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Primary schools

Primary schools

Early Stage 1 to Stage 3

Our primary learning programs are designed to connect students and teachers to the extraordinary collections held by the State Library. They can be enjoyed onsite, online and across NSW.

All learning experiences are linked to the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum and are designed to inspire curiosity, invite conversation and encourage creative responses.

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Learning activity
Stage 2
History
Students investigate the clothing of the First Fleet convicts, explore the unusual associated challenges they faced and discover skills Aboriginal people and colonists had in common.
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Hand drawn map of farm
Stage 2
History
Using primary sources students investigate what the First Fleet convicts consumed during the first years of settlement and identify the challenges of keeping famine at bay.
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David Scott Mitchell : watercolour drawings of sentimental genre scenes, ca. 1760-1800
Stage 2
History
Students research convict women’s backgrounds, crimes and life onboard the First Fleet by examining shipboard journals, paintings, artefacts and first-hand accounts. 
Virtual excursion
portraits of five women
Stage 3
History

We’d like to invite you to meet some of the incredible women to be found in Library collections. 

Learning activity
Stage 2
History
Students use images and written sources to investigate the journey of the First Fleet and the experiences of people on board. 
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Drawing of dock workers in front of ships
Stage 2
History
Students use primary sources to investigate reasons why the First Fleet was sent to New South Wales. 
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Stage 2
History
Students investigate the homes of both First Fleet convicts and Aboriginal people by conducting in-depth source analysis and practical experiments. 
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Stage 2
History
Students investigate the work of First Fleet convicts, their former trades and the work of Aboriginal and convict women.

Onsite excursion: before you visit

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Venue and safety information for school excursion

Bus subsidy program: The Library offers K-12 school students from DET schools in the Greater Sydney region, access to FREE bus travel to visit the Library 

School students | What should I know before I visit?

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