State Library of South Australia

Primary | year 3 to 7

Designed for students in primary school

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 [opportunity 2]

Time: 10am to 12.30

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Bookings essential

Play is an important part of all our lives but what is play and why do people play? How can playing games help us to time travel into our past?

Suitability: years 4 - 7
Cost: Free
Duration: 2 hours (Arrive 10am for 10.30 start)
Days: Monday - Friday (excluding school and public holidays)
Capacity: Class of 30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Education Officer

Noahs Ark Vojtech Kubasta Childrens Literature Research Collection State Library of South Australia

A Theatre Inside the Book [opportunity 2]

Time: 10am for 10.30 to 1.30pm for 2pm

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Bookings essential

A Theatre Inside the Book explores the art of paper engineering and the different mechanisms designed to create movement in texts. This program is facilitated by a Community Learning Educator.

Suitability: years 4 to 7
Cost: free
Duration: 3 hours (arrive 10am for 10.30 start. Includes half hour for lunch)
Days: Monday - Friday
Capacity: Class of 30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Education officer

Cooee cobber promotional poster for enlisting in WW1

Coo-ee Digger: experiences of South Australian World War 1 soldiers [opportunity 1]

Time: 10am to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: Free, bookings essential

What was it like to be a South Australian digger during WW1?

Suitability: years 5 to 9
Cost: Free
Duration: 90 minutes
Days: Monday to Friday
Capacity: Class of 30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:6 (Yr 5-7) or 1:15 (Yr 7-9)
Facilitator: Education Librarian

Mortlock Wing of the State Library of South Australia

Discover the State Library of South Australia [opportunity 1]

Time: 10am to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: Free, bookings essential, school groups

Learn more about the Library by choosing components that best suit your class learning requirements.

Suitability: years 7 to 12, Tertiary & TAFE
Duration:
up to 90 minutes
Days: Monday - Friday
Capacity: Class of 30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:15
Facilitator: Education Librarian

The first settlement in South Australia B2129

Early Settlement of South Australia [opportunity 1]

Time: 10am to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: Sessions are free, bookings essential

The State Library of South Australia holds the stories and memories of South Australia.

Suitability: years 5 to 7
Duration: up to 90 minutes
Days: Monday - Friday
Capacity: class of 30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Education Librarian

Woomera self guided experience

From Outback to Outer Space: Woomera 1955-1980 self guided experience

Date: 28 August 2017 to 3 November 2017

Location: Meet at Treasures Wall, Level 1 Spence Wing

Note: Free, bookings essential. Guide resources provided free of charge.

Visit to take a closer look at an exciting new exhibition From Outback to Outer Space: Woomera 1955-1980.

Suitability: years 4 to 7
Duration: 60 minutes
Days: Monday to Friday (closed Public holidays ) No tours during school holidays
Times: Book for 10.30, 11.30 and 12.30 sessions. Walk-in after 1.30pm
Resources: Collect 'Enquiry Cards' from Information desk, Level 1 Spence Wing
Capacity:
30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Teachers. Please organise students into pairs.
Bag storage: Bring a crate for student belongings that can remain with you during your visit.

Students engaging in Community Learning programs at the State Library

My History [opportunity 2]

Time: 10am or 12.30

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: Reception to Yr 3
Cost:
free
Duration:
2 hours
Days:
Monday - Friday (morning or afternoon sessions)
Capacity:
Class of 30 students maximum
Supervision:
1:4
Facilitator:
Education Officer

Board game Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane circa 1911

South Australia & Federation [opportunity 1]

Time: 10am to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: Free, but bookings essential

View historical resources relating to Federation and learn about some South Australians who were instrumental in advancing the Federation cause.

Suitable for: years 5 to 7; 10 to 12
Session length: up to 90 minutes
Days: Monday - Friday
Numbers: up to 30 students per session
Supervision: 1:6 (years 5 -7) and 1:15 (years 10-12)
Facilitator: Education Librarian

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
Capacity: class of 30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:6
Days: Thursdays | 10am or 12pm
Facilitator: Experienced Community Learning Volunteer

Woomera: Reaching For The Stars (Opportunity 4)

Date: 12 September 2017 to 10 November 2017

Time: 10am to 11.15am

Location: Meet in the State Library forecourt

Note: Free, but bookings essential

Enhancing their digital skills using iPads, students will search the Library collections for resources that relate to Woomera, space exploration, and climate. Using these items and working in pairs they will create posters with the Glogster app.

Suitability: years 5 to 7
Cost: free
Duration: 75 minutes
Days: Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday
Capacity: Class of 30 students maximum
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Education Librarian


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

 

1:15

 

Primary students

 

1:6

 

Early years

 

1:4

 

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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