Bring Back the Block

Bring Back the Block is a fieldwork program that engages Stage 3 students in Mathematics and History, and incorporates the cross curriculum priority of Sustainability and the general capability of Information and Communication Technology.

The program is based around a hypothetical scenario involving a film director engaging teams of students who act as:

a. historical researchers – to investigate the people who lived in a row of now demolished terrace houses in Gloucester Street and

b. model makers – to build models of the now demolished terraces.

The participating class will be working in 6 teams and each will be assigned a house in the now demolished block.

The program is delivered in two stages,

  • Pre-visit web based activities in your school to familiarise students with the purpose and skill requirements of the fieldwork,
  • A full day fieldwork program delivered in the Rocks and at the Observatory Hill EEC.

Program outcomes

  1. To enhance mathematics outcomes, particularly in the content strand of working mathematically, by problem solving a maths focused design task
  2. To enhance history outcomes in the content area of Australian Colonies by exploring the different experiences of people living in Australia over time.
  3. To enhance ICT outcomes through the use of iPads, interactive whiteboards and other mobile technologies

Student Pre-Visit activities

1 Your excursion scenario is that you will be working for a film maker to make models and heritage signs of 6 demolished houses in The Rocks. To help you understand about the history of the Rocks view the film clip Rocks Ramble – The Big Picture and answer the questions in your worksheet.

2. On you your excursion day you will be working as a team (of around five) to take measurements of some terraces in The Rocks (using measuring equipment) and then working at the Observatory Hill Environment Centre on four different activities. Your teacher will allocate one of the four jobs to you. If your team has more than four people, two people will be assigned the last task – making a cardboard model of your terrace.

  • Completing a 3D model of your terrace house using sketchup soft ware
  • Completing a digital floor plan of your terrace on an ipad using Ha home design app
  • making a historic plaque for your terrace on an ipad using Pages app
  • making a 3d cardboard of your terrace

3. View the Bring Back the Block Movie Trailer to find out more about what you will be doing on your excursion day. This may take a short time to load.

4. View the film clip How to scan a QR Code with an ipad

Risk Assessment Pro Forma – Bring Back The Block

Summary of learning sites and student activities

Learning Site Activity Student Outcomes Fieldwork in Action
 In your classroom Pre-visit Activities

  • Students are introduced to the program and the area they will be investigating.
  • Understand the program and their design task.
  • Describe and explain different experiences of people living in Australia over time.
  • Understand how to use ICT.
 Foundation Park Social History detective

  • Students use ipads to research information about past occupants of Gloucester Street
  • Use ICT effectively and appropriately when investigating, creating and communicating mathematical ideas and information.

Social History detective

Students researching previous occupants using ipads

 Foundation Park Mystery Artifacts

  • Students identify a mystery artifact and match it to one of the families previously living in Gloucester Street
  • Describe and explain different experiences of people living in Australia over time.Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication.

Mystery Artifact

Student undertaking Mystery artifact activity

 Rocks Square Argyle Terraces Study

  • Students in teams use measuring instruments to measure an allocated terrace in Argyle Place
  • Select and use the appropriate unit and device to measure length, distance and perimeter.

Students measuring Argyle Terraces

Students measuring Argyle Terraces

 Observatory Hill EEC Model Making

  • Students use their terrace measurements to create a scale model in cardboard of their allocated terrace.
  • Display and interpret data with scales of many to one.Use ICT effectively and appropriately when investigating, creating and communicating mathematical ideas and information.

 

Students making models

Students making models

 Observatory Hill EEC Creating floor plans

  • Students use their terrace measurements and a Home Design App on their ipad to draw a 2d floor plan and create 3D models of their allocated terrace.
  • Display and interpret data with scales of many to one.Use ICT effectively and appropriately when investigating, creating and communicating mathematical ideas and information.

Students making digital floor plans

Students making digital floor plans

 Observatory Hill EEC 3D modelling

  • Students use their terrace measurements and a Google Sketch to create a 3D models of their allocated terrace.
  • Display and interpret data with scales of many to one.Use ICT effectively and appropriately when investigating, creating and communicating mathematical ideas and information.

Students making virtual 3D models

Students making virtual 3D models

 Observatory Hill EEC Historic Plaque

  • Students use the information they have research using ipads to create a historic plaque for their allocated terrace using the App  Pages on their ipads.
  • Describe and explain different experiences of people living in Australia over time.Use ICT effectively and appropriately when investigating, creating and communicating mathematical ideas and information.

Students making historic plaques

Students making historic plaques

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