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NSW Syllabuses

History K–10 - Early Stage 1 Personal and Family Histories


A student:

  • HTe-1

    communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others

  • HTe-2

    demonstrates developing skills of historical inquiry and communication

  • Key inquiry questions:

  • What is my history and how do I know?
  • What stories do other people tell about the past?
  • How can stories of the past be told and shared?
  • Historical concepts and skills

  • The historical concepts and skills to be taught throughout Early Stage 1 are listed in the Overview of Teaching and Learning.
  • Content

  • Who the people in their family are, where they were born and raised and how they are related to each other (ACHHK001)
  • How the stories of families and the past can be communicated, for example through photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media and museums (ACHHK004)
  • Students:
  • identify people in their immediate families and show relationships between family members
  • discuss where members of their families were born and locate countries of origin of students' families in the class
  • use a variety of sources including photographs or a treasured object from their homes, to recount stories about their families and discuss how sources are used to answer the question 'How do we know?' PSCICTL
  • discuss the significance of the chosen treasured object or photograph (it may be important or significant to themselves but not to others) PSC
  • pose questions about another's object or photograph L
  • discuss then and now; past and present L
  • identify and sequence stages in their lifetime N
  • recognise that stories of the past may differ depending on who tells the story, eg stories of their childhood told by themselves and another member of the family
  • The different structures of families and family groups today, and what they have in common (ACHHK002)
  • Students:
  • identify and record similarities and differences between families, eg the number of children in the family, family languages spoken at home, number of adults in the immediate family DD
  • compare and contrast various family groups through photographs and stories and identify differences between past and present CCT
  • engage in and respond to stories about families in other places, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups AHCIU
  • How they, their family and friends commemorate past events that are important to them (ACHHK003)
  • Students:
  • share experiences of family, school and local events that are celebrated or observed CCPSC
  • identify and record a variety of holidays and special events observed in Australia and other countries, eg birthdays, anniversaries and festivals. Consider the significance of these dates IU