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Sydney Learning Adventures

Thank you for taking the time to discover Sydney Learning Adventures' (SLA) range of school excursions and education programs.

As an initiative of Property NSW, SLA's vision is to create quality educational excursions that are enriching, diverse, safe, accessible and sustainable.

Our programs have been been developed in consultation with academic educators and practising classroom teachers. Our curriculum-linked, outcomes-focused approach aims to provide engaging, interactive, multi-layered learning experiences for all students. The programs are facilitated by our team of dynamic interpretive guides and cater to all stages and types of learners, from kindergarten to Year 12.

For  more information, or to book the program, call (02) 9240 8552 or email tours@shfa.nsw.gov.au. SLA looks forward to meeting your class soon!

The Bangabaoui Aboriginal Cultural Harbour Cruise for primary and secondary students is no longer offered by Sydney Learning Adventures.  If you would like information about Aboriginal cultural harbour cruises please contact Tribal Warrior Association on (02) 9699 3491.

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Primary programs

All Sydney Learning Adventures primary excursions have been developed in consultation with academic educators and practising classroom teachers. Our curriculum-linked, outcomes-focused approach aims to provide engaging, interactive, multi-layered learning experiences for all students. The programs are facilitated by our team of dynamic interpretive guides and cater to all stages and types of learners, from kindergarten to Year 6.

For primary students, SLA has excursions that fit with the curriculum links for History, English and ESL.

Each excursion is complemented by a Teacher Resource Pack that offers pre-excursion and post-excursion ideas, background information and worksheets.

Chinese Whispers
For Years: 3 - 6 (Stages 2 and 3 History and Geography)
Location: Chinese Garden and Chinatown

In the heart of Chinatown students experience contemporary Chinese-Australian culture whilst learning why and when Chinese people first came to Australia, and how they have adapted and flourished as a community.

By opening a window on Chinese culture and its ongoing contribution to Australia society and identity, the program helps students explore the role that people of diverse backgrounds play in the development and character of local communities.

PDF iconChinese Whispers Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

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Dirt Detectives
For Years: 3 - 4 (Stage 2 History)
Location: The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre

Ball-and-chain shackles? Torn and filthy rags decorated with broad arrows? History books often describe horrific tales of the brutal punishment and agonising labour experienced by convicts in early colonial Sydney.

Students will work as archaeologists to excavate artefacts from our indoor archaeological dig, and use their investigative skills to discover what life was really like for the convicts who lived in The Rocks during the early years of the colony.

To assist you in getting the most out of the program and to maximise the experience for your students, Sydney Learning Adventures has created a comprehensive Teacher Resource Pack for this program.

PDF icon Dirt Detectives Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

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Little Diggers
For Years: 1 - 2 (Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 History)
Location: The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre

How do archaeologists find out about the past? What can archaeology tell us about children who lived in The Rocks during the 1800s? What were their houses like? What games did they play?

Students will work as archaeologists to excavate artefacts from our indoor archaeological dig and analyse them to find out about the everyday lives of children who lived at the site of the Cumberland Street archaeology dig.

To assist you in getting the most out of this program, and to maximise the experience for your students, Sydney Learning Adventures has created a comprehensive Teacher Resource Pack for this program.

PDF icon Little Diggers Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

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Ngara
For Years: 1 - 6 (Stage 2 to Stage 3 History and Aboriginal Languages)
Location: The Rocks

Ngara means listen/hear/think in the language of the Gadigal people, the original people of The Rocks area.
Students in K-6 History – Stages 1–3 and K-6 History – Stages 1–3 (Australian Curriculum), will learn about the history of Aboriginal people from an Aboriginal perspective. Hear the stories of the strong role models in our past such as Cora Gooseberry, Barangaroo, Patyegarang, Bungaree, Colebee, Arabanoo, Pemulwuy and Windradyne.

Students discover some of the important milestones in Aboriginal political history and the people, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, who have made these things happen. Aboriginal people have been on this land for many thousands of years and they share a recent (just over 200 years) history with non-Aboriginal people.

Students will discover the Aboriginal place names for areas around The Rocks and some of the important historical events that impacted on the lives of Aboriginal people.

Our Aboriginal Guides will share the knowledge of the oldest living history in the world.

This program can  be tailored to Early Stage 1 and Stage 1.

PDF icon Ngara & Giba-Nura Combined Teacher Resource Pack .pdf

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Pieces of the Past
For Years: 5 - 6 (Stage 3 History)
Location: The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre

Buttons and buckles, bottles and beads. These are some of the artefacts discovered by archaeologists under the floorboards of houses in The Rocks.

In this program, students use artefacts, paintings, photos and written documents to piece together evidence about the lives of the people who lived in the Cumberland Street neighbourhood during the 1800s.

To assist you in getting the most out of the program and to maximise the experience for your students, Sydney Learning Adventures has created a comprehensive Teacher Resource Pack for this program.

PDF icon Pieces of the Past Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

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Secondary programs

All Sydney Learning Adventures secondary excursions have been developed in consultation with academic educators and practising classroom teachers. Our curriculum-linked, outcomes-focused approach aims to provide engaging, interpretive, multi-layered learning experiences for all students. The programs are facilitated by our team of dynamic interpretive guides and cater to all stages and types of learners, from Year 7 to Year 12.

