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:
- Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the program
- A whole day fieldwork experience in Millers Point and The Rocks
- 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
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
Observatory Hill EEC can organise experienced aboriginal guides from the Barangaroo Delivery Authority to deliver the 1.5 hour aboriginal component of this program in Barangaroo Reserve. These experienced guides provide an authentic and unique aboriginal perspective on the traditional culture of the local Gadigal Aboriginal clan, and on the first contacts between aboriginal people and Europeans. There is an additional cost of $275 per class (around $9 per student for a class of 30). Alternatively, for schools requiring a low cost option, Observatory Hill EEC teachers can also deliver the History Syllabus ‘First Contacts’ Aboriginal content, as part of the whole day program. Please state your preference on booking, and allow time for us to coordinate your booking with the BDA.
Summary of Learning Sites, Activities and Student Outcomes