Work samples


Year 8

Above satisfactory

Postcard from Angkor Wat

Summary of task

Students were asked to imagine visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia and to design and write the two sides of a postcard detailing what they had seen and learned at the site. They were provided with a teacher-created template to record their thoughts and observations, and the postcards were printed and displayed in the school library. The task was part of a unit of work on the Khmer Empire and was completed in class over three 50-minute lessons. 

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 8, students recognise and explain patterns of change and continuity over time. They explain the causes and effects of events and developments. They identify the motives and actions of people at the time. Students explain the significance of individuals and groups and how they were influenced by the beliefs and values of their society. They describe different interpretations of the past.

Students sequence events and developments within a chronological framework with reference to periods of time. When researching, students develop questions to frame a historical inquiry. They analyse, select and organise information from primary and secondary sources and use it as evidence to answer inquiry questions. Students identify and explain different points of view in sources. When interpreting sources, they identify their origin and purpose, and distinguish between fact and opinion. Students develop texts, particularly descriptions and explanations, incorporating analysis. In developing these texts, and organising and presenting their findings, they use historical terms and concepts, evidence identified in sources, and acknowledge their sources of information.

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