.

Economics and Business

The traditional markets of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their participation in contemporary markets.

Visual Art

Respond to visual artworks and consider where and why people make visual artworks, starting with visual artworks from Australia, including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Visual Art

Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks, starting with visual artworks in Australia including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

History

Pose questions about the past using sources provided. Identify points of view in the past and present

Visual Art

Present artworks and describe how they have used visual conventions to represent their ideas.

Post visit activities

Suggested teaching and learning  experiences Subject and learning focus

Teacher facilitated discussion

The exhibition featured stories about 1970s and 1980s in Australia. Discuss the rights of Aboriginal people. What were the rights of other Australians?

Teacher facilitated discussion and suggested learning activity

What is the ‘Cherbourg style’ we saw decorating the pottery?
Talk about how culture influences the world around us.
Think about how multiculturalism has influences our lives. Discuss different food, music and art.
Bring in something from home that originates from another culture. Explain its significance to the class.

Teacher facilitated discussion

Discuss the importance of pottery in your daily life. Discuss role of food vessels and storage, like pottery, in relation to archaeology and the discovery of ancient civilisations defined by the presence of pottery shards.

Suggested learning activities

Examine the science behind making and firing clay into pottery.
Design and create a piece of pottery inspired by the exhibition that is functional but represents something important to you or your family or where you are from.

History

Pose questions about the past using sources provided
Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders, migrants, women, and children.

Geography

The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples throughout Australia
People are connected to many places

History: The ancient world

How do we know about the ancient past? Why and where did the earliest societies develop? What emerged as the defining characteristics of ancient societies? What have been the legacies of ancient societies?

Science

Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways. Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another.

Design and Technology

Plan, create and refine a product – share using a collaboration and communication tools.

Art

Create and display artwork to communicate ideas to an audience.

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