Sydney Living Museums, the public identity of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, brings 12 major heritage sites alive through exhibitions, publications, events, and education.
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This is a highly engaging teaching resource developed by the Historic Houses Trust of NSW in partnership with the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre. Once you click through to the interactive interface, there are different modules each with specific information, activities and teaching notes to implement in the classroom or in conjunction with excursions to Hyde Park Barracks or the Museum of Sydney.
For instance, the 'Journeys' module includes animated videos and timelines to teach about the First Fleet, while convict transportation is explored through different activities. A particularly interesting activity is for students to think about what they would pack if they were a convict being transported to Australia. This would encourage students to think about items that would help them survive in the early days of the colony. It also links to a numeracy outcome as part of the task is to review the dimensions of the box to work out the volume and how much the box would hold.
In the module 'Life at the barracks', students learn about the layout of the barracks, the living and working conditions for a convict and how punishment was carried out. Activities include writing a diary entry from the point of view of a convict assigned to kitchen duties, including illustrations, comments and feelings about the situation and life in the colony. Similarly, students could write a newspaper report on life in the barracks and what they can expect once they complete their sentence.
These modules provide great ideas to take students through the different experiences and interactions as a convict living and working during colonisation.