Syllabus bites – the Polynesian expansion

Secondary KLA:
Human Society and its Environment
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8

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This resource is a webpage with information, study guide and resources on Polynesian and Maori history.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(HT4-1) describes the nature of history and archaeology and explains their contribution to an understanding of the past

(HT4-2) describes major periods of historical time and sequences events, people and societies from the past

(HT4-4) describes and explains the causes and effects of events and developments of past societies over time

(HT4-6) uses evidence from sources to support historical narratives and explanations

(HT4-7) identifies and describes different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past

(HT4-9) uses a range of historical terms and concepts when communicating an understanding of the past

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACDSEH013) Theories about the origin and spread of Polynesian settlers throughout the Pacific

(ACDSEH066) The way of life in ONE Polynesian society, including social, cultural, economic and political features, such as the role of the ariki in Maori and in Rapa Nui society (Easter Island)

(ACDSEH067) The cultural achievements of ONE Polynesian society, such as the Ta moko and hangi in Maori society OR the moai constructed on Easter Island

(ACDSEH068) The way Polynesian societies used environmental resources (sustainably and unsustainably), including the extinction of the moa in New Zealand, the use of religious/supernatural threats to conserve resources, and the exploitation of Easter Island’s palm trees

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Pacific Island history, Maori history, New Zealand history, Archaeological sites, Artefacts, Primary sources, Indigenous peoples
File type:
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Monday, 12 November 2018

Resource ID: 07dd117b-1d6f-40df-a596-83a4e75c5e81