Pupils delve into lo­cal history at li­brary

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ 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. of­fi­cer@kar­ratha.wa.gov.au or to ac­cess the 3D printer call the li­brary on 9186 8555.

Pic­ture: Pegs Creek Pri­mary School

Year 1 stu­dent Monique Black­burn types while fel­low Year 1 stu­dents Kyam Ives and Is­abel White look on.

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