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Excursion Summary

Early Stage 1
Stage 1
1.5 hours

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This program introduces the BIG Library to early learners in a playful and engaging way. Help the explorer Matthew Flinders find Trim, his cheeky cat, and view extraordinary artefacts and primary source material along the way. Your students will illustrate a beautiful big book, developed exclusively for this program, and take it back to their classroom. This highly interactive excursion includes exploring the exhibitions and building and immersing yourself in a rich literacy experience. 

In this 1.5 hour program students will:

  • be introduced to explorer Matthew Flinders and his cat Trim
  • hunt for Trim in secret places around the Library
  • listen to an original story 
  • co-create a big book to take back to school

Curriculum Outcomes

Early Stage 1 – English

  • ENe-1A  communicates with peers and known adults in informal and guided activities demonstrating emerging skills of group interaction
  • ENe-6B  recognises that there are different kinds of spoken texts with specific language features and shows an emerging awareness of some purposes for spoken language
  • ENe-8B  demonstrates emerging skills and knowledge of texts to read and view, and shows developing awareness of purpose, audience and subject matter

Stage 1 – English

  • EN1-1A communicates with a range of people in informal and guided activities demonstrating interaction skills and considers how own communication is adjusted in different situations
  • EN1-10C thinks imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts

Before for you visit

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Booking Details


$200 for groups up to 15 and $325 for groups 16 - 30.


Monday - Friday during term time.


90 minutes

Minimum Supervision Ratio

Kindergarten – Year 2 - 1 adult per 5 students
Year 3 – Year 6 - 1 adult per 10 students
Secondary students - 1 adult per 20 students

Bookings are essential, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Email or phone 9273 1778.

Helpful hints to enjoy your excursion

These guidelines have been developed to assist students and teachers visiting the State Library of NSW to comply with the Department of Education risk assessment guidelines for excursions.

Bus subsidy program

Travel free by bus to the Library to participate in our onsite learning programs.