Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) - A statutory authority responsible for management of prime Sydney Harbour foreshore land between Garden Island and White Bay.
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This link is to The Rocks Dreaming primary level excursion. The program itself is tailored to the HSIE NSW curriculum.
The excursion itself is focused on the connection between the history of the Rocks before non-Indigenous contact and the modern day. This has very obvious connections with the outcome I am working with and is pedagogically significant in that it is an area the students would be familiar and therefore more likely to be invested in (McInerney etal, 2010).
I would recommend further contact with the center and questioning to ascertain the level of input from actual members of the Indigenous community in the excursion activities. Being a government funded and endorsed program one would assume the information would be balanced, sensitive and accurate with input from the Indigenous community.
The website does provide some worksheets for use in the classroom either prior or after the excursion, there are not any for use on the excursion itself. Therefore teachers need to be more mindful about assessment.
Assessment: in order to assess the students on their understanding of the similarities and differences between The Rocks today and The Rocks as they were I would separate the class in two groups; one group is to draw or paint their impression of what The Rocks would have looked as described in the tour and the other half draw or paint The Rocks as they know them today. Encourage the students to use things such as grass, sticks, paddlepop sticks and the like to add extra texture and depth to the pictures.
I would then have the two halves find a partner in the opposite group and compare their paintings. Assess the students based on their understandings of the differences and similarities between the images.
Literacy: have the partners share with the class one major difference between the past and present day Rocks to practice meet talking and listening outcomes in the NSW syllabus.