State Library of South Australia

Early Learning | reception to year 2

Designed for students in reception to year 2

Learning programs at the State Library are designed to be linked to key learning outcomes and complement the current Australian Curriculum. These programs have been created to connect learners with the rich history, collections, spaces and exhibitions of the State Library of South Australia.

Students will discover the stories of South Australia and the role of the State Library in collecting, preserving and sharing the history of South Australia and develop important life skills or research, inquiry and analysis techniques using a variety of sources.

Learning opportunities on offer

Items from the State Library of South Australias Childrens Literature Research Collection

A Playful Past : Self-guided Experience - part of the Dream Big Festival [opportunity 2]

Time: 10am to 10.45am

Location: Meet in the forecourt near the fountain

Note: Bookings essential

The State Library of S.A.'s Ambassadors provide booked classes with orientation to the State Library's Exhibition Play: Objects of play from the State Library of South Australia's collections, (opening 10 February 2017) and Treasures Wall space.

This program will be part of the Dream Big celebration in May 2017.

Suitability: years 2 to 7
Cost: Free
Duration: 45 minutes
Days: Monday|Wednesday|Thursday
Capacity: Class of 30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: SLSA Ambassadors

Students engaging in Community Learning programs at the State Library

My History [opportunity 2]

Time: 10am to 2pm

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Free, bookings essential

My History is a program that engages learners in examining their personal and family history. This program is facilitated by a Community Learning Educator.

Suitability: years Reception to 2
2 hours
Monday - Friday (morning or afternoon sessions)
Class of 30 students maximum
Education officer

Picture of the State Library of South Australia buildings

Welcome to YOUR State Library [opportunity 3]

Location: Meet in the State Library forecourt

Note: Free, bookings essential

A Guided Experience Orientation to the State Library for student groups. Facilitated by experienced State Library volunteers.

Suitability: years Reception to 7
Cost: Free
Duration: 75 minutes. 10am & 12 noon
Capacity: class of 30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:6
Days: Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday
Facilitator: Experienced Community Learning Volunteer

Learning opportunities explained

Each learning opportunity offered, stands alone. We are offering several different opportunities but they are not a series.

  • Opportunity 1: Introduces groups of students to a range of State Library resources with a focus on specific curriculum subjects.
  • Opportunity 2: Designed to engage learners with the roles, stories and collections of the State Library. These programs are aligned to ACARA and the Teaching for Effective Learning Framework.
  • Opportunity 3: Guided experiences are designed to introduce groups of students to specific aspects throughout the library.
  • Opportunity 4: Unlock the past and discover the future with one of the State Library of South Australia's new Digital literacy programs

Prepare for your visit

Tips for students and teachers visiting the library

Adult to student ratio required for groups

Secondary students




Primary students




Early years




What to bring

Bring all food and drink in a group crate.

Medication may be carried by the adult supervisor in a backpack.

School bags

Preferred option is to leave school bags at school.

If it is necessary for students to bring their bags they will be required to leave these with Security staff for the duration of their program.

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