Pupils delve into local history at library
■ Budding young historians from Pegs Creek Primary took an excursion to the Local History Office last week to discover more about the region’s past as part of their humanities and social sciences program.
Students from Years 1 to 3 went to the Karratha Public Library on September 21, where history librarian Sally Culver supplied teachers and students with photographs, maps, letters, artefacts and newspapers that they scrutinised with magnifying glasses.
Pegs Creek humanities and social sciences co-ordinator Jillian Tarca said it was important to access valuable primary and secondary sources when teaching students about the past.
“Analysing and evaluating are two of the skills in the humanities and social sciences curriculum, which students were able to practise during the visit,” she said.
“Schools in the region are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with local librarians to support student learning.”
Ms Tarca said each year level had a different focus, including changes in the community over time, significant features in the region and changes in communication and technology.
“The Year 1s in my class enjoyed typing their name on a typewriter, watching the 3D printer, looking at photographs, identifying types of mailboxes from the past at Cossack and Dampier and reading old telegrams and letters,” she said.
“Pre-primary 2 also came on the excursion and participated in a general library tour, seeing what resources are available in the library such as books, magazines, games and DVDs.
“A big thank you must go to Sally Culver, the local history librarian, for preparing and providing resources for our five classes and our teachers and parent helpers for their support.”
For more information or to access resources from the Local History Office, email history. firstname.lastname@example.org or to access the 3D printer call the library on 9186 8555.
Year 1 student Monique Blackburn types while fellow Year 1 students Kyam Ives and Isabel White look on.