Engaging in Theatre-in-Education in a historic place

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I will learn.
- Benjamin Franklin
  Theatre-in-Education (TIE) engages and involves students’ in the drama and action of the scene, creating an interest in the topic and a desire to learn more about the world around them. With Moreton Bay EEC students are immersed in theatre at historic places and, with help from our talented TIE-trained actors, are transported back in time through participation in the performance.
These authentic opportunities, collaboratively designed with our partners, offered for Prep-Year 2, Year 3, 5, 7 and 10 students, achieve History and Social Science (HASS) and History learning intentions linked to the Australian Curriculum. Emphasis is on stimulating creative and critical thinking by bringing wonder and awe to authentic places with rich, exciting history. Students establish historical significance; use primary source evidence; identify continuity and change; analyse cause and consequence; take historical perspectives; and understand the ethical dimension of historical interpretations.
Historical locations include Fort Lytton National Park, St Helena Island National Park and Newstead House. The following Moreton Bay EEC programs contain TIE components with student learning and critical thinking paramount.
·         Connect with Heritage (Prep – Year 2 and Year 5) sees students transported back in time to 1846 when the Leslie family resided at Newstead House. Students follow the footsteps of the Leslie family to discover how lives of Colonial Queenslanders are similar and different to their own in the present day.
·         History in a Box (year 3) explores the connection of Fort Lytton to local and world events, places, people and the corresponding eras of history by actively interrogating the physical site and historical sources.
·         Immigration (year 6) traces journeys of migrants arriving in Queensland from the earliest settlements in the 1800’s through to post World War II and importantly, today. Students analyse motivations and difficulties, interrogate values and beliefs and explore contributions to society.
·         Digging up the Past (year 7) uses an archaeological dig where students uncover objects from the past as evidence to establish the site’s cultural significance. A detailed study of the site, including an Aboriginal midden and historic prison structures, enable critical exploration of the value of cultural sites in our society today.
·         War Years: Americans at Newstead House (year 10) engages students in the culture clash experienced by people of Brisbane when the ‘American Invasion’ of US service personnel occurred during WWII’s expansion into the South Western Pacific from 1941. Students, evaluate the impact and significance of WWII on changing roles women, use of wartime controls and Australian’s international relationships in the 20th Century.
·         Frontline (year 10) challenges students to connect intellectually and emotionally with themes including the human side of war; motivations and methods of defending both land and ideals; changing social attitudes and cultural understandings, especially in relation to women; and changing alliances.  
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Last reviewed 28 June 2018
Last updated 28 June 2018