Teaching Primary History Through Museums

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
Early bird: $150
Standard: $175
Pre-service and casual teachers: $135
Thursday 6 September 2018
9am - 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 museum-based learning strategies.

To gain insights into the different ways museums help us to understand the past, participants visit three museums: Susannah Place Museum, the Museum of Sydney and the Justice & Police Museum. Curators explain how historical significance is interpreted in museum displays and exhibitions and how participants can integrate similar strategies into the classroom context.  

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

The course includes:

Susannah Place Museum

  • Tour and discussion

Museum of Sydney

  • Curator-led tour and discussion
  • Understanding an exhibition
  • How to view and evaluate an exhibition

Justice & Police Museum

  • Curator-led tour and discussion
  • Planning a museum exhibition in the classroom

The value of museums for K-6 learners

  • What does the research show?
  • Making the most of your museum visit
  • Resources to support the use of museum-based learning in implementing the K-10 History syllabus

Curriculum links:

History K-10 syllabus

Historical concepts and skills:

  • Analysis and use of sources
  • Significance
  • Perspectives and interpretations
  • Explanation and communication


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.

Your day will continue with a walk to Museum of Sydney and finishing at Justice & Police Museum.

For further information about the program itself, please contact SLM Learning by email: learningteam@slm.com.au

Meeting point

Susannah Place

58–64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000

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