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With a focus on enquiry skills, students will handle and investigate real and replica mystery objects from varying cultures.
Museum educator led program (Stage 2 and Stage 3)
The perfect accompaniment to a visit to the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum, in this session students will be encouraged to think about what makes objects special and to ask questions about how they were used and made. They will explore the objects to discover their stories, which will give them insight to different aspects of life in Australia and countries from around the world.
NSW (incorporating Australian Curriculum)
HT2-3 Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects.
HT2-5 Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication.
ATSI Content Investigate the traditional Aboriginal way of life, focusing on people, their beliefs, food, shelter, tools and weapons, customs and ceremonies, art works, dance, music and relationship to Country.
HT3-3 Identifies change and continuity and describes the causes and effects of change on Australian society.
HT3-5 Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication.
Using a range of sources, research and describe the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other groups to Australian society.
GE2-2 Describes the ways people, places and environments interact.
GE2-3 Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments.
ATSI Content Discussion of how people’s perceptions influence the protection of places in Australia.
GE3-2 Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments.
EN2-1A Communicates in a range of informal and formal contexts by adopting a range of roles in group, classroom, school and community contexts.
EN3-1A Communicates effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes using increasingly challenging topics, ideas, issues and language forms and features.
STE2-9ME Identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties.
STE2-13MW Identifies the physical properties of natural and processed materials and how these properties influence their use.
STE3-3MW Relates the properties of common materials to their use for particular purposes.
STE3-13MW Describes how the properties of materials determine their use for specific purposes.
Costs, duration, group size and availability
Cost: $10 (GST free) per student with a minimum cost of $100 per session. General entry to the Australian Museum is free for school students.
Duration: 60 minutes per session
Group size: Up to 30 students per session (4 sessions per day)
Availability: Monday-Friday during school term
Students need to be supervised at all times while at the Australian Museum. There is no set supervision ratio, however we allow free entry for teachers and accompanying adults at the following ratios:
- 1:4 for pre- and primary school groups
- 1:10 for secondary school groups
- 1:15 for tertiary or English language student groups.
- 1:1 for students with additional needs
Additional teachers or accompanying adults above these ratios will incur a cost.