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The Difference Differently site, created by Together for Humanity, is a wonderful resource which can be used when teaching the 'Change and Continuity' as well as the 'Cultures' strand of HSIE. In particular, the "Our Communities" Special Days section is relevant when teaching about the origins of special days and festivals.
As these are children's responses, there is not a great amount of detail regarding the origin of the celebrations. For this reason, the resource would provide a good starting point for the subject matter as it provides short, age and ability appropriate student writings on their "special" day. These responses range from religious celebrations such as Easter and Diwali, to cultural celebrations such as ANZAC Day and Chinese New Year.
Modelling the format of the resource, students could display their understanding of this aspect of CCS1.1 by researching and producing their own synopsis of a day or festival which is special to them and their family focussing on the origin of the celebration which could then be made into a class book to be referred to in further activities. As HSIE students in Stage One are beginning to move away from an egocentric view of the world to a slightly broader focus, this activity is appropriate for their developmental stage as it is still very connected to the childs personal experiences, however through investigation it allows consideration of an event from a broader perspective.
As was stated, this activity allows students to relate their personal experiences to a broader context helping them to make sense of these experiences and the world (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p. 12). Through this personal connection to the activity, students motivation to participate increases as they feel a sense of control over their learning which in turn leads to heightened engagement with the task (McInerney & McInerney, 2010, p. 205), ultimately contributing to a "love of learning" (Board of Studies NSW, 2006, p. 7), one of the goals of the syllabus.