Primary School Programs

Our primary school programs provide students with a hands-on learning experience. All of our programs are designed to meet the outcomes of the new HSIE Syllabus and have a strong focus on historical inquiry. 

For more information on Primary School Programs, please contact the Museum & Gallery on 9330 6444 or by email

School days

A teachers guide has been created for our current Main Gallery exhibition School days.

Download the guide here.

Continuity and Change

These programs explore the way life in the St George area has changed over time. Students compare their own lives at home and at school, with the lives of children in the past. Historical objects and photos bring the past to life, encouraging inquiry and comparison.

These programs are Museum educator led and schools can tailor-make their Continuity and Change program by selecting 2 – 3 of their preferred modules. The modules include:

Home Sweet Home (30 minutes)

Students compare what life was like at home for children in the past, without electricity, running water and modern appliances. Includes object handling and activity worksheets. Recommended for Stage 1 - 3.

Slates and School Bells (30 minutes)

A presentation and interactive session using historical photographs to compare school life in the present and the past. Includes object handling. Recommended for Stage 1 - 2.

Old Fashioned Games (30 minutes)

Students explore a range of handmade or recycled toys and games from the past, contemplating the concept of ‘making do.' Includes time to play a variety of games. Recommended for Stage 1 - 2.

Museum Treasures (30 minutes)

Students view and handle objects from the collections to learn about the use of sources and consider their significance. Includes object analysis worksheets. Recommended for Stage 1-3.

St George Stories Exhibition Trail

The St George Stories: people - places – community exhibition explores the history of the St George area through photographs, objects and personal stories. This exhibition highlights the individuals, communities and cultural groups who have shaped this region. 

The St George Stories trail is a self-guided module that includes a pre-kit of exhibition information to discuss as a class before the excursion to the Museum and a brief interactive tour of the exhibition. Students and teachers work together to follow the trail, with an in-depth worksheet for self-guided learning. The exhibition also includes a multimedia display with further sources, as well as historical objects that can be handled. 

Recommended group size is 25 students per module.

The modules include:

Aboriginal perspective (40 minutes)

An interactive trail of the exhibition with a focus on the Aboriginal community of the Local area. Students learn about the strong connection to the land and its importance through objects, orals histories and images. Worksheet included

Early settlers and migrants (40 minutes)

Students learn about the early settlers to the area, the naming and changing of the landscape as well as the influence of migrant communities to the local area. Worksheet included.

The local community (40 minutes)

Students learn about the early industry in the area, how it affect the way people lived, travelled and worked and how this has changed and evolved over time. Worksheet included.

MacMahon Street Walking tour (40 minutes)

A tour down MacMahon Street, where a blend of old and new buildings can still
be seen. The tour includes historic photographs.

Recommended for late Stage 2 and Stage 3. 

Anzac Education

The Anzac Education program explores the experiences of Australian servicemen and women during the First World War, and promotes a greater understanding of our Anzac legacy.

These Anzac Education programs are Museum educator led and  include seven modules, which all focus on analysing and interpreting primary and secondary sources. Schools select their preferred modules to tailor-make an Anzac Education program that best suits their needs. Each module includes relevant pre-visit and post-visit resources, activities and support.

The modules include:

  1. Deception and disguise (30 minutes) Stage 1-5
  2. Training day (30 minutes) Stage 1-3
  3. Postcards from the front (30 minutes) Stage 1-5
  4. What they left behind (30 minutes)Stage 1-5
  5. Remembering them (30 minutes)Stage 3-5
  6. Veteran voices (30 minutes)Stage 1-5
  7. Oral history workshop (90 minutes)
The structure and content of each module is progressive and designed to adapt to the requirements of different learning stages. Curriculum outcomes focus on developing historical skills and inquiry.

Learn more on our Anzac Education program including module summaries and further curriculum outcomes.

Museum on the Move

Museum on the Move outreach kits can be used as a stand-alone classroom activity or in conjunction with  a visit to Hurstville Museum & Gallery.

The kits enhance students' experience of history through active study and interaction with high quality museum artefacts and replicas. 

For more information on these kits, visit our Museum on the Move page.


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