The primary education program at McCrae Homestead investigates content, concepts and skills from the History, Civics and Citizenship and Design and Technologies curriculum as well as promoting social and emotional capabilities and critical and creative thinking through addressing the key inquiry question:
What differences and similarities can be observed between the past and today at McCrae Homestead?
Students will engage with the curriculum through four activities during the excursion program, supported by additional activities supplied in the Teacher Resource pack which can be completed before and after the visit. The four excursion activities are interrelated, and summaries are presented below.
Activity 1: House tour
Students are taken on a specially designed tour of McCrae Homestead that aligns with the touchpoints of entertainment, technology, and family.
Activity 2: First Nations History
Guided by a facilitator students will explore the garden and learn about Bunurong traditional stories such as Bunjil’s law as well as visiting a Willum on the property.
Activity 3: Old fashioned games and servants’ tasks
To explore differences and similarities between students’ daily lives and those of the past, students will attempt the washing and sweeping in the traditional way. Old fashioned games include skipping ropes, quoits, and sack races, which introduce students to the experiences of children in the past from all social classes.
Activity 4: Making butter
Students will learn how butter was made in the 1800s using a butter churn, participating in making butter that they can take home.