The excursions offer teachers an ideal resource to complement the key learning areas of geography, history, ESL, Aboriginal studies, religion and ancient history.

Each excursion is complemented by a resource pack that offers pre-excursion and post-excursion ideas, background information and worksheets.

History
Cesspits and Old Rubbish

For Years: 7 - 8 (Stage 4 History)
Location: The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre
Curriculum links: Years 7-8 History. Students explore 'the science of rubbish' by examining artefacts recovered from wells, cisterns, cellars and backyards.

British archaeologist Stuart Piggott once called archaeology 'the science of rubbish' because it involves the excavation of things people throw away. Student archaeologists in Years 7 and 8 History (Australian Curriculum) will examine artefacts discovered in wells, 'dunnies', cisterns, cellars and backyards in order to decide whether The Rocks really was a 'dirty slum' during the 19th century. This differentiated investigation focuses on the lives of some of the more colourful individuals who inhabited the cosy little houses, narrow lands and twisted streets of The Rocks' close-knit neighbourhood. Updated to reflect the new History Curriculum, this program takes place at The Big Dig Archaeology Education centre.

PDF icon Cesspits & Old Rubbish Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

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History and Aboriginal Languages
Giba-Nura

For Years: 7 - 12 (Stages 4 and 5 History,  Aboriginal Languages; Stages 4 to 6 Aboriginal Studies)
Location: The Rocks
Students in History Stages 4 and 5, Aboriginal Studies Stages 4 and 5 and Aboriginal Studies Stage 6, will develop an appreciation of Aboriginal identity and experiences through learning about Aboriginal political history.

Giba means rock or stone and Nura means place or country‘in the language of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the original inhabitants of the Sydney basin.

Students in History Stages 4 and 5, Aboriginal Studies Stages 4 and 5 and Aboriginal Studies Stage 6, will develop an appreciation of Aboriginal identity and experiences through learning about Aboriginal political history.

Learn about bush tucker, Aboriginal place names and Aboriginal protocols while you build an appreciation of the unique value of the world’s oldest living culture. You’ll also gain knowledge of Australian history as well as contemporary issues facing Aboriginal communities, all from an Aboriginal perspective.

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Ancient History
Groundwork:
Archaeology at The Big Dig
For Years: 11-12 (Stage 6 Ancient History, History Extension and Stage 5 Elective History)
Location: The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre
Curriculum links: Year 11 ancient history and stage 5 elective history. Students will use written and archaeological sources to undertake an investigation into the lives of some of the people who lived and worked in The Rocks in the 1800s.

The Big Dig archaeological site offers students a unique opportunity to study how historians and archaeologists investigate, record, reconstruct and interpret the past. Students will look at the types of questions they ask, the explanations they give and the issues they raise.

Students will use written and archaeological sources to undertake an enquiry-based investigation into the lives of some of the people who lived and worked in The Rocks during the 19th century. They will also consider the ethical isssues involved in the excavation, conservation, interpretation and presentation of this site to the public.

To assist you in getting the most out of the program, and to maximise the experience for your students, Sydney Learning Adventures has created a comprehensive Teacher Resource Pack for this program.

PDF icon Groundwork Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

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History
Shopfront to Western Front

For Years: 9 -10, (Stage 5 Global History: The Making of the Modern World and Australia)
Location: The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre
Stage 5 Global History: The making of the Modern World and Australia How did industrialisation, imperialism and significant events such as World War 1 impact on the lives of people who lived in The Rocks?

Students work as archaeologists, developing a sound historical understanding as they interpret a unique archaeological site, examine authentic artefacts, and delve into the lives of families who lived in The Rocks.

Students will explore the effects of industrialisation, World War 1 and the rapid change in the ways people lived, worked and thought.

Using a range of archaeological, written and photographic sources, this program incorporated key historical concepts and skills, such as continuity and changes, cause and effect, perspective and empathetic understanding.

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School holiday programs

Group bookings
Sydney Learning Adventures has a fantastic range of primary school programs that can be adapted for vacation care, OOSH or community group school holiday programs. Favourites for school holiday excursions include Ngara, Little Diggers, Dirt Detectives and Pieces of the Past.

There is a minimum requirement of 20 children per group. Bookings are essential to ensure we can tailor a program to best suit your needs.

For more details on programs that may be suitable and to book a program, please call the program services team on (02) 9240 8552.

Program resources

All Sydney Learning Adventure excursions are complemented by a Teacher Resource Pack. Loaded with information, hints and tips on how the excursion can be linked with KLAs and worksheets, the resource packs are a fabulous value-add component for teachers.

PDF iconChinese Whispers Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

PDF iconSydney Learning Adventures Risk Assessment .pdf

Little Diggers Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

Groundwork Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

Dirt Detectives Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

Pieces of the Past Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

Cesspits & Old Rubbish Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

Ngara & Giba-Nura Combined Teacher Resource Pack.pdf

PDF iconSLA brochure 2017.pdf

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