John & Elsie Curtin with
daughter Elsie and son John, Cottesloe 25 January 1942.
Records of the Curtin family JCPML00381/29
This course has been written to meet the requirements of the Australian
Skills are gained through historical inquiry of the development of Australia as a nation particularly in the
The course is developed to suit students at Year 6 level.
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OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM - source ACARA Australian Curriculum History v
Using the Curtin Family Home* in Jarrad
Street Cottesloe, the Curtin family and the context of the suburb of Cottesloe students will be able to study
change in Western Australian urban society from the 1910s to the late 1950s. They will also be able to
investigate the impact of significant individuals on Australian society. This programme covers the following
significance of the leadership and policies of John Curtin
Social and economic
change in suburban Western Australia during the 1910s to the late 1930s
Life in Western
Australia during World War II from 1939 to 1945
Some impacts of
World War II on Australian society.
*Note: The Curtin Family Home is
only open to the public for one month each year. Contact the National Trust of Australia (WA) for information:
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 08 9321 6088 (office hours)
The content provides opportunities to
develop historical understanding through key concepts including sources, continuity and change, cause and effect,
perspectives, empathy and significance.
concepts will be investigated within the historical context of and will
provide a focus for historical inquiries.
The two strands of Historical Skills
and Historical Knowledge and Understanding are interrelated and should be taught in an integrated way. Teacher
resources provided in this program will outline the Australian Curriculum links to all suggested student
Students will use the following
KEY INQUIRY QUESTIONS to
How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth
What contribution have significant individuals and groups
made to the development of Australian society?
Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come?
This program allows students to
develop historical skills through key concepts appropriate to their age and ability.
historical people and events
terms and concepts
questions to inform an historical Inquiry
locate a range of relevant sources
information related to inquiry questions in a range of sources
information from a range of sources
of view in the past and present
historical texts, particularly narratives and descriptions, which incorporate source
Use a range of
communication forms (oral, graphic, written) and digital technologies
Each section notes the relevant General Capabilities (GC), Cross curriculum priorities (CCP) and links to other
Learning Areas (OLA)
Source: ACARA Australian Curriculum: History v.3