State Library of South Australia

Primary | years 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

 

Centre of Democracy: Democracy Day @ the State LIbrary 2019

Date: 29 January 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 9.45 for 10am to 2pm

Location: Meet in State LIbrary forecourt

Note: Free, bookings essential

Are you interested in bringing three classes into the city to participate in a free program? Explore and spend a day at the State Library and discover democracy while participating in three different programs.

Suitability: years 5 to 7
Days: Tuesday and Thursday (even weeks of term)
Capacity:
up to 30 students class - up to 3 classes together
Supervision:
1:6
Facilitator:
experienced primary years Educator & State Library staff

 

Touch Screen in CoD

Centre of Democracy: To Be A Leader 2019

Date: 29 January 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 9.45 for 10am to 12.30pm

Location: Meet in State LIbrary forecourt

Note: Free, bookings essential

Learners will explore and identify the role and characteristics of a leader. They will discover the similarities and difference between rules and laws and the importance of making decisions democratically.

Suitability: Years 3 to 4
Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Duration:
2.5 hours
Capacity:
up to 30 students
Supervision:
1:6
Facilitator:
experienced primary years Educator

 

Cooee cobber promotional poster for enlisting in WW1

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

Date: 29 January 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 10 to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: Free, bookings essential.

Find out what it was like to be a South Australian digger during World War One.

Suitability: years 5 to 7 and 9 to 10
Duration: up to 1.5 hours
Days: Monday to Friday
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6 (Yr 5-7) or 1:15 (Yr 9-10)
Facilitator: Education Librarian

Mortlock Wing of the State Library of South Australia

Discover the State Library - Primary [opportunity 3]

Date: 29 January 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 10 to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: Free, bookings essential, school groups

Explore the different spaces of the Library and discover the range of materials the Library collects.

Suitability: years 3 to 7
Duration:
1.5 hours
Days: Monday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Education Librarian

The first settlement in South Australia B2129

Early Settlement of South Australia [opportunity 1]

Date: 29 January 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 10 to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: 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 1.5 hours
Days: Monday to Friday
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Education Librarian

Claypad

From clay tablet to iPad [opportunity 1]

Date: 29 January 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 10 to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer.

Note: Free, but bookings essential.

This program investigates cultural identity and how we capture, preserve and share stories in our global context.

Suitable for: years 5 to 7
Session length: up to 1.5 hours
Days: Monday to Thursday
Numbers: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6 (years 5 -7)
Facilitator: Education Librarians

Students engaging in Community Learning programs at the State Library

My History [opportunity 2]

Date: 11 February 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Location: Meet in State LIbrary forecourt

Note: Free, Bookings essential

Explore the role of story in sharing and preserving histories. Uncover the way collections can hold stories and memories through exploring the beautiful Mortlock Chamber. Learners will design and make a personal memory box to capture their unique stories. Designed and facilitated by an experienced early years teacher.

Suitability: Reception to year 3
Days: Monday to Friday
Capacity:
up to 30 students
Supervision:
1:5
Facilitator:
experienced early years Teacher

Student taking part in the Belonging program

Our Changing Environment [opportunity 2]

Date: 11 February 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 10 for 10.30 to 2pm

Location: Meet in State LIbrary forecourt

Note: Free, Bookings essential

Discover how State Library sources can provide insight into the past that can inform the present and future. Learners will examine relationships between people, places and events within communities, and the power to create positive, sustainable change, inspired by State Library collection material and Jeannie Baker's text, Belonging. Learners will create a miniature collage reflecting their own preferred environment of the future.

Suitability: years 3 to 6
Duration: 3.5 hours (includes 30 minute break)
Days: Monday to Friday
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision:
1:6
Facilitator: Designed and facilitated by an experienced primary years teacher.

Phil Cummings-Dream Big 2019

Phil Cummings: Stories Behind the Books- part of the Dream Big Festival [opportunity 2]

Date: 6 May 2019 to 5 July 2019

Time: 10.30 and 12pm to 12.30 and 2pm

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Bookings essential - Term 2 only

Your State Library holds in its collection, many of the secrets and stories of award-winning South Australian author, Phil Cummings. These secrets will be revealed in an interactive exhibition featuring his award-winning books through to copies of his original manuscripts. Learners will be inspired to create their own literary responses. Video conference opportunities will be on offer for regional schools.

Co-designed with Phil Cummings and children from Peterborough, and facilitated by an experienced primary years teacher.

This program will be part of the Dream Big celebration beginning on May 22 2019.

NB.This program is only available in Term 2 in conjunction with the exhibition which will end July 5.

Bookings will not be available until early 2019.

Suitability: years R to 7
Cost: Free
Duration: 1.5 hours
Days: Monday - Friday
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

Pop-Ups and Moveable Books [opportunity 2]

Date: 29 July 2019 to 2 August 2019

Time: 10 for 10.30 to 2pm

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Bookings essential- 1 week only, Term 3

Learn about the State Library's diverse collection of pop-up books from different times and places. Explore the art of paper engineering and then design and make a moveable text. An interactive eBook has been co-designed by learners to complement this program for the lead up to Book Week.

Suitability: years 4 to 7
Cost: free
Duration: 3.5 hours (arrive 10am for 10.30 start. Includes half hour for lunch)
Days: Monday - Friday
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Co-designed with primary learners and facilitated by an experienced primary years teacher.

Board game Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane circa 1911

South Australia & Federation [opportunity 1]

Date: 29 January 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 10 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 and 9 to 10
Session length: up to 1.5 hours
Days: Monday to Friday
Numbers: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6 (years 5 -7) and 1:15 (years 10-12)
Facilitator: Education Librarian

The Centre of Democracy: Passion & Participation 2019

Date: 29 January 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 9.45 for 10am to 2pm

Location: Meet in State LIbrary forecourt

Note: Free, bookings essential

The Centre of Democracy is a place in Adelaide to explore the people and ideas that have shaped democracy in South Australia. Discover the past and discuss the role young people have in determining the future. They will begin to identify their voice in democracy and develop a sense of identity

Suitability: years 5 to 7
Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Capacity:
up to 30 students per session
Supervision:
1:6
Facilitator:
experienced primary years Educator

 

The Opposite of Bored

The Opposite of Bored: Researching SA History through Board Games [opportunity 2]

Date: 11 February 2019 to 12 April 2019

Time: 10 for 10.30 to 2.00 pm

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Free, Bookings essential

Collaborate in teams to discover moments in South Australia's history. Learners will practice historical skills through playing and analysing board games from the past, and researching primary and secondary sources from the State Library's collection that relate to their game. Each team will interpret and communicate their learning by creating a short documentary.

Suitability: years 4 to 7
Duration: 3.5 hours (includes a 30 minute break)
Days: Monday to Friday
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Co-designed with primary learners and facilitated by an experienced primary years teacher.


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 tours to introduce groups of students to specific aspects throughout the library.
  • Opportunity 4: Unlock the past and discover the future through dramatic re-enactments.

Prepare for your visit

Tips for students and teachers visiting the library

Adult to student ratio required for groups

Early years Kindergarten
 
1:4
 
Early years R - 2
 
1:5
 
Primary years 3 - 7
 
1:6
 
Secondary years 7 - 12
 
1:15
 

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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