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Primary School Programs

Hurstville Museum & Gallery offers a range of syllabus-linked educational programs and outreach kits for primary students.

More information about our programs can be found in the Teacher's Information Pack.

If you would like to keep up to date with our current education programs, please email with the subject line ‘Education Mailing List’ to subscribe to our mailing list. 



All of our excursion programs have a strong focus on historical and geographical skills inquiry and are designed to meet the outcomes within the NSW History and Geography Syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum. You can also view our digitised collections online as a pre or post museum visit activity. 

  • 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.
  • 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:

    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 industries in the area, how they affected 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. 

Museum on the Move kits

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.

It is the responsibility of the hirer to collect the Museum on the Move kit/s from Hurstville Museum & Gallery and return the kits within the four week loan period. For more information and hire costs, please contact the Museum & Gallery on 9330 6444 or by email

Available kits include:

  • Early Stage 1, Stage 1 and Stage 2: Migration stories

    This kit centres around the migration story of a family from Nepal. The lessons and provided resources have been chosen to assist students to engage with history, reflect on the lives of the people in their community and to communicate their learning.

    This kit is divided into three stages and can be used as a whole school resource for Early Stage 1, Stage 1 and Stage 2. All elements of the kit link directly with each Stage’s Syllabus outcomes in the key learning areas of HSIE and English. Stages ES1 and 1 also provide outcomes for Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

    What’s included:

    • Easy to follow teacher’s manual with suggested lesson plan and templates for each stage.
    • USB with storybook and templates.
    • Hurstville Museum & Gallery storybook for each stage.
    • Historical sources such as newspaper articles, genuine and replica museum objects.


  • Stage 1: Keep in touch: Communication

    Through investigation and reflection students will consider how changing technology impacts upon people’s lives. Students examine historical objects, photographs, replicas and working models to understand the chronological sequencing of events which have led to understanding modern communication methods. The kit comes equipped for students to create messages using a variety of communication forms and mediums, including Morse code, braille, Auslan and emojis.

    The kit is tailored to the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, specifically designed for Stage 1 HSIE.

    What’s included:

    • Easy to follow teacher’s manual with suggested lesson plan and templates.
    • USB with historical photographs of the Georges River area and templates.
    • Printed historical photographs of the Georges River area.
    • Historical sources such as newspaper articles, replica letters and stamps and museum objects.

  • Stage 1: The past in the present

    This kit offers students a better understanding of the history of specific sites in the St George area, focusing on the importance/significance of war memorials. Students will be introduced to the idea of memorials and commemorative sites, and will begin to develop an understanding of their significance in the community through viewing and reviewing sources, sequencing events and historical enquiry.

    Students will develop historical understanding through key concepts including sources, continuity and change, cause and effect, empathy and significance.

    The kit is tailored to the NSW Syllabus for the Australian curriculum, specifically designed for Stage 1 HSIE.

    What's included: 

    •    Easy to follow teacher’s manual with suggested lesson plan and templates
    •    USB with Georges River Council Local Studies collection photographs and templates
    •    Historical photographs of the Georges River area 
    •    Maps and historical sources such as newspaper articles and oral histories
    •    Dress-up period costumes for children. 

  • Stage 2: Community and Remembrance
    This kit offers schools the opportunity to look at the change and continuity of the local area through a series of site comparisons. Utilising the Georges River Council Local Studies collection, historical sources and objects, students and teachers investigate the impact of settlement patterns, urban development and technological advancements on the geographical, social and cultural characteristic of the local area.

    The kit is tailored to the NSW Syllabus for the Australian curriculum, specifically designed for Stage 2 HSIE.

    What's included: 
    •    Easy to follow teacher’s manual with suggested lesson plan and templates
    •    USB with Georges River Council Local Studies collection photographs, templates and maps
    •    Genuine and replica museum objects
    •    Historical photographs of the Georges River area 
    •    Dress-up period costumes for children.

Classroom resources

Access these free, easy to use resources can be used in the classroom for extended learning as a pre or post-visit activity or as a lesson on their own.

  • Stages 1 & 2: Exploring historical households
    Exploring sources

    Learn about observational skills and primary sources and where to look for more information with the facts you find around your home. Aimed at primary school students, Stages 1 & 2.
  • Stages 1 - 3: Anzac Education
    Anzac education

    Start a conversation about Anzac Day at home, using items from Hurstville Museum & Gallery's online collection. Activities for primary school students in Years 1 - 6.
  • Stage 3 & 5: Our Journeys | Our Stories and Online
    A range of educational resources have been developed for the Our Journeys | Our Stories exhibition. The resources are designed for Early Childhood to High School educators.

    Educators and carers can download these resources to use as a class or for individual students. These resources encourage students to further explore the experiences of Chinese migrants from the 1800s to the present day, particularly focusing on stories from the St George area.

    These resources can be viewed on the Our Journeys | Our Stories webpage.

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