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State Library of New South Wales

1 Shakespeare Pl, Sydney, NSW
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The State Library of New South Wales offers classroom ready, curriculum-linked learning programs and resources promoting engagement, creativity and intellectual growth.

12 Programs

Seeking Shakespeare

Seeking Shakespeare

Discover one of the greatest writers of all time. Visit the State Library and uncover the little known, unexplored treasures in our extensive collection.

Year
5 6 7 8 9 10
Subject
English
Cost: $230 for groups up to 15 and $355 for groups of 16 - 30.
Ratio: 1:10
Guiding: Guided
Duration: 120 min
Significant individuals

Significant individuals

Develop skills of historical inquiry and communication as you research significant individuals.

Year
5 6
Subject
Humanities & Social Science
Cost: $230 for groups up to 15 and $355 for groups of 16 - 30 students
Ratio: 1:10
Guiding: Guided
Duration: 120 min
Stories and surprises

Stories and surprises

Engage with intriguing collection items and enjoy the magic of stories at the BIG Library.

Year
Kindergarten
Subject
English
Cost: $50 for a group of 10, $75 for a group 11–20.
Ratio: 1:5
Guiding: Guided
Duration: 45 min
Striking gold!

Striking gold!

Travel back in time to Australia in the 1800s and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of life on the goldfields.

Year
5 6
Subject
Humanities & Social Science
Cost: $230 for groups up to 15 and $355 for groups of 16 – 30.
Ratio: 1:10
Guiding: Guided
Duration: 120 min
1788: two perspectives

1788: two perspectives

Investigate the lives of both First Fleet convicts and Aboriginal people in 1788

Year
3 4
Subject
Humanities & Social Science
Cost: $230 for groups up to 15 and $355 for groups of 16 – 30.
Ratio: 1:10
Guiding: Guided
Duration: 120 min
Connections on the page

Connections on the page

Inspired by a tour of the exhibition Imagine...the Wonder of Picture Books students will listen, view, write, create and develop their visual literacy skills.

Year
3 4
Subject
English The Arts
Cost: $200 for groups up to 15 and $325 for groups of 16–30.
Ratio: 1:10
Guiding: Guided
Duration: 90 min
Creative writing adventures

Creative writing adventures

For generations writers have visited the State Library in search of inspiration for their work.

Year
5 6 7 8 9 10
Subject
English
Cost: $200 for groups up to 15 and $325 for groups of 16 – 30.
Ratio: 1:20
Guiding: Guided
Duration: 90 min
Explore!

Explore!

Visit the BIG Library and join the hunt for Matthew Flinders' much loved cat Trim.

Year
Kindergarten 1 2
Subject
English
Cost: $200 for groups up to 15 and $325 for groups 16 - 30.
Ratio: 1:5
Guiding: Guided
Duration: 90 min
Exploring Australia

Exploring Australia

Step back in time to Australia in the 1800’s and into the boots of explorers Edward Eyre, Ludwig Leichhardt, Kennedy and Jacky Jacky and Burke and Wills. Investigate and respond to Australia’s landmark documents in this enquiry based program.

Year
5 6
Subject
Humanities & Social Science
Cost: $230 for groups up to 15 and $355 for groups of 16 – 30.
Ratio: 1:10
Guiding: Guided
Duration: 120 min
Jumping off the page

Jumping off the page

This program is for students with additional learning and support needs. Inspired by a visit to Imagine ... the Wonder of Picture Books, students will create their own story based on the journey of a river.

Year
1 2 3 4 5 6
Subject
English Humanities & Social Science
Cost: Free
Ratio: 1:5
Guiding: Guided
Duration: 60 min
Library adventure tour

Library adventure tour

Uncover the surprising stories and spaces of the Library in a carefully crafted adventure tour tailored for all ages.

Year
1 2 3 4 5 6 Kindergarten
Subject
English Humanities & Social Science The Arts
Cost: $6 Per Student
Ratio: From 1:5
Guiding:
Duration: 60 min
Secrets on the page

Secrets on the page

Inspired by a tour of the exhibition Imagine...the Wonder of Picture Books students will develop visual literacy skills and uncover the secrets of colour through the close examination of illustrations by Bronwyn Bancroft.

Year
5 6
Subject
The Arts
Cost: $200 for groups up to 15 and $325 for groups of 16–30.
Ratio: 1:10
Guiding:
Duration: 90 min