Barangaroo S2 – First Contacts

Barangaroo – First Contacts’ is a one-day History program focusing on the first contacts between Gadigal Aboriginal people and European colonists. Students will learn about Barangaroo, an Aboriginal woman, and visit Barangaroo Point Park, to learn about traditional Aboriginal culture. Students will also visit a number of places in Millers Point and The Rocks to learn about European colonial settlement.

The program has three main components:

  1. Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the program
  2. A whole day fieldwork experience in Millers Point and The Rocks
  3. Follow up activities to enhance History and HSIE skills

During the fieldwork day, students will:

  • Visit Barangaroo Point Park to investigate the life of Barangaroo and the traditional Aboriginal culture and 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 traditional Aboriginal culture and history of the local Gadigal Aboriginal people.

Students will then work back at school to complete a literacy activity associated with one of the characters studied during the excursion.

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 Straight Islander Cultures and Histories
  • Sustainability

The program will allow students to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding about people and cultures from different times and places
  • develop an understanding of the establishment of the NSW colony
  • encourage literacy skills in talking and listening.
  • understand peoples impact on the environment, and how they use it, has changed over time.
  • develop an understanding of the inter-connections between people, cultures, societies and environments
  • interact with components of the environment using sensory awareness techniques
Risk Assessment Pro Forma – Barangaroo Stage 2

Summary of Learning Sites, Activities and Student Outcomes

Learning Site Activity Student Outcomes Students will be able to: Fieldwork in Action
Pre visit activities Students watch a film clip to investigate the life of Barangaroo pre settlement
  • Develop an understanding and empathy with Aboriginal people and culture
Barangaroo Point Park 1. Barangaroo

  • Comparing current and old maps of Barangaroo Point and surrounds, and mapping areas of significance to Aboriginal people
  • Listening to an interactive story about Barangaroo and the Gadigal Aboriginal people
  • Identifying native plants and their traditional Aboriginal uses
  • Making an artefact from natural materials
  • Describe the nature of contact between Aboriginal people including Aboriginal resistance
  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Develop listening skills
 Millers point
Parbury Ruins 2. Parbury Ruins – Convict Period Circa 1820
Explore Parbury Ruins and hear a story about Thomas Fleet, a convict who lived in the ruined house. Students will investigate archaeological artefacts typical of  this site and complete an activity to match mystery colonial artefacts to their uses
  • Investigate the life of a convict
  • Describe and explain effects of British colonisation in Australia
  • Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
Rocks Discovery Museum 3. The Rocks Discovery Museum
Visit the Rocks Discovery Museum and view artefacts from Gadigal Aboriginals and First Fleet Convicts
  • Explore and use a range of sources about the past
  • Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present
  • Locate relevant information from sources provided

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