Related Units

Units and Topics

Learning experiences at the NSW Schoolhouse Museum support the teaching of concepts, skills and content in the History K-10 syllabus.

Activities provide enriching first-hand experiences for topics and units such as:

Stage 1

  • Present and Past Family Life
  • The Past in the Present
  • Changes over Time
  • How Times Change
  • The Way We Were
  • Families Past and Present
  • Our Families
  • Our Stories

Stage 2

  • Community and Remembrance
  • Change and Continuity: Education
  • Then, Now and Tomorrow
  • Local Community
  • Centenary of Anzac

Stage 3

  • Shaping the Colony: Education

Life Skills

  • Investigating the Past
  • Australians at War: World War 1

Stage 3

Stage 3 students can use a range of sources to investigate the role and contribution of government appointed educational boards and the introduction of  public education in shaping the colony and to the development of Australian society. 

Stages 4 and 5 Life Skills

For Stage 4 and 5 History Life Skills students, a site visit to the Schoolhouse Museum supports the topic Investigating the Past. Students can use sources to investigate the past and develop understandings about past daily life, education, clothing and technologies. Our ANZAC At School At War program develops understandings about significant events and experiences for Australians at home and at war. Download sample At School At War visit plan.

Each visit is staffed by a qualified teacher and experienced facilitators.

Students use old rubber stamps of numbers and clock faces

At School At War 

Designed for Stage 2 students, this special program recognises those who served in the First World War and the contributions of school children to the war effort. It builds understandings of the origins and significance of ANZAC Day and empathetic understanding of the impacts of war on families and the community. (It is also suitable for Stages 4 and 5 Life Skills students.)

Students step back in time to schooling between 1915 and 1918 when NSW school pupils took an active role in the First World War on the home front: sending comfort packages and messages, fundraising for French and Belgium orphans, spinning, knitting, rolling bandages and making comfort items.

Based entirely around primary sources from 1915 to 1918, including the first issue of the School Magazine, The Public Instruction Gazette, photographs and other images, students undertake a range of genuine hands-on activities in an authentic 1900s school setting. 

Visit the At School At War page for more information. Download the At School At War flier. Download sample Stage 2 At School At War visit plan.

Rolling bandages - At School At War

Special Needs Students

Groups of students with special needs are welcome. We provide a modified program to cater for their interests, needs and abilities. Minimum numbers do not apply to these groups. A portable wheelchair ramp is available.

School Anniversaries

The NSW Schoolhouse Museum has rooms representing three different periods in education: 1870s-1900s, 1910s-1940s and 1950s-1960s. You are welcome to visit as part of your school’s anniversary celebrations.

Displayed on the mantlepiece in the 1910 room is an abacus, oil lamp and a large ceramic ink bottle