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 Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, 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 email@example.com. SLA looks forward to meeting your class soon!
Find out what teachers are saying about our new secondary programs Shopfront to Western Front and Giba-Nura. Primary teachers, don't forget we have programs for you too, such as Little Digers. Lastly, please note that from 2016 we are changing how we comunicate with teachers. We hope you can join us this term for an interactive, hands-on experience in The Rocks, Sydney's heritage and cultural precinct.
Shopfront to Western Front (new program)
Stage 5 History: The Making of the Modern World and Australia
"Well-structured program and a variety of hands-on activities delivered by enthussiatic presenters, kept students engaged throughout."
"Students were very engaged and enjoyed all aspects of the tour."
"The highlight of this program was exploring the site and handling the authentic artefacts. Will be recommending!"
Book your students in for this hand-on archaeological experience. They will develop a sound historical understanding of the effects of industrialisation, imperialism and World War I through interpreting a unique archaeological site, examining authentic artefacts, and delving into the lives of families who lived in The Rocks in the late 18th to early 19th centuries.
Find out more or book now
Giba-Nura (new program)
Stages 4-5 History (including Site Studies); Aboriginal Languages
Stages 4-6 Aboriginal Studies
"Excellent, outstanding knowledge, maintained student interest. Outstanding guide!!"
"Very informative and engaging! Excellent curriculum links established and clear explanation."
"Great balance of teacher lectures and hands-on activities. Guide was fantastic!"
This compelling Indigenous political history program is delivered by Aboriginal guides. Your students will not only learn about The Rocks area from an Aboriginal perspective, but also gain valuable insights into local Aboriginal culture, heritage identity, 'first contact', the social and political impact of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the issues they face in contemporary Australian society. Students will also visit The Rocks Discovery Museum and participate in a hands-on activity with Aboriginal artefacts.
Find out more or book now
Little Diggers program
Early Stage 1 HSIE
Stage 1 HSIE
"The content was very relevant to what we have learnt in class".
"Fabulous! Very engaging and interesting content. Our kids loved it and the guide was fantastic. Thank you."
"Program was very effective within the new history syllabus. The children loved digging."
"The stories were engaging and supported the lessons in the classroom. Good links to our 'Past in the Present' unit. Great hands-on activities too."
This fun introduction to the exciting world of archaeology, which includes a hands-on 'excavation' and analysis of real artefacts owned by children who lived in the Rocks during the 19th century, brings Sydney's past to life for early primary students.
Find out more or book now
Walking The Rocks App
Now you can uncover the unique heritage heart of Sydney with an app that takes you on a self-guided tour of nooks, pathways and cobbled streets to reveal facinating facts about The Rocks. Sydney Cove and The Rocks have been pivotal in the development of the Australian nation for more than 200 years; for thousands of years before that, the Gadigal people utilised the fresh water of local streams and the abundant seafood found in Sydney Harbour.
Download the free app from the App store or Google Play
Get a glimpse of The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre before you book!
Check out our new video and discover why teachers and students are queuing up to experience The Big Dig.
- Gain an understanding of what to expect at The Big Dig when you book a program.
- See the unique hands-on learning experiences offered at The Big Dig.
- Reveal some of the resources and activities the programs offer.
- Preview the digsite and see the exclusive access students get on our programs.
- See the engagement and knowledge of our experienced guide team.
View our unique hands-on Big Dig archaeology programs for students in years 1-12 below.
Book online or call (02) 9240 8552.
Phase-out of faxes
From 1 January 2016, Sydney Learning Adventures will no longer communicate with teachers via fax. If you would like to continue receiving updates abour our programs, please send an email with your details (name and school name) to firstname.lastname@example.org
New 2015 brochure released
We've recently sent our new 2015 Education Programs brochure to your school. If you haven't received it yet and you'd like a copy, please call us on (02) 9240 8552 or email email@example.com
Blog: History in the classroom – image makeover
Drawing on her experience as a secondary school teacher, volunteer archaeologist and education officer at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania, Sarah Stockwin blogs about why history has a serious image problem and how educators can turn boring on its head.
A great deal on a joint package
Sydney Learning Adventures and Sydney Observatory have teamed up to offer the following great discount:
Book SLA's Giba-Nura and Sydney Observatory's Aboriginal Astronomy programs for the same day, and receive a $1 discount per student on each program.
SLA Term 2, 2015 Prize Winner
Congratulations to Liverpool Public School, the winner of our book prize for Term 2, 2015.
Thanks to everyone who filled in a program evaluation form, which are automatically entered into the draw for our book prize each term.
Pre-visit resource: The Rocks Beneath our Feet video
Last update: Friday 31 July 2015