- Teacher Professional Development
Teaching Primary History through Place
Pre-service and casual teachers: $135
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 place-based learning strategies.
Participants will visit three museums and will learn from a museum expert the best strategies and tools to use when undertaking place-based research.
The course starts at the Museum of Sydney, where the curator will discuss the site’s significance. Participants will then explore the museum and reflect on the course content.
During a guided walking tour up Macquarie Street to The Mint, participants gain firsthand experience of using a range of sources to identify how the streetscape has changed or stayed the same over time, practising skills in observation and developing their understanding of how to build context around a specific area.
At the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, participants take part as students in place-based activities that exemplify a best-practice approach to place-based strategies. Time is also dedicated for reflection and open discussion on the implementation of place-based strategies in the classroom.
Participants will receive a range of handouts, reading material and references to support them in implementing place-based learning strategies in the classroom.
The course includes:
Engaging students through place-based learning
- The value of using place-based learning to teach History
- Anna Cossu (Curator, Museum of Sydney): The significance of place
Planning place-based activities for the classroom
- Mapping possible applications
- Designing a place-based lesson or learning sequence
- Alignment to K-10 History syllabus
Strategies for researching places of significance and their context
- Dr Matthew Stephens (Research Librarian, Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection)
- Application to teaching programs
- Resources to support the use of place-based learning in implementing the K-10 History syllabus
History K-10 syllabus
Historical concepts and skills:
- Continuity and change
- Explanation and communication
The course reinforced the importance of place-based learning in History and gave me a range of strategies for teaching [Primary students] about place – visiting sites where ‘history happened’, interacting with colleagues and hearing from experts in heritage and education was really valuable.
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.