Inquiry-based Learning Through Objects

Completing each course in the Sydney Living Museums Teaching History in the primary classroom program will contribute 5 hours of QTC Registered PD, addressing 2.1.2, 3.4.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
Early bird: $150
Standard: $175
Pre-service and casual teachers: $135
Tuesday 28 July 2020
8.30am - 3pm

About the course

Each course provides five hours of NESA QTC Registered PD.

This professional development day for primary teachers explores practical ways to teach skills and concepts through object-based learning strategies.

Museum experts demonstrate how to build narratives from objects and how to research objects and their contexts online. Participants will be taken through these successful object-based strategies and undertake brainstorming sessions to enrich and adapt their existing History lessons in similar ways.  

Participants will gain firsthand experience as students, being prompted to build their own understanding of the past by using the evidence of objects to answer a historical inquiry question.  

Participants will receive a range of handouts, reading material and references to support them in implementing object-based learning strategies in the classroom.

The course includes:

Object-based learning

  • The value of using object-based learning to teach History
  • Curator, Hyde Park Barracks Museum: Building a narrative from objects

Planning object-based activities for the classroom

  • Mapping possible applications
  • Designing an object-based lesson or learning sequence
  • Alignment to K-10 History syllabus

Strategies for researching objects and their context

  • Research Librarian, Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection: Researching objects and their contexts online
  • Application to teaching programs
  • Resources to support the use of object-based learning in implementing the K-10 History syllabus

Curriculum links:

History K-10 syllabus

Historical concepts and skills

  • Continuity and change
  • Analysis and use of sources
  • Research
  • Explanation and communication

Bookings now open

Meeting Point

The Mint

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

For further information about the program itself, please contact SLM Learning by email: