First Contacts is delivered in Barangaroo Reserve and The Rocks. This one-day History program focuses on the first contacts between Gadigal Aboriginal people and European colonists. Students will visit Barangaroo Reserve to learn about traditional Aboriginal culture and visit places in Millers Point and The Rocks to learn about European colonial settlement.
The program has three main components:
- Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the program
- A whole day fieldwork experience in Barangaroo Reserve, Millers Point and The Rocks
- Follow up activities to enhance History skills
During the fieldwork day, students will:
- Visit Barangaroo Reserve to investigate traditional Aboriginal culture and the history of the area.
- Visit Parbury Ruins, a nearby archaeological site and former home of a convict, to learn about colonial Sydney and the life of convicts.
- Visit The Rocks Discovery Museum to view artefacts associated with the local Gadigal Aboriginal people, and early colonists.
This program supports the Stage 2 History Syllabus in the areas of:
- First Contacts HT2 – 3,4,5,
And the cross curriculum content of:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures and Histories
The program will allow students to:
- Describe people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects.
- Describe and explain effects of British colonisation in Australia
- Apply skills of historical inquiry and communication
Summary of Learning Sites, Activities and Student Outcomes