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Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

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Stage 1 - History - The Past in the Present

Stage 1 history


Kamay Botany Bay EEC

Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell

Students will gain an understanding how this site was used in the past by Aboriginal people and the people who first started farming here in the 1800s. Visiting the farm house and dressing up in olden days clothes the students will complete their chores before playing some old fashioned games. They will work together to create a class narrative in a scrapbook.

Key Inquiry Questions

  •  What aspects of the past can you see today?
  •  What do they tell us?
  •  What remains of the past are important to the local community? Why?
  •   How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?

Key syllabus Outcomes

HT1-2 identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time

HT1-3 describes the effects of changing technology on people's lives over time

HT1-4 demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

On the day activities

Kamay Botany Bay National Park provides an excellent opportunity for students to explore historic life in the heritage listed National Park. They will explore aspects of the past and consider how people lived at different time periods – Aboriginal living, First contact, Alpha Farm and present day. They will also consider the traditional Aboriginal use of these areas. There will be an opportunity for all students to dress up in period clothing from 1850s to 1900s. Students will examine objects and evidence of Aboriginal use of the land in the past, the arrival of Captain Cook and the use of the land for farming, including the Alpha Farm house.

During the day the students will work with their teacher to create a class historical narrative. They will collect authentic evidence to include in the scrapbook during their visit.

The scrapbook can be used to capture words, sentences, feelings, drawings, crayon rubbings etc that reflect some of their experiential learning during the day.

The class kit contains one scrapbook with 4 sections:

  1. Aboriginal living
  2. First contact
  3. Alpha Farm
  4. Present....now

The kit also has crayons, jotting paper, a glue stick and pencils.

Teachers will be asked to bring a camera, ipad or phone to take pictures during the day. The images could be included in the scrapbook back at school.

Every class scrapbook will be different as it should reflect the experiences and the learning undertaken by the students.

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