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This workshop looks at how Aboriginal peoples worked with their environment, as one of the oldest continuing cultures in the world today.

Museum educator led program (Stage 4 - Stage 5)

Students will learn about the knowledge and methods used by Aboriginal peoples to identify, prepare, collect, track and cook bushtucker and medicines.
NB. This workshop uses shells, please advise on booking if you have students with any seafood allergies.


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Educator led program details

Curriculum links

NSW (incorporating Australian Curriculum)

Science

Stage 4

SC4-1VA Appreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them.

SC4-17CW A student explains how scientific understanding of, and discoveries about, the properties of elements, compounds and mixtures relate to their uses in everyday life.

History

Stage 4

HT4-1 Describes the nature of history and archeology and explains their contribution to an understanding of the past

HT4-2 Describes major periods of historical time and sequence events , people and societies from the past

HT4-6 Uses evidence from sources to support historical narratives and explanations

HT4-7 Identifies and describes different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past

HT4-10 Selects and uses appropriate oral, written, visual and digital forms to communicate about the past

Geography

Stage 4

GE4-1 Locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments

GE4-2 Describes processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

GE4-3 Explains how interactions and connections between people, places and environments result in change

GE4-5 Discusses management of places and their environments for their sustainability

GE4-6 Explains differences in human wellbeing

Maths

Stage 4

MA4-1WM Develop understanding and fluency in mathematics through inquiry, exploring and connecting mathematical concepts, choosing and applying problem-solving skills and mathematical techniques, communication and reasoning

MA4-2WM Develop understanding and fluency in mathematics through inquiry, exploring and connecting mathematical concepts, choosing and applying problem-solving skills and mathematical techniques, communication and reasoning

Science

Stage 5

SC5-1VA Appreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them.

SC5-6WS A student undertakes first-hand investigations to collect valid and reliable data and information, individually and collaboratively.

History

Stage 5

HT5-3 Explains and analyses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the historical context that shaped the modern world and Australia

HT5-5 Identifies and evaluates the usefulness of sources in the historical inquiry process

HT5-6 Uses relevant information from sources to support historical naratives, explanations and analyses of the modern world and Australia

HT5-7 Explains different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the modern world and Australia

HT5-10 Selects and uses appropriate oral, written, visual and digital forms to communicate effectively about the past to different audiences

Geography

Stage 5

GE5-1 Explains the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments

GE5-2 Explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

GE5-3 Analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environment

GE5-5 Assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability

Maths

Stage 5

MA5.1-2WM Develop understanding and fluency in mathematics through inquiry, exploring and connecting mathematical concepts, choosing and applying problem-solving skills and mathematical techniques, communication and reasoning


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 (15 minutes required between sessions)

Group size: Up to 30 students per session (4 sessions per day)

Availability: Monday-Thursday during school term


Supervision ratios

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.



Booking information

Make a booking

Phone: (02) 9320 6222 or (+612) 9320 6222 for international visitors
Email: group.bookings@austmus.gov.au

When making a booking or enquiry, please provide the following information:

  • Name of the person arranging the excursion and their contact details (including email and phone)
  • Name and address of the school/organisation
  • Which educator-led program and/or self-guided exhibition visit you'd like
  • 3 possible dates for the excursion (in case your first preference is not available)
  • Approximate number of students
  • School year group or level of the students

Confirmation, payment and cancellation

A booking confirmation will be provided by email once your booking is confirmed.

Cancellations made within 7 days of your booking date and “no shows” will incur the full cost for the booking.

Cancellations must be made in writing (by email to Group.Bookings@austmus.gov.au) and you will be provided written confirmation of the cancellation.

Payment can be made on the day by cash, cheque (made out to the Australian Museum), EFTPOS or credit card, or alternatively an invoice can be provided after the visit. We are unable to process individual payments for students/adults in the group.



Planning your visit

Getting here

There is more information on getting to the Australian Museum including details of parking and public transport available here. There is limited street parking for buses on College St, near St Mary’s Cathedral.


When you arrive

  • Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your booked session, to allow time to get through admissions, cloak bags (if required), use the toilets etc.
  • When you arrive you will need to provide admissions staff with your booking confirmation number, school name and student numbers for the day. If you have booked through an external provider, you will need to provide the name of this organisation.
  • A Museum staff member will be on hand to greet your group. They will brief the students about how to move around the Museum and direct you to areas of the Museum you intend to visit.
  • In the event of a late arrival to the Museum or a booked session, some parts of the session may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Students are encouraged to take photos, video and/or audio to record their excursion. Some temporary exhibitions do not allow photography but you will be advised of this on arrival.
  • Teachers and supervising adults are required to stay with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining of students remains the responsibility of teachers and supervising adults accompanying the group.

Cloaking, food and drink

  • There is limited bag storage available on site. It is recommended that students just bring a small carry bag with the essentials for the day, however if required, storage can be provided depending on availability.
  • There is no space for large groups to have recess or lunch inside the Museum. There is undercover outdoor space –The Garden – which is accessible from William Street. Alternatively, Hyde Park is just opposite the Museum across College St and Cook & Philip Park is across William Street. In the event of wet weather, we can provide a space for students to eat within the Museum.
  • Create Consultants operate food and dining options on site at the Australian Museum. For groups, lunchboxes can be ordered up to 5 working days before your visit. For details, and to order, please contact amevents@createconsultants.com.au or 9320 6182.

Access

  • Please let us know when booking if your students have any additional needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate where possible during the visit.
  • The Australian Museum provides access to all areas for those in wheelchairs and mobility vehicles. Further information on accessibility is available here.