Scott’s Hut – Exploring the Past at Bournda
Students explore the historical Scott’s Hut from the outside and discuss Mr Scott and what his life was like. Students examine old pictures and try to determine how Scott’s life may have been different or similar to theirs.
Students compare what items Mr Scott would have had in his house to the items that they have in their own houses. They look at kerosene lanterns and help to prepare the lanterns for lighting.
Old Tools – Making things by Hand
Students watch a demonstration of old tools in use and then each student can use appropriate old tools with assistance of teacher / BEEC staff.
Cooking and Sewing
Students make and cook damper in an old camp oven on a camp fire.
Students learn to sew with a needle and thread, and then sew the shape of the letter of their name and attach a button.
Guessing game – discovering old objects
Seven numbered stations are set up in the bush each with an ‘old’ object for the students to discover (candle snuffer, record, egg beaters, wooden pegs, flat iron, etc). Once the students have located the items they need to record what they think the item is and what it may have been used for on a laminated sheet. Students are encouraged to think about, and discuss with their group members what they think the item may have been used for. An old school bell is used to let the students know when it is time to try and find another item. Once all the items have been discovered students revisit the stations as a whole group and discuss each item and what we have today that replaces that item.
Old fashioned games
Students play a number of games that their parents or grandparents may have played including: marbles, elastics, knuckles, rolling the hoop, blind man’s bluff, tug of war, egg (ball) and spoon race, quoits.