Curriculum links

The Memorial Box program has been designed to align with the History learning area of the Australian Curriculum.

At Foundation level through to Year 4, any of the six Memorial Boxes can be used to develop an understanding of the past through providing a focus for historical-based inquiries. Each Memorial Box provides an opportunity to explore key concepts such as continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy and significance as well as establish skills in historical investigation.

Senior primary and early secondary students will benefit from the source-based nature of the Memorial Boxes. The real and replica uniforms, equipment and artefacts can provide a starting point for students to develop skills in source analysis.

From Year 9 onwards, the Memorial Boxes are an ideal teaching resource for the First and Second World War depth studies. The Boxes allow students to gain a deeper historical understanding about the causes, effects and significance of these events from a range of perspectives. The hands-on resources will also advance students’ skills in interpreting and evaluating information from various sources as well as drawing conclusions about their usefulness based on their origin, purpose and context.



Year Historical Knowledge and Understanding Historical Skills
Foundation

How they, their family and friends commemorate past events that are important to them ACHHK002

How the stories of families and the past can be communicated, for example through photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media and museums ACHHK004

Distinguish between the past, present and future ACHHS016

Pose questions about the past using sources provided ACHHS017

Explore a range of sources about the past ACHHS018

Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present ACHHS019

Explore a point of view ACHHS020

Year 1

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

Differences and similarities between students’ daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods, including family traditions, leisure time and communications (ACHHK030

Distinguish between the past, present and future ACHHS032

Pose questions about the past using sources provided ACHHS033

Explore a range of sources about the past ACHHS034

Identify and compare feature of objects from the past and present ACHHS035

Explore a point of view ACHHS036

Year 2

The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past ACHHK044

The importance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial ACHHK045

The impact of changing technology on people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated, and played in the past) ACHHK046

Distinguish between the past, present and future ACHHS048

Pose questions about the past using the sources provided ACHHS049

Explore a range of sources about the past ACHHS050

Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present ACHHS051

Explore a point of view ACHHS052

Year 3

Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Harmony Week, National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC week and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems ACHHK063

Sequence historical people and events ACHHS065

Use historical terms ACHHS066

Pose a range of questions about the past ACHHS067

Identify sources ACHHS215

Locate relevant information from sources provided ACHHS068

Identify different points of view ACHHS069

Year 4  

Sequence historical people and events ACHHS081

Use historical terms ACHHS082

Pose a range of questions about the past ACHHS083

Identify sources ACHHS216

Locate relevant information from sources provided ACHHS084

Identify different points of view ACHHS085

Year 5  

Sequence historical people and events ACHHS098

Use historical terms and concepts ACHHS099

Identify questions to inform an historical inquiry ACHHS100

Identify and locate a range of relevant sources ACHHS101

Locate information related to inquiry questions in a range of sources ACHHS102

Compare information from a range of sources ACHHS103

Identify points of view in the past and present ACHHS104

Year 6

The contribution of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and migrants, to the development of Australian society, for example in areas such as the economy, education, science, the arts, sport ACHHK116

Sequence historical people and events ACHHS117

Use historical terms and concepts ACHHS118

Identify questions to inform an historical inquiry ACHHS119

Identify and locate a range of relevant sources ACHHS120

Locate information related to inquiry questions in a range of sources ACHHS121

Compare information from a range of sources ACHHS122

Identify points of view in the past and present ACHHS123

Year 7  

Sequence historical events, developments and periods ACHHS205

Use historical terms and concepts ACHHS206

Identify a range of questions about the past to inform a historical inquiry ACHHS207

Identify and locate relevant sources, using ICT and other methods ACHHS208

Identify the origin and purpose of primary and secondary sources ACHHS209

Locate, compare, select and use information from a range of sources as evidence ACHHS210

Draw conclusions about the usefulness of sources ACHHS211

Identify and describe points of view, attitudes and values in primary and secondary sources ACHHS212

Year 8  

Sequence historical events, developments and periods ACHHS148

Use historical terms and concepts ACHHS149

Identify a range of questions about the past to inform a historical inquiry ACHHS150

Identify and locate relevant sources, using ICT and other methods ACHHS151

Identify the origin and purpose of primary and secondary sources ACHHS152

Locate, compare, select and use information from a range of sources as evidence ACHHS153

Draw conclusions about the usefulness of sources ACHHS154

Identify and describe points of view, attitudes and values in primary and secondary sources ACHHS155

Year 9

Depth study:

An overview of the cause of World War I and the reasons why men enlisted to fight in the war ACDSEH021

The places where Australians fought and the nature of warfare during World War I, including the Gallipoli campaign ACDSEH095

The impact of World War I, with a particular emphasis on Australia (such as the use of propaganda to influence the civilian population, the changing role of women, the conscription debate ACDSEH096

The commemoration of World War I, including debates about the nature and significance of the Anzac legend ACDSEH097

Use chronological sequencing to demonstrate the relationship between events and developments in different periods and places ACHHS164

Use historical terms and concepts ACHHS165

Identify and select different kinds of questions about the past to inform historical inquiry ACHHS166

Evaluate and enhance these questions ACHHS167

Identify and locate relevant sources, using ICT and other methods ACHHS168

Identify the origin, purpose and context of primary and secondary sources ACHHS169

Process and synthesise information from a range of sources for use as evidence in an historical argument ACHHS170

Evaluate the reliability and usefulness of primary and secondary sources ACHHS171

Identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past ACHHS172

Identify and analyse different historical interpretations (including their own) ACHHS173

Year 10

Overview of the modern world and Australia:

The nature of the Cold War and Australia's involvement in Cold War and post-Cold War conflicts (Korea, Vietnam, The Gulf Wars, Afghanistan), including the rising influence of Asian nations since the end of the Cold War ACOKFH023

Depth study:

An overview of the cause and course of World War II ACDSEH024

An examination of significant events of World War II, including the Holocaust and use of the atomic bomb ACDSEH107

he experiences of Australians during World War II (such as Prisoners of War (POWs), the Battle of Britain, Kokoda, the Fall of Singapore) ACDSEH108

The impact of World War II, with a particular emphasis on the Australian home front, including the changing roles of women and use of wartime government controls (conscription, manpower controls, rationing and censorship) ACDSEH109

The significance of World War II to Australia’s international relationships in the twentieth century, with particular reference to the United Nations, Britain, the USA and Asia ACDSEH110

Elective:

The impact of at least one world event or development and its significance for Australia, such as the Vietnam War and Indochinese refugees ACDSEH146

Use chronological sequencing to demonstrate the relationship between events and developments in different periods and places ACHHS182

Use historical terms and concepts ACHHS183

Identify and select different kinds of questions about the past to inform historical inquiry ACHHS184

Evaluate and enhance these questions ACHHS185

Identify and locate relevant sources, using ICT and other methods ACHHS186

Identify the origin, purpose and context of primary and secondary sources ACHHS187

Process and synthesise information from a range of sources for use as evidence in an historical argument ACHHS188

Evaluate the reliability and usefulness of primary and secondary sources ACHHS189

Identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past ACHHS190

Identify and analyse different historical interpretations (including their own ACHHS191