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Museums in a Box

Wanneroo Regional Museum also offer a range of outreach resources for local schools and early learning centres to borrow free of charge. These Museums in a Box can be used as a wonderful extension to your museum visit, enable stand-alone lessons or provide intriguing, tangible artefacts which will add to students’ learning experience.

ANZAC Museum in a Box

Museum artifacts representing Anzac Day

The  ANZAC Museum boxes have been designed for learning through discovery and observation. The suite of activities provided form a very unique education program closely linked to the Australian Curriculum.

Four individual boxes are available which tell the story of some of the people and organisations connected to the history of Wanneroo. They have been designed for schools to borrow, and contain a Teacher’s Guide, ‘hands-on’ objects such as uniforms, artillery casings, music and object cards and various interpretation activities.

The boxes are ideal not only for ANZAC related topics, but also in investigating ‘then and now’, in exploring the authentic use of text types such as letters and diaries, and in photographic interpretation.

Box 1: Richard Smales, a young soldier who died on the Somme. 
Box 2: Vincent Berriman, a soldier who was fortunate enough to return home. 
Box 3: AANS Nurse, Sister Anne Donnell who served on the Western Front and Lemnos.
Box 4: The role of the Red Cross on the home front.

Borrowing time: four weeks 
Cost: Free 

Information and bookings:

You can now book online by clicking below:

Heritage Education
Tel: (08) 9405 5905
Email: museum@wanneroo.wa.gov.au

Noongar Museum in a Box - (Early childhood pre-school to Year 1/2)

Noongar items for Museum in a Box

Designed in close consultation with local Aboriginal educators, these resource kits support children’s emerging understanding of contemporary Aboriginal cultures and history with a particular focus on local Noongar culture. The materials are intended for young children and are very tactile and multi-sensory.

The teacher’s guides are jam-packed with activity suggestions to incorporate in everyday teaching. They contain background information on each topic, cultural protocols and suggestions to improve teachers’ cultural competence and confidence in incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in program delivery for the Early Years Learning Framework and the (Western) Australian Curriculum.

Introductions (3 available)

Major themes: introduction to the length and breadth of Aboriginal cultures and histories; flag symbols; introduction to Noongar Country and language; introduction to Nyitting (Dreaming).

Resources include: 

  • books and children’s stories in Noongar and English
  • puppets
  • maps (Aboriginal Australia, Noongar Boodjar; Mooro Country) and national flags
  • music CDs and Waabiny Time DVD (playschool Noongar style)
  • artefacts: kylie (boomerang) and tapping sticks
  • waitj (emu) feathers and eggs; yongka (kangaroo) skin
  • nursery rhymes in Noongar
  • USB of additional resources

Connected to Country (3 available) 

Major themes: introduction to traditional Noongar lifestyle; connection and care for Country; food gathering and hunting; family roles; housing; Noongar six seasons.

Resources include: 

  • books and children’s stories in Noongar and English
  • artefacts: kylie (boomerang); wanna (digging sticks); tapping sticks 
  • puppets and animal track stamps
  • Where is my home? Local animal identification game using large magnetic map (incorporates use of Noongar language)
  • animal track stamps: yongka (kangaroo), waitj (emu) and nyingarn (echidna) 
  • waitj (emu) feathers and eggs
  • yongka (kangaroo) skin and scat
  • local plant leaves, bark, nuts and seeds; grinding stones and Noongar plant use guides
  • Noongar six seasons cards
  • mia mia hut model 
  • USB of additional resources

Borrowing time: four weeks 
Cost: Free

Information and bookings

You can now book online by clicking below:

Heritage Education
Tel: (08) 9405 5905
Email: museum@wanneroo.wa.gov.au

Schooling in Wanneroo loan box

School items for Museum in  a Box

Take students on a journey to school in yesteryear! The Old Wanneroo Schoolhouse was first opened in 1899 and closed in 1959. This resource contains fascinating excerpts of teachers’ journals over that time, as well as old school books, school stationery, magazines, school photographs and a set of nib pens for students to try out in class.

This is a wonderful resource for students to compare school life from the past to the present.

Borrowing time (1 available): 4 weeks
Cost: Free

Information and bookings

You can now book online by clicking below:

Heritage Education
Tel: (08) 9405 5905
Email: museum@wanneroo.wa.gov.au

Technology Mystery box

Historic items

How has technology changed over time? These resource kits provide a tangible way of exploring this question. Each contains eight objects which are intriguing examples of common household items, such as gramaphone needles, a record, an old typewriter, a metal hot water bottle, a telegram, and more. Conducting historical enquiry through object investigation is a wonderful way of engaging children’s curiosity and interest about the past. 

A teacher's guide to Historical Enquiry through Object Investigation is included, along with a description of each object and its historical context.

Borrowing time (2 available): 4 weeks
Cost: Free

Information and bookings

You can now book online by clicking below:

Heritage Education
Tel: (08) 9405 5905
Email: museum@wanneroo.wa.gov.au