Past and Present Family Life
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The Year 1 curriculum provides a study of present and past family life within the context of the students’ own world. Students learn about similarities and differences in family life by comparing the present with the past. They begin to explore the links, and the changes that occur, over time.

Key inquiry questions

  1. How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
  2. How can we show that the present is different from or similar to the past?
  3. How do we describe the sequence of time?

Historical knowledge and understanding


Mallala Now and Then

Gawler Now and Then


Abdulla, Ian W. Tucker.
Norwood, South Australia: Omnibus Books 1994.

In this book, Ian Abdulla remembers the food gathering and preparation at his home on the banks of the River Murray during the 1950s. Tucker was short-listed for the Children’s Book Council Eve Pownall Award
for Information Books in 1995.
Abdulla, Ian W., As I grew older : the life and times of a Nunga growing up along the River Murray.
Norwood, South Australia Omnibus Books, 1993.

Family life for Aboriginal families living along the Murray River at Swan Reach, Berri and Cobdogla in South Australia in the 1950s and 1960s centred on the water and on catching food. As I Grew Older was awarded the Australian Multicultural Children’s Literature Award in 1994
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Baker, Jeannie (1991). Window (1st ed). Greenwillow Books, New York

As the baby grows older inside the house, the view from his bedroom window changes.

Kane, Kim and Masciullo, Lucia Family forest. Hardie Grant Egmont, Prahran, Vic, 2010.
Do you have half-sisters, big brothers, step-parents? The modern family comes in all shapes and sizes.
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Russell, Elaine The shack that dad built. Little Hare Books, Surry Hills, N.S.W, 2005.
This story is based on the author's memories about her impoverished but happy, friendly life at La Perouse in New South Wales, where her Dad built a shack when she was five years old.
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Hathorn, Libby. and Stanley, Elizabeth. The wishing cupboard / Libby Hathorn ; [illustrated by] Elizabeth Stanley Lothian Books South Melbourne, Vic 2002.
Grandmother has a cupboard with lots of nooks and crannies and keepsakes from her Vietnamese family’s past. One contains secret wishes.
The Wishing Cupboard
The Wishing Cupboard

Cox, David Ayu and the perfect moon. Bodley Head, London, 1984.

Ayu in Bali learns the moon dance from her grandmother to perform at the moon festival. The tradition is handed on through the generations.
Ayu and the Perfect Moon
Ayu and the Perfect Moon

Tonkin, Rachel. Grandpa's stories / Rachel Tonkin Roland Harvey Books Port Melbourne 1996.

An honest description of a grandfather’s developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Grandpa's Stories
Grandpa's Stories

Tonkin, Rachel When I was a kid. Allen & Unwin in association with the Australian War Memorial, St Leonards, N.S.W, 1997.

Family life in the fifties will give plenty of scope for comparisons.
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Tonkin, Rachel Papa and the Olden Days/ Ian Edwards & Rachel Tonkin. - [2013 edition]
Newtown, N.S.W. Walker Books Australia, - Walker classics
Although a child at this age level would not have grandparents with memories as early as those of Papa in this book,the book provides useful details of former family lives and remains in print.


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