Teaching resources

Due to COVID-19 we are unable to accommodate school groups at the Museum, but we’re not taking a break from providing teachers with support.

As we work behind the scenes we're creating new ways to bring the Museum to schools.

Join our mailing list to stay in touch and receive updates, and email us at education@samuseum.sa.gov.au if you have any non-booking related education enquiries.

We look forward to welcoming schools back to the Museum as soon as Government advice permits.

A group of people including young children enjoy activities on the front lawn of the South Australian Museum

Content for Connection

Content for Connection lets you explore the wonders of the South Australian Museum safely from your home. Come behind the scenes and delve into our exhibitions, collections, research and resources.

Children examining a fossil under a microscope

Earth sciences resources

The Museum and the Department of Energy and Mining collaborate on STEM-based school projects that raise awareness of the state’s mineral resources, its geology and the opportunities this natural wealth creates.

National Reconciliation Week graphic

National Reconciliation Week resources

2020's National Reconcilitation Week's theme 'In this together"' resonates even more now as most people adapt to a new way of doing, learning and living.

Enjoy a range of activities, from a virtual Sprigg Lecture to our much loved Young Explorer sessions.

Online resources

Museum Education Managers have developed learning programs for each gallery. These programs are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and reflect Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) pedagogies. Below is a selection of the galleries and learning opportunities you may wish to explore when we are able to accept education bookings again.

Years 1-3: Aboriginal Art and Play

Level 1: Children from all cultures around the world can have fun and learn by playing games.

Early Years Teachers can choose from three programs. In these programs students learn about the valuable skills gained by Aboriginal children and adults when playing with traditional toys and games. They also develop an appreciation and understanding of the different styles and forms of Aboriginal art from different regions, and the relationship between Dreaming stories, ceremonies and the environment.

Teacher information

The A5 booklet or A4 activity sheets encourage students to write down their discoveries. The inquiry cards work with an adult group leader who guides the students verbally.

Art & play booklets

Art & play sheets to record on

Inquiry cards for adult helpers

Toys (print and fold these sheets into a booklet for students)

Years 3-6: Traditional Life

Ground Floor

Students investigate traditional Aboriginal life and use activity sheets to record their discoveries while working in small groups or pairs.

Traditional life activity sheets

Years 3-6: Art and Design

Level 1: In this program students develop an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal art and Dreamings. They will also learn about the traditional designs and technologies used to make art, basketry, string, shields, ceremonial masks and ornaments. They can use the activity sheets to guide their learning about the challenges faced by Aboriginal people living in different regions across northern Australia.

Teacher information

Activity sheets

Years 4-5: Colliding Worlds

Ground Floor: Colliding Worlds is a program linked to the Australian Curriculum History. Students can choose to be an explorer, anthropologist, missionary, archaeologist or an artist. Download the booklets below to guide students’ learning and engagement with the displays. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively in small groups with adult helpers.

Year 4 students will examine the impact of exploration on other societies, how these societies interacted with newcomers and how these experiences contributed to their cultural diversity.

Year 5 students will learn about what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period (Aboriginal people, Muslim cameleers and European settlers).

Colliding worlds booklet

Years 6-9: Time and Change

Ground Floor

Students compare and contrast the traditional life of Aboriginal people who have lived in different environments across south and central Australia for at least 50,000 years. Students also develop an understanding and appreciation of the issues facing Aboriginal people today such as the maintenance of Aboriginal languages, culture and identity. This is a self guided program.

Teacher information

Time and change inquiry cards

Years 6-9: Art and Innovation

First Floor

These inquiry cards guide student investigation of the traditional design technologies, art and Dreaming stories belonging to Aboriginal people from Central and Northern Australia. Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the issues facing Aboriginal people today; the importance of innovation in contemporary Aboriginal art and design, the maintenance of Aboriginal languages and Aboriginal culture and identity now and in the future. This is a self guided program.

Art and innovation inquiry cards

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Discovery cases