Community and Remembrance – The Rocks

This program focuses on the ‘Community and Remembrance’ History content and supports learning across the curriculum in Sustainability Education. The program also addresses the First Contacts outcomes.

Students will visit The Rocks to see how the community has changed over time and learn about the lives of four children from different time periods. Through story telling, games and site visits, students will learn about the traditional Gadigal Aboriginal people, convicts, former residents of Sussanah Place (now a museum), and children from the modern era. Students will investigate the everyday lives of the children to investigate what has changed and what has remained the same. The Sustainability cross curriculum priority is addressed through an investigation of the ways each child interacted with their environment.

The program will allow students to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding about people and cultures from different times and places with a focus on childhood experiences
  • 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 – The Rocks Stage 2

Summary of Learning Sites, Activities and Student Outcomes

Learning Site Activity Students will be able to: Fieldwork in Action
First Fleet Park 1. Aboriginal Period Pre 1788
A. ‘The Strangers Arrive’ StoryB. Lomandra leaf braiding
  • Describe who lived here first and how do we know
  • Identify the original Aboriginal languages spoken in the area
  • Identify the special relationship that Aboriginal people have to Country and place
  • Respond to Aboriginal stories told
  • Develop an understanding and empathy with aboriginal culture
Cadman’s Cottage and Park 2. Convict Period Circa 1816

A. ‘James’ Big Adventure’ Story

B. Convict era games


  • Describe and explain effects of British colonisation in Australia
  • Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
Susannah Place and Cambridge St 3. Colonial Period Circa 1900

A. ‘Jim’s unlucky day Story

B. School days relay game

C. Whirligig making

  • Describe change and continuity over time in a community
  • develop listening skills
  • develop fine motor skills
Sussanah Place (only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Entrance fee applies). 4. Susannah Place visit

A. Students will undertake a guided tour of Susannah Place by Sydney Living Museum staff

  • Appreciate the way people lived and worked in the past
  • Understand changes in community and family life
Observatory Hill 5. Modern Period
A. ‘Brooke’s Birthday Surprise’ story
  • Compare and contrast present and past lifestyles, particularly their effects on the environment
 Studnets in Rotunda

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