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.

Special note for Term 4

In Term 4 2018 we are hosting the international exhibition, One mountain, one river, one sage: Treasures from the Shandong Library. It is the first time these rare pieces have been displayed outside of China.

As this is a unique exhibition, the Community Learning Team will focus all their efforts during Term 4 on curriculum aligned programs which complement the Exhibition. The programs will be for years 5, 6 and 7.

Our regular programs will resume in 2019.



Learning opportunities on offer

Student taking part in the Belonging program

Belonging [opportunity 2]

Date: 13 August 2018 to 17 August 2018

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Fully booked for 2018.
This learning experience follows on from My History by exploring the concept of belonging. Learners will examine the diverse relationships between people, places and events within a community. They will create their own miniature collage inspired by Jeannie Baker's works, reflecting their interpretation of belonging.

Suitability: years 3 to 5
Duration:3.5 hours (includes 30 minute break)
Days: Monday to Friday (excluding school and public holidays)
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision
: 1:6
Facilitator: experienced primary years Teacher

Students investigating

Connections with China: Identity and the preservation of culture [opportunity 5]

Date: 10 September 2018 to 9 November 2018

Time: 10.30am to 2.15pm

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Only available in term 3 and 4, so be quick to book!

Spend a day immersed in a free learning program of cultural experiences that include workshops, an exhibition from Shandong, China and a behind-the-scenes peek of your State Library.

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

We suggest that you arrive 30 minutes early to give yourself time to see the exhibition before your program begins.

Suitability: years 5, 6 and 7
Days: Monday to Friday (alternate weeks from 10 September)
Capacity: up to two classes of 30 students
Supervision: Minimum of 1:10, 1:6 recommended
Facilitators:
experienced primary years Educators and Librarians

Cooee cobber promotional poster for enlisting in WW1

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

Time: 10 to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: Free, bookings essential. Not available in term 4.

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: 90 minutes
Days: Monday to Friday (Not available Term 3)
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6 (Yr 5-7) or 1:15 (Yr 9-10)
Facilitator: Education Librarian

Early Chinese arrivals

Early Chinese arrivals: walkers and workers in SA [opportunity 4]

Date: 18 September 2018 to 15 November 2018

Time: 10.00am to 12pm

Location: Meet in the State Library foyer

Note: Free, bookings essential

Research the lives of early Chinese arrivals and through dramatic re-enactment explore the experience the Chinese encountered walking to the goldfields and living and working in South Australia. Discover the decisions and choices they and the local communities made and uncover the social and political attitudes of the time.

This program investigates some of South Australia's early connections with Asia and presents the personal and political attitudes of the time.

Suitability: Years 5, 6 and 7
Days: Tuesday to Thursday (alternate term weeks from 18 September)
Capacity:
up to 30 students
Supervision:
Maximum 1:10; 1: 6 recommended
Facilitator:
Community Learning Librarian

The first settlement in South Australia B2129

Early Settlement of South Australia [opportunity 1]

Time: 10 to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: Free, bookings essential. Not available in term 4.

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 to Friday
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: Education Librarian

Claypad

From clay tablet to iPad [opportunity 1]

Date: 12 November 2018 to 14 December 2018

Time: 10 to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: Free, but bookings essential. Not available in term 4.

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: 90 minutes
Days: Monday to Thursday
Numbers: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6 (years 5 -7)
Facilitator: Education Librarians

NASA/Goddard

From Satellite to Submarine: 2018 Science Week

Date: 13 August 2018 to 17 August 2018

Time: 9.30am for 10am to 1.30pm

Location: Meet in the State Library forecourt

Note: Fully Booked

School group program for years 5 to 7.
Dr Jeanette Dixon AM will take students on a journey into space to learn about:

  • The importance of man-made satellites for humans on earth.
  • Researching life in space on the international space station-the largest artificial satellite.
  • Gaining essential knowledge for future manned missions to mars and back to the moon.
Board game Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane circa 1911

South Australia & Federation [opportunity 1]

Time: 10 to 11.30am

Location: Meet in the ground floor glass foyer

Note: Free, but bookings essential. Not available in term 4.

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: 90 minutes
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 and Participation 2018

Time: 10am to 2pm

Location: The Hub at the State Library of SA

Note: Free, bookings essential

This learning program engages the learners in an exploration of the concept of finding a voice through democracy. Through self-discovery activities within the space students will become aware of key individuals, events and artifacts that helped shape the concept of democracy that is evident today.

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

 

Touch Screen in CoD

The Centre of Democracy: To Be A Leader 2018

Date: 4 September 2018 to 13 December 2018

Time: 10am to 12.30pm

Location: Your Hub at the State Library of SA

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
Capacity:
up to 30 students
Supervision:
1:6
Facilitator:
experienced primary years Educator

 

The Opposite of Bored

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

Time: 10.30 am to 2.00 pm

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Fully booked for 2018

Explore moments in South Australia's history through board games from the State Library's collection. Learners will practice historical skills through playing, analysing, researching and interpreting board games from the past.

Suitability: years 3 to 5
Duration: 3.5 hours (Includes half hour for lunch)
Days: Monday to Friday
Capacity: up to 30 students
Supervision: 1:6
Facilitator: 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 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

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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