Educational Programs for Schools

Our educational programs for schools provide experiential opportunities for students to develop their historical concepts within the following topics. Please contact us if you would like to book into any of the following programs.

Past and Present Family Life Program

In this program students are encouraged explore present and past family life within the context of their own world. They will be able to explore similarities and differences between their own families and the families of others that lived over 100 years ago. Students will learn about similarities (continuity) and differences (change) in family life by comparing the present with the past. Students will investigate, through stories told, the links they have to the past and what changes have occurred. They will learn that sources of historical information can be physical items, such as letters, books, photographs, and household equipment, as well as oral stories of what life was like in the past. They will begin to use historical skills like asking questions, conducting interviews, and gathering sources to investigate past and present family life.

During this program students will:

  • discuss and recount stories of family and local history
  • explore the differences in family structures and roles, and how these have changed or remained the same over time
  • develop a narrative about the past
  • explore the changes and continuities in family life over time
  • analyse how has family life changed or remained the same over time
  • examine how the present is different from or similar to the past?
  • describe the sequence of time

Learning activities will include: House tour, old fashioned washing, making damper & butter, old games, costumes, craft and artefacts.

This program meets the following NSW History outcomes for Early Stage 1 and Stage 1:

  • HTe-1 communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others
  • HTe-2 demonstrates developing skills of historical inquiry and communication
  • HT1-1 communicates an understanding of change and continuity in family life using appropriate historical terms
  • T1-4 demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication