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Excursion Summary

90 minutes

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Students will develop their visual literacy skills on a tour of the exhibition Imagine…the Wonder of Picture Books and discover how music can enhance the joy of storytelling. 

In this 90-minute program students will: 

  • tour the exhibition 
  • listen to a selection of picture books featured in the exhibition 
  • perform a sound story to accompany the story, Macca the Alpaca (Early Stage 1) 
  • create a collaborative sound score and perform it using percussion instruments (Stage 1). 

Curriculum outcomes

Early Stage 1 


  • ENe-8B: Demonstrates emerging skills and knowledge of texts to read and view, and shows developing awareness of purpose, audience and subject matter. 

Creative Arts in Music 

  • MUES1.1: Participates in simple speech, singing, playing and moving activities, demonstrating an awareness of musical concepts. 
  • MUES1.2: Creates own rhymes, games, songs and simple compositions. 
  • MUES1.4: Listens to and responds to music. 

Stage 1 


  • EN1-8B: Recognises that there are different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an awareness of purpose, audience and subject matter. 

Creative Arts in Music 

  • MUS1.1: Sings, plays and moves to a range of music, demonstrating an awareness of musical concepts. 
  • MUS1.2: Explores, creates, selects and organises sound in simple structures. 
  • MUS1.3: Uses symbol systems to represent sounds. 
  • MUS1.4: Responds to a range of music, expressing likes and dislikes and reasons for those choices. 

Before you visit

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Booking Details


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


Monday to Friday, during term time  


90 minutes 

Minimum supervision ratio

Kindergarten – Year 2: 1 adult per 5 students  

Bookings are essential, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Email learning.library@sl.nsw.gov.au or phone 9273 1778.

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