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Back to school - teacher's guide

A new year and a new class – don’t panic - we’ve got you covered! Welcome to the 2018 school year - here’s a quick guide to  just what the State Library of NSW can offer a busy teacher.

Online learning activities students including one in shakespearean costume jumping for joy

Online learning activities are a one stop shop for Geography, History, English and Visual Arts. All activities are curriculum linked and introduce the extraordinary collections of the State Library. All you need is an IWB and this link to get started. Our most popular learning activities for primary students are:




It may be a little too early to think about escaping from the classroom for an excursion to the city but it always pays to plan ahead! Here’s a list of our onsite learning programs for 2018. All excursions are curriculum linked, include viewing  original collection materials, and we promise a highly engaging, memorable, hands on experience. They are of course, led by experienced classroom teachers.

Stage 1- 5 Library adventures  are crafted tours tailored to the stage and interest of your students. primary students and a female teacher standing around a map on the floor

Early Stage 1 – Stage 1 Explore is a fabulous introduction to the BIG Library through the eyes of Matthew Flinders and his faithful cat Trim.

Stage 2 1788 Before and After introduces primary sources and artefacts to investigate the British exploration and colonisation of Australia and its effects.

Stage 2-3 Words of the Eora is an interactive workshop to introduce students to the Sydney Eora language.

Stages 2-4 Straight from the Source will sharpen source analysis skills and reveal iconic and quirky collection items.

Stages 3 Striking Gold  transports students to the challenges and opportunities of the Australian goldfields.

Stages 3 Exploring Australia extraordinary stories of exploring inland Australia are revealed and students experience their own survival zone!

Stage 3-4 Seeking Shakespeare invites students to step back into Tudor England and into the magnificent Shakespeare room.

Stage 3-4 In the Frame is specifically designed for gifted and talented students and includes both image analysis and creation.

Stage 3-4 Research Skills for Historical Inquiry introduces students to primary and secondary sources and develops skills of historical enquiry.

We understand the cost of buses can be prohibitive so if you are in a DoE school in Western or South Western Sydney please enquire about our bus subsidy program.

Virtual excursions Image of children and map

If you can’t come to us – don’t despair, we can come to you via our virtual excursions. All virtual excursions involve interacting with original collection items and there’s plenty of time for questions and answers from students. This is what teachers said about our virtual excursion in 2017.

‘Although we've done a few VCs in the past, today's was the first when we were interactive, and the kids loved it. At present, we have booked into many VCs to give our students more experience. I loved the way you talked to the students at such an appropriate level.’  Hambledon P.S. 

‘We felt very special to have a private audience yesterday and really liked the life-like re-creations with authentic accent. The students have been enjoying looking further through the objects; bringing our history to life. We have one more VC booked in with you soon. Thanks again to all those involved in organising yesterday -   Baulkham Hills North P.S. 

 HSC students can visit us for an introduction to the wealth of resources  available to them or  we can provide a similar program via video conference. We can even work around your school timetable.  Check out our new videos  offering some top tips from high achieving English Extension 2 and History Extension students.

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Good luck for 2018 and remember Learning Services is here to help.

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