Home front: wartime Sydney 1939-45

Home front: wartime Sydney 1939-45A new exhibition at the Museum of Sydney Home front: wartime Sydney 1939–45 shows how life in Sydney was transformed during wartime. This series of talks has been organised to coincide with the exhibition and will give Stage 5 History students the opportunity to meet and engage in conversation with visiting experts in the field of WWII home front history without leaving their classrooms.

Audience:
Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5) History

Online educational resource:                                                                                                                    The Historic Houses Trust NSW has developed an online educational resource to support Home front: wartime Sydney 1939-45 in collaboration with the Curriculum Learning and Innovation Centre: http://lrr.cli.det.nsw.edu.au/web/13879

Curriculum:
Home front links to Stage 5 HSIE syllabus, meeting the following outcomes:
• 5.2 assesses the impact of international events and relationships on Australia’s history.
• 5.3 explains the changing rights and freedoms of Aboriginal peoples and other groups in Australia.
• 5.5 identifies, comprehends and evaluates historical sources.
• 5.7 explains different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past.

The various talks will, according to the topic, focus on one or more of the following inquiry questions:
• What was the impact of the war on the Australian home front?
• What were some of the experiences of Australians as a result of their involvement in the war?
• How did Australia’s relationship with Britain and the USA change during WWII?

During the session students may have the opportunity to develop the following skills:
• Sequence major events.
• Explain different perspectives of individuals and groups.
• Recognise that historians may interpret events differently.
• Use and evaluate historical sources for an historical inquiry.

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