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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 Place Management 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@property.nsw.gov.au. SLA looks forward to meeting your class soon!

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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.

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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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.

Dirt Detectives Teacher Resource Pack -.pdf

Sydney Learning Adventures - Risk Assessment.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

Sydney Learning Adventures - Risk Assessment.pdf

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Gadigal Mudgin
For Years: K - 2 (Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 History, Science, Geography and Aboriginal Languages)
Location: The Rocks

Aboriginal education guides take students on a journey through local Aboriginal history, culture and heritage.
Students explore the difference between their own personal and family histories and those of the Gadigal people. 

The program includes:

  • stories of role models such as Arabanoo and Nanberry
  • Aboriginal language and place names - what did these places mean to the Gadigal people?
  • investigating and discussing bush tucker and other resources in the local area
  • hands-on experience with Aboriginal artefacts (The Rocks Discovery Museum).

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Ngara
For Years: 3 - 6 (Stage 2 and 3 History, Science, Geography 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.
Aboriginal guides take students on a journey through local Aboriginal culture and history, the arrival of Europeans and 'first contact', as well as the impact of colonisation on both settler and Aboriginal children and families.
The program includes:

  • stories of role models in our past such as Bennelong, Colebee, Nanberry, Arabanoo and Patyegarang
  • Aboriginal language and place names - what did these places mean to Gadigal people?
  • how the Gadigal people understood and interpreted their environment
  • Gadigal initiation ceremonies and practices
  • Aboriginal astronomy
  • investigating bush tucker and other resources in the local area
  • hands-on experience with Aboriginal artefacts (The Rocks Discovery Museum).

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

Sydney Learning Adventures - Risk Assessment.pdf

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Double Dragons
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 icon Chinese Whispers 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

Sydney Learning Adventures - Risk Assessment.pdf

 

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History, Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Languages
Giba-Nura
For Years: 7 - 8 (Stage 4 History,  Science, Geography, Aboriginal Studies and  Aboriginal Languages)
Location: The Rocks

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.

Aboriginal education guides facilitate students' exploration of 'first contact', Aboriginal resistance to colonisation, and its imapct on the Gadigal people from an Aboriginal perspective.  

Through stories of role models such as Bennelong, Barrangaroo, Patyegarang and Pemulwuy, students in  will develop a knowledge and understanding of local Aboriginal identity and experiences, and explore and analyse historical and archaeological evidence. 

The program includes:

  • Aboriginal astronomy
  • Gadigal initiation ceremonies and practices
  • Aboriginal language and place names - what did these places mean to Gadigal people?
  • how the Gadigal people understand and interpret their environment
  • hands-on experience with Aboriginal artefacts (The Rocks Discovery Museum)
  • Investigating bust tucker and other resources in the local area.

This program can be tailored for tertiary students and corporate groups.

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

Sydney Learning Adventures - Risk Assessment.pdf

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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

Sydney Learning Adventures - Risk Assessment.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.

Information for Teachers - Sydney Learning Adventures - Shopfront to Western Front.pdf

Sydney Learning Adventures - Risk Assessment.pdf

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History
Groundwork Extended

For Years: 10 – 12 (Stage 5 Elective History, Stage 6 Ancient History, Stage 6 History Extension)
Location: The Big Dig Archaeological Centre

How do historians and archaeologists investigate the past? What types of questions do they ask? What ethical issues are involved in the excavation, conservation and interpretation of a site? Students use written and archaeological sources to undertake an enquiry-based investigation into topics such as the lives of real men and women who lived and worked in The Rocks during the 19th century, the impact of the industrial revolution on them, and the sociocultural identity of The Rocks.

Information for Teachers - Sydney Learning Adventures - Groundwork Exten....pdf

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History, Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Languages
Mana-Nura
For Years: 9 - 12 (Stages 5 and 6 History, Science, Geography, Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Languages)
Location: The Rocks

 

Aboriginal education guides take students on a journey to explore the history and culture of the Gadigal people, as well as their experiences during 'first contact' and after colonisation.

 

Students will explore the Gadigal and other Aboriginal peoples' resistance to colonisation, colonial policies of the day, and how these have impacted on and influenced Indigenous Australians today.
The program includes:

 

hands-on examination of a variety of Aboriginal artefacts (The Rocks Discovery Museum)

Investigating and discussing bush tucker in the local area

The opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of local Aboriginal identity and experiences through a timeline of important historical, social and political events

Stories of role models such as Bennelong, Pemulwuy, Windradyne, Charles Perkins, Eddie Mabo and others.

    This program can be tailored for tertiary students and corporate groups.

     

    Sydney Learning Adventures - Risk Assessment.pdf

     

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    History and Geography
    Silk Road to Gold Tracks
    For Years: 7 - 10, (Stages 4 & 5 History and Geography)
    Location: Chinese Garden and Chinatown
    Students will examine the history of Chinese immigration to Australia and observe its impact on past and present communities.  
    This program aims to gain that has created the multicultural Australia of today.  
    The program includes a visit to the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
    New program - available from Term 1, 2020
    Sydney Learning Adventures - Risk Assessment.pdf

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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 Gadigal Mudgin, Ngara, Little Diggers, Dirt Detectives, Pieces of the Past and Double Dragons.

    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 or email tours@property.nsw.gov.au

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