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Curriculum projects

Centenary of Federation Drama Play Kit
HistorySmiths was proud to be the recipient of a first round grant from the National Council for the Centenary of Federation’s History and Education Program. Our project was a Centenary Drama Play Kit, and HistorySmiths’ acclaimed curriculum writers Barbara Pertzel and Fiona Walters developed a kit that was designed for use in schools or by the wider public.

The Centenary Drama Play Kit can be performed by school students in class or as a school to the school community or wider public. The kit provides an exciting narrative that leads its protagonists through an exploration of key historical events in Australia’s history during the 100 years since Federation. Several characters from different eras representing different themes in Australia’s history are brought together through time travel.

Other participants can act out scenes based on specific events surrounding the central characters. The Play Kit is ready for use by teachers and students and is distributed free via the World Wide Web.

Join time travellers Ginger and Felix as Charles Kingsford Smith guides them through the 100 years of Australia’s history since Federation.

Federation Documents Online Resources
HistorySmiths also received a second round grant from the National Council for the Centenary of Federation’s History and Education Program. In conjunction with the State Library of Victoria, HistorySmiths prepared resource materials for secondary teachers and students studying the Centenary of Federation.

Discovering Democracy, Melbourne: Curriculum Corporation.
Barbara Pertzel and Fiona Walters have each contributed curriculum units to this Australia-wide project to fulfil the Federal Government’s Civics Education program. This high-profile, national undertaking was introduced into all schools in 1999, integrating the use of interactive multimedia with creative curriculum materials.

“I think the greatest accolade came from one student who said ‘I didn’t know anything about monarchs and government and now I know heaps!’”
“the students were enthused by the topic… the activities were extremely effective”

Feedback from teachers involved in the Discovering Democracy school trial

First Families 2001, Melbourne: State Library of Victoria, 1997.
Created by Barbara Pertzel and Fiona Walters, First Families 2001 is a comprehensive package of school activities and materials to prompt students to gather family history information within the parameters of the Curriculum Standards Frameworks. Published and available to teachers on the Internet, the curriculum units contributed an important part of a project that encouraged broad community participation to build a huge database of genealogical information published on CD ROM in the year 2001 by the State Library of Victoria.

“What an amazing product! Well done. I have gone through the project book and the resource book - FANTASTIC!!!”
“The books look great! They are easy to follow, comprise really interesting units and contain enough activities to last a year.”

Feedback from teachers involved in the First Families 2001 school pilot