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NSW Syllabuses

History K–10 - Stage 1 Present and Past Family Life


A student:

  • HT1-1

    communicates an understanding of change and continuity in family life using appropriate historical terms

  • HT1-4

    demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

  • Key inquiry questions:

  • How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
  • How can we show that the present is different from or similar to the past?
  • How do we describe the sequence of time?
  • Historical concepts and skills

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

  • Differences in family structures and roles today, and how these have changed or remained the same over time (ACHHK028)
  • Differences and similarities between students' daily lives and life during their parents' and grandparents' childhoods, including family traditions, leisure time and communications (ACHHK030)
  • Students:
  • represent graphically the structure of their immediate family DD
  • compare and contrast their immediate family with earlier families through photographs and other sources, discussing similarities and differences CCT
  • investigate the roles of present family members and compare with the roles of earlier generations using a range of sources CCTWEDD
  • discuss similarities and differences from generation to generation, eg family celebrations and traditions, leisure activities and changes in technology/communications over time through a range of sources ICT
  • compare and contrast daily life with that of parents and grandparents at the same age through stories or photographs and pose questions to ask parents/grandparents
  • How the present, past and future are signified by terms indicating time such as 'a long time ago', 'then and now', 'now and then', 'old and new', 'tomorrow', as well as by dates and changes that may have personal significance, such as birthdays, celebrations and seasons (ACHHK029)
  • Students:
  • sequence days of the week, months and seasons of the year N
  • identify days, holidays, events celebrated by students and their families and discuss cultural differences in days celebrated AIUAHC
  • define and use terms relating to time, sequencing objects or photographs from the past, eg then and now, past and present, a long time ago AHCL