NSW Australian curriculum: History

Jacaranda will be publishing new editions of Jacaranda Retroactive 1 and 2 for the NSW Australian curriculum in 2017 for use in 2018. Available in print and a brand new digital format, the new edition comprehensively covers the NSW Australian curriculum.

Trusted History content delivered in new and better ways

Combining quality content, a “learning made visible” framework and an exciting new platform, Jacaranda provides new and better ways to dramatically improve teaching and learning. To meet the needs of all schools, the updated Jacaranda Retroactive series will be available in print and digital formats.

Jacaranda is introducing a brand new eBook powered by learnON, the immersive digital learning platform that replaces eBookPLUS in 2018. learnON transforms trusted Jacaranda content to make learning more visible, personalised and social. For teachers, learnON includes additional teacher resources such as quarantined questions and answers, curriculum grids and work programs—no separate eGuide purchase is required.

For customers not ready to make the transition to digital-only learning, the Jacaranda Retroactive series will be available as a familiar print textbook. The print editions also include an activation code for learnON so schools can take advantage of the benefits of both formats, and see how learnON makes it easy to start or progress their digital teaching and learning journey.

To complement the Retroactive series, myWorld History Atlas is available for Years 7-10.

Content highlights

The updated Jacaranda Retroactive series provides 100% coverage of the NSW History 7-10 Syllabus.

Structured topics


Topics are organised around syllabus content, then structured into subtopics that present sections of content to suit classroom teaching practice

Historical sources


A focus on historical sources, with accompanying activities, target students’ understanding and application of historical skills and concepts

Activity banks


Each subtopic ends with an activity bank to further apply students knowledge, skills and concepts as required by the curriculum

Integrated History skills


Skillbuilders embedded within topics to  help students develop confidence in working with historical sources.

End-of-topic reviews


Review sections allow teachers to check students’ understanding of topics and their ability to apply historical skills and concepts

An immersive experience


Reading content with integrated media provides a dynamic and uninterrupted learning experience

Platform highlights

Starting in 2018, all core curriculum titles for the NSW Australian curriculum in Years 7-10 will be delivered by learnON, the new immersive digital learning platform from Jacaranda that replaces eBookPLUS in 2018.

Jacaranda learnON transforms trusted Jacaranda content to make learning more visible, personalised and social. It has been developed to achieve the highest level of digital sophistication, while supporting a wide range of users from the digital novice to the digital expert. That’s why every title delivered by learnON comes with printables (PDFs) of the reading content and activities, as well as the opportunity for teachers to unlock premium features for their classes.*

All Jacaranda Retroactive titles powered by learnON comes with these powerful features out-of-the-box:

Everything in the one place, from theory to media, questions, answers and more, creates a seamless learning experience

Videos and interactivities embedded within the reading content, at the point of learning, support and enhance learning

Students gain visibility into their own performance via a user-friendly dashboard and on-demand reports

Customisation features such as highlighting, notes and favourites personalise the learning experience

Students receive immediate feedback via worked solutions and questions that are automatically marked

Teachers gain visibility into student performance with continual access to all students’ activities and results

Premium feature

Teachers can intervene at the right time by providing immediate and personalised feedback to students

Premium feature

Collaboration enables a virtual classroom experience as students are connected to their teacher and peers

Premium feature

Premium customisation enables teachers to upload their own resources, create and assign assessments, and more

Premium feature

*Premium features require certification by individual teachers. Certification (coming September 2017) will count towards Professional Development accreditation hours.

Learning made visible with learnON

All titles delivered by learnON align with the Jacaranda “learning made visible” framework.

This evidence-based pedagogical framework has been carefully constructed to make learning visible to students, teachers, schools and parents. At Jacaranda, we believe that making learning visible ensures that no student is left behind and no student is held back.

All Jacaranda Retroactive titles delivered by learnON provide:

Diagnosis – pre-test (for)

learnON includes a pre-test to determine students’ proficiency before they begin a new topic of study

Learning goals

Taken directly from the curriculum, learnON includes clear goals outlining what students will learn in each topic

Practice (as)

learnON enables practice through the completion of questions and particular activities, directly in the learnON platform

Rich instruction

learnON includes theories, worked examples, videos, interactivities, discussions, activities, group work, investigations, practical tasks and more


In learnON, students receive feedback from a number of sources including the platform (via worked solutions and auto-marked questions), their teacher or peers


With visibility of students’ results, teachers can easily identify less abled and/or weak performing students in learnON and provide remedial exercises

