Our education team has developed student programs that are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and TfEL for each gallery.
Our Education Program Manager or volunteer Museum educators can take your class for a lesson in a gallery - subject to availability. These lessons are inquiry based and encourage student participation. Be advised, at present we have a small team and can only provide limited Museum educator-facillitated sessions which book out quickly. While we try our best to accommodate all bookings, it's best to book at least two weeks in advance. Book now.
The Education Program Manager can also provide Professional Development tours and workshops for groups of teachers. In addition, special professional learning events are held throughout the year. Request to join our mailing list to receive information about these and other special programs.
In the Museum there are many galleries and educational experiences for your students to discover.
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.
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.
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.
Students investigate traditional Aboriginal life and use activity sheets to record their discoveries while working in small groups or pairs.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Years 6-7 Antarctic geology and biology: gallery investigation (literacy focus)