By Alesha Capone
Grade five pupils at Cambridge Primary School in Hoppers Crossing have been writing historical narratives, based on knowledge they gained through learning about colonisation.
Teacher Jessica Green said that while engaged in remote learning last month, pupils researched colonisation from an Indigenous Australian perspective.
Ms Green said the youngsters also studied the writing process; thinking critically about themes and connections in text; and looking at the features which make a hybrid text, a mix of fiction and non-fiction, unique.
“Throughout the process, the students learnt about the loss and treatment of Indigenous Australians and the action that the European settlers took during that period,” she said.
“It was great to see that the kids were learning a side to Australia’s history that they may not have been aware of.”
Ms Green said the pupils had enjoyed “taking fact and giving it their flair to turn it into fiction”.
“During the remote learning process, I think the one thing that stood out to me that the students had learnt was that they could take control of their learning and that they were more resilient than they gave themselves credit for,” she said.
“I was so proud and, to be honest, left a little speechless because of the work that they have produced.”
Ms Green said she wanted to thank the pupils and their parents for their efforts during remote learning.