The Rocks / Goat Island Site Study

 – a History Site Study to support Stage 4 & 5 History

The Rocks and Goat Island Site Study’ is a History Site Study that focuses on the heritage precincts of The Rocks and Goat Island and their important role in the grown and development of the NSW colony.

The Site study can be used for:

  • Stage 4 Depth Study 6d: Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact
  • Stage 5 Depth Study 1b The movement of peoples

The study is an inquiry-based examination of these historically significant locations and is integrated with topic content as a way for students to acquire History knowledge, skills, values and attitudes from experience in the field. The study enables students to understand their historical environment, actively participate in historical inquiry, interpret the past and recognise how human occupation and use of the sites has changed over time. The study will enhance understanding of the historical context in which changes have occurred and help to create and nurture a lifelong interest in history.

The study has three main components:

  1. Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the site study
  2. A whole day enquiry based study in The Rocks and on Goat Island
  3. Follow up activities to reinforce and enhance historical knowledge and skills

During the site study, students will:

  • Visit Customs House to view an introductory presentation about the sites and locate the study sites on a model of the city.
  • Use ipads to complete an ‘amazing race’ style historical enquiry about significant people and locations relevant to the topic
  • Visit the Rocks Discovery Museum to learn about local indigenous people, colonisation and contact
  • Visit Goat Island on a guided tour with a NPWS Ranger to view historical sites associated with Aboriginal and convict settlement.

Cost: $50 program pack, $13.40 student return ferry to Goat Island, $167 NPWS Ranger led tour of Goat Island (approx. $21 per student for a class of 30)

Enquiries: Phone: Observatory Hill EEC on 9247 7321 email: [email protected]

Any new scheme teacher accompanying students on an excursion with Observatory Hill EEC can choose to be accredited with 5 hours of professional learning through the Non-Registered Course NR04228 – ‘Fieldwork for Secondary Teachers

 

The centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the NSW National Parks and wildlife Service

Summary of Learning Sites, Activities and Student Outcomes

Learning Site Activity Student Outcomes

  • Students will be able to:
Fieldwork in Action
In classroom
1. Pre-visit Research

  • Students undertake background research on The Rocks and Goat Island from secondary sources to prepare for fieldwork investigation.
  • inquiry-based examination of an historically significant location.

 

Customs House
2. Introductory presentation on The Rocks and Goat Island

  • Students listen to an introductory presentation on The Rocks and Goat Island
  • Recall the nature of early British contact with Aboriginal peoples
The Rocks
 
3. History Mystery Hunt

  • Students complete a mystery hunt throughout The Rocks using ipads

 

  • identify significant people places and events related to Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact and the movement of  peoples.

 

Rocks Discovery Museum 4. Rocks Discovery Museum

  • Students view historical artifacts from selected time periods to learn about the history of The Rocks over time from Gadigal lands, colonial settlement, port activities and modern history.
  • undertake an inquiry-based examination of an historically significant location.
  • interpret the past and recognise how human occupation and use of the site has changed over time Appreciate the heritage value of the suburb and describe factors causing change in the community.
Goat Island
 
5. Goat Island Site Study

  • Students visit Goat Island to learn about historically significant people, places and events associated with the island’s history.
  • undertake an inquiry-based examination of an historically significant location.
  • interpret the past and recognise how human occupation and use of the site has changed over time Appreciate the heritage value of the suburb and describe factors causing change in the community.

 

In Classroom 6. Follow-up post site study report

  • Students complete a historical report on the life of a convict or aboriginal using primary and secondary data gathered.
  • use a variety of sources to investigate and report on the changing way of life of a convict, emancipists or  free settler

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