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Excursion Summary

Duration: 
1.5 hours

on demand

Discover the amazing stories behind some of Australia’s most iconic and quirky collection items and gain another view of the country’s rich history and culture. Sharpen your students' source analysis skills with a close-up look at some iconic and quirky collection items from Australia's oldest library. You will record your answers on a cardboard brick, which you can then use to reconstruct the Mitchell building. Source analysis has never been so much fun.

In this 1 hour program students will:

  • view primary sources from the State Library collection 
  • develop their source analysis skills
  • record their responses in a unique format

Curriculum Outcomes

History:

  • HT2-3 describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
  • HT2-4 describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
  • HT2-5 applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

English:

  • EN2-4A uses an increasing range of skills, strategies and knowledge to fluently read, view and comprehend a range of texts on increasingly challenging topics in different media and technologies
  • EN2-2A plans, composes and reviews a range of texts that are more demanding in terms of topic, audience and language

History:

  • HT3-1 describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia
  • HT3-2 describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia
  • HT3-3 identifies change and continuity and describes the causes and effects of change on Australian society
  • HT3-5 applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication

English:

  • EN3-1A communicates effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes using increasingly challenging topics, ideas, issues and language forms and features
  • EN3-3A uses an integrated range of skills, strategies and knowledge to read, view and comprehend a wide range of texts in different media and technologies

 

Booking Details

Cost

$200 for groups up to 15 and $325 for groups of 16 – 30.

Availability

Monday - Friday during term time

Duration

90 minutes

Minimum Supervision Ratio

Kindergarten – Year 2 - 1 adult per 5 students
Year 3 – Year 6 - 1 adult per 10 students
Secondary students - 1 adult per 20 students

Bookings are essential, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Email learning.library@sl.nsw.gov.au or phone 9273 1778.

Helpful hints to enjoy your excursion

These guidelines have been developed to assist students and teachers visiting the State Library of NSW to comply with the Department of Education risk assessment guidelines for excursions.

Bus Subsidy

The State Library of NSW offers to provide K-12 school students from DET schools in the Greater Sydney region, access to FREE bus travel to visit the State Library of NSW to participate in our onsite learning programs.