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:
- Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the site study
- A whole day enquiry based study in The Rocks and on Goat Island
- 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
||Fieldwork in Action|
||1. Pre-visit Research
||2. Introductory presentation on The Rocks and Goat Island
||3. History Mystery Hunt
|Rocks Discovery Museum||4. Rocks Discovery Museum
||5. Goat Island Site Study
|In Classroom||6. Follow-up post site study report