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DIY (Discover It Yourself) Learning Resources

These programs and resources provide a framework of activities for your visit. You can use them to create your own itinerary with your students. Discover it yourself or we can facilitate the program with you. These programs adopt a student-centred learning approach where students are given purpose and choices and take ownership for their learning. They are a great way of linking classroom preparation and learning outcomes with your visit.

Check out resources for early years here.



Students need digital Cameras to complete these activities (Click the title)

Teddy’s Visit F-2


Students bring their own or a class teddy and photograph Teddy’s adventure at Sovereign Hill. Download the free teaching kit for more ideas to use before, during and after your visit. Watch an example video on our blog (Scroll down to the video).


Sovereign Hill Snapshots Levels 3-6



Students use digital cameras to collect images on a topic of their choice exploring goldfields life. Before visiting they can use our interactive map to make decisions about where they might find some evidence about their theme. Back at school students develop an IT presentation.


Investigations Level 9

Teachers may choose from a number of investigation topics designed to cover Level 9 AusVELS Depth Studies. Using digital cameras the Industrial Revolution, Movements of Peoples and Chinese can be explored in order to create digital essays or, for the more competative, in a Rush Around the Hill format. Go to the Investigations page.


Picture This! Level 9


Small groups of students are given a contentious topic to explore while at Sovereign Hill. Their task is to find as much evidence as they can around the Outdoor Museum within one hour to support or refute that contention. Students use their own digital cameras to record their evidence. Before visiting, they can use the interactive map to make decisions about where they might find evidence about their contention. Check out an instruction video here. You can find an example movie here. Download Teachers’ Notes.


Sovereign Hill: Believe it or Not

Year 9 students take photographs to develop a presentation about whether Sovereign Hill is an accurate representation of the gold rushes. They can use Quotes from the Goldfields and Goldfields Images to support their argument.

The Industrial Revolution Comes to Ballarat Level 9

After reading our Industrial Revolution blog page (make sure you watch the two videos at the bottom) and attending an education session, students are challenged to search Sovereign Hill to find and photograph evidence of the impact of the Industrial Revolution in Ballarat. Back at school, they annotate their photographs to analyse the impact and draw conclusions about whether the Industrial Revolution was a good or bad thing.

Hidden Histories: The Wadawurrung People (3 to 10)

This digital tour brings to life perspectives and participation of Aboriginal People on the Ballarat goldfields from 1851 to 1871.