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Primary Programs

Consider adding an educator-led learning experience to your museum visit.

School programs provide a unique museum experience to enrich and extend the outcomes of your visit. Our value-added, facilitated sessions offer creative exploration and investigation of primary and secondary sources, including museum objects, images and stories. These programs are linked to the Australian Curriculum and QCAA Senior Syllabus.

Sessions run in class sizes with a maximum capacity of 28 and cost $5.50 for local and $7.50 for non-local school groups. Bookings are essential. Schools are invoiced post-visit for teacher convenience.

Availability: Monday – Thursday, Terms 1 - 4.

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100 Million Years Ago

Audience: Year 1
Duration: 45 minutes per session. Rotations for large groups will require a reset period.
Curriculum: Science | Biological Sciences
Students will be guided by our Learning Officer on an exploration of the dinosaurs, ancient marine reptiles and ancient flying reptiles featured in our Ancient Queensland gallery. Students will become palaeontologists as they look closely at the animals that lived 100 million years ago to identify from their external features what they ate, where they lived, and compare these to animals alive today. Students will collect data and can take their data sheets back to the classroom for future reference.

Your Shipwreck Adventure

Audience: Prep-Year 2
Duration: 45 minutes per session. Rotations for large groups will require a reset period.
Curriculum: HASS │History
Students will learn about ships, shipwrecks and archaeology through hands-on exploration of real shipwreck artefacts. Our Learning Officer will guide them through the questioning and interpretation skills used in archaeological investigation. Students will then pair up with a ‘dive buddy’ and go on their own maritime archaeological exploration in the Your Shipwreck Adventure gallery. 

All Aboard! 18th Century Maritime Exploration

Audience: Year 4
Duration: 90 minutes per session (45 minutes hands-on activity and 45 minutes self-led gallery exploration). Rotations for large groups will require a reset period.
Curriculum: HASS │History
Students will learn about the voyage of HMS Pandora, a British Naval ship wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef in 1791, and participate in hands-on activities that introduce students to the daily chores of different crew members on board an 18th century sailing ship. They will then explore the Pandora exhibition to understand the role of maritime archaeology in revealing the past and complete their seafarer’s ticket. 

Extreme Adaptations

Audience: Year 5-6
Duration: Allow up to 60 minutes per session. Rotations for large groups will require a reset period.
Curriculum: Science │Biological Sciences
Students will be introduced to the extreme environments of the deep sea, mangroves and rainforest and some of the unique and fascinating animals that have adapted to call these places home. Students will then be asked to work in teams and combine their learning with their imaginations to design a new species, and present it to the group.

Guided Introduction: Connections across the Coral Sea

Availability: Term 1 2022
Audience: Years 4-12
Duration: 45 minutes per session. Rotations for large groups will require a reset period.
Curriculum: HASS | History | Science | Design and Technologies | Visual Arts
Students will take a guided tour through Connections across the Coral Sea with our Learning Officer. Introducing key aspects and themes of the exhibition, students will be guided to ask questions and explore specific highlights of the exhibition in depth. The program concludes with free time for students to explore and immerse themselves in an interactive recreation of a real archaeological dig.

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