Explore colonial life, sustainability and First Peoples cultural practices in this Stage 1 education program at Old Government House.
Looking for an excursion that engages your students in role play, hands-on learning and in sharing their observations of past and present?
Old Government House is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of eleven convict sites in Australia. Located on Sydney’s doorstep in leafy Parramatta Park, students in Stage 1 will explore colonial life and consider: Why convicts came to New South Wales; Sustainability and First Peoples Cultural Practices; and how changes in technology have effected how people live over time.
Colonisation and Change – Old Government House
In the pre-visit lesson, students consider the concept of past and present. Students identify differences in time using events from the school day, and periods of development over time ( baby, toddler, student). This learning is extended by the completion of an unscaled timeline. Resources are provided and subject-specific terms in the lesson support student orientation as they prepare for their onsite visit to Old Government House.
During the on-site excursion at World Heritage Listed Old Government House, students travel back in time to our 1815’s classroom. They learn about the importance of Parramatta to First Nations People and contemplate convict life in the early colony.
In the Dharug room, students consider how cultural practices are intertwined with sustainability and reflect how everyone can help to Care for Country. Students discuss why people care for heritage places as they make connections between living with 1800’s technologies and how today’s technologies effect how we live today.
The post-visit lesson consolidates the topics of past and present, how students can help to Care for Country, and convict life in the early colony of New South Wales. Students reflect on these elements as they investigate provided resources, share observations and discuss perspectives.
Number of students: 60 max
Teachers: 1 per 10 students FOC (Max 4) extra adults are charged at the student rate
Duration: 90 minutes
Sessions: 10am – 11:30am & 12:30pm – 2pm
Cost: $14 or $22 joint ticket with Experiment Farm Cottage programs
Bookings: (02) 9635 8149
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