Acceleration (Vertical)

Teachers can accelerate students in learnON, assigning work beyond the level they are enrolled in (for example, giving a Year 7 student Year 8 work)

Extension (Horizontal)

learnON enables teachers to extend individuals or groups of students, providing work beyond the curriculum, including their own material


learnON provides opportunities for offline and online collaboration, from the entire title level down to the subtopic and even specific content level

End of topic formal test (of)

Teachers can use the quarantined topic tests in learnON as summative assessments, to be completed online or used as offline printable tests

Evaluation – post-test (of)

Used in conjunction with the pre-test, learnON includes a post-test to measure students’ achievement and improvement through the topic

Want to demo the learnON platform for History?

Available titles

  • learnON

    Title: Jacaranda Retroactive 1 Stage 4 NSW Ac 2E learnON
    ISBN: 9780730347996
    Author(s): Anderson, Keese and Low
    Publish date: November 2017
    RRP: $69.95
    Year: 7-8
    Delivery: Activation code

  • learnON + Print

    Title: Jacaranda Retroactive 1 Stage 4 NSW Ac 2E learnON & Print
    ISBN: 9780730348009
    Author(s): Anderson, Keese and Low
    Publish date: November 2017
    RRP: $95.95
    Year: 7-8
    Delivery: Student text including learnON

  • Table of Contents

    Jacaranda Retroactive 1 Stage 4 NSW Ac 2E
    Topic 1: Investigating the ancient past Topic overview 2: The ancient to the modern world
    Topic overview 1: The ancient world Topic 4a: The Vikings
    Topic 2a: Ancient Egypt Topic 4b: Medieval Europe
    Topic 2b: Ancient Greece Topic 4c: The Ottoman Empire
    Topic 2c: Ancient Rome Topic 4d: Renaissance Italy
    Topic 3a: Ancient India Topic 5a: The Angkor/Khmer empire
    Topic 3b: Early Imperial China Topic 5b: Japan under the Shoguns
    Topic 5c: The Polynesian expansion across the Pacific
    Topic 6a: Mongol expansion
    Topic 6b: The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa
    Topic 6c: The Spanish conquest of the Americas
    Topic 6d:  Aboriginal and indigenous peoples, colonisation and contact history

  • learnON

    Title: Jacaranda Retroactive 2 Stage 5 NSW Ac 2E learnON
    ISBN: 9780730347743
    Author(s): Anderson, Keese, Low, Harvey and Hoepper
    Publish date: November 2017
    RRP: $69.95
    Year: 9-10
    Delivery: Activation code

  • learnON + Print

    Title: Jacaranda Retroactive 2 Stage 5 NSW Ac 2E learnON & Print
    ISBN: 9780730347705
    Author(s): Anderson, Keese, Low, Harvey and Hoepper
    Publish date: November 2017
    RRP: $95.95
    Year: 9-10
    Delivery: Student text including learnON

  • Table of Contents

    Jacaranda Retroactive 2 Stage 5 NSW Ac 2E
    Topic overview 1: The making of the modern world Topic overview 2: The modern world and Australia
    Topic 1a: The Industrial Revolution Topic 4a: Rights and freedoms
    Topic 1b: Movement of peoples Topic 5a: Popular culture
    Topic 1c: Progressive ideas and movements Topic 5b: The environment movement
    Topic 2a: Making a nation Topic 5c: Migration experiences
    Topic 2b: China and the world Topic 6a: The Holocaust
    Topic 3a: World War I Topic 6b: Australia in the Vietnam War era
    Topic 3b: World War II


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See the new Jacaranda Retroactive in action

 Click the buttons on the menu to cycle through each feature:

Embedded videos

Videos are embedded at the point of learning to allow students to gain an overview of each topic

Integrated interactivities

Interactivities are embedded at the point of learning to enhance student engagement

Exemplary responses

Exemplary responses supplied for every question – which appear on the same screen as the question and student response – enable students to immediately identify errors and assists those who get ‘stuck’


Auto-marking of selected questions means students receive immediate feedback, their progress is tracked and teachers save a considerable amount of time

Built-in workboard

A workboard is available within selected activities, allowing students to explain or sketch their ideas


Collaboration, comment and discussion features are built in to facilitate discussion and debate, allowing students to post questions and responses to fellow students and teachers


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Interactive History atlas for Years 7-10

myWorld History Atlas is a unique digital atlas that brings to life the content of the printed Jacaranda World History Atlas.


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