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Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

NSW Department of Education Teachers

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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.


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

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?

Students will:

  • explore historic life in the heritage listed National Park
  • explore aspects of the past and consider how people lived at different time periods – Aboriginal living, First contact, Alpha Farm and present day
  • consider the traditional Aboriginal use of these areas
  • dress up in period clothing from 1850s to 1900s
  • 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

Learning across the curriculum content:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Sustainability
  • Literacy


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