Various indigenous Shields in display case

Ancient worlds

Terms 1-4, Monday–Friday
60 mins
Year level
Years 7-8
Minmum student numbers
Minimum 15 students
Maximum student numbers
Maximum 50 students
$7 per student plus education service fee
Booking information
Bookings (03) 8341 7767

Students are introduced to the First Peoples of Victoria and learn some of the protocols associated with this aspect of our shared history.

In this self-guided program students are provided with a trail booklet that guides them through the exhibition. The map in the inside cover of the booklet guides students to exhibits related to the topic of ancient life in Australia. Students will learn how the cultural practices of the First Peoples were shaped and formed over 2000 Generations. Students are encouraged to work in pairs to discuss the questions posed at each stop.

In the Many Nations section of the exhibition students will study the range of technologies used by First Peoples across Australia and identify the variety of designs and practices used in various places.

Students can use their findings to research other ancient cultures back at school.

Curriculum links

History: Level 7 - 8

  • How physical or geographical features influenced the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ communities, foundational stories and land management practices (VCHHK105)
  • The significant beliefs, values and practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures including trade with other communities, causes and effects of warfare, and death and funerary customs (VCHHK106)
  • The nature of sources of evidence about ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australia’s ancient past, such as the use of resources (VCHHK107)
  • The importance of conserving the remains of the ancient past, including the heritage, culture and artefacts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCHHK108)

Geography: Level 7-8

  • Spiritual, cultural and aesthetic value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, that influence the significance of places, and ways of protecting significant landscapes (VCGGK120)

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