Teaching resources

In response to COVID-19 we have made some changes to our education offerings.

In line with Government advice, the South Australian Museum is acting to mitigate any risk posed to the community. Because of this we have cancelled all Museum educator-facilitated sessions, all self-guided tours, all activity trails and all professional development. We are not able to take any education-related bookings at this time, and will review the situation after 30 April.

Request to 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.

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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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