These tools give teachers flexibility to choose objects and activities that suit their teaching styles and student interests. They also cater for a variety of classroom contexts and learning styles. The resources aim to bring significant items in our national collections together to tell diverse stories.
They support students’ historical skills, knowledge and understanding, as well as contributing to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures and the general capabilities of Intercultural Understanding.
Department of Education, Skills and Employment learning sequences
To acknowledge the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Endeavour, the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, has developed a package of eight rich learning sequences. These sequences consider the complex context of the voyage, the arrival of Europeans in Australia and their contacts with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Endeavour 250 sequences cover a range of subjects from Foundation to Year 10 and can be implemented using digital resources currently available online. The short inquiry-based learning sequences can be used as focused learning topics or integrated into longer units of work. Each sequence is linked to relevant content descriptions from the Australian curriculum, and deliver opportunities to develop content knowledge related to the voyage of the Endeavour as well as domain skills and knowledge in the focus subject.
Other teacher resources
The National Library of Australia’s Digital Classroom includes education materials and activities for students to bring treasures from a variety of collections to the classroom, including the Endeavour journal of Captain James Cook. The resources adopt an inquiry approach, allowing students to analyse sources, develop historical skills and draw their own conclusions about the Australian story.
The National Museum of Australia’s Endeavour Voyage curriculum-aligned education resources include student and teacher resources for years 3 to 6, and their Indigenous cultures and contact history page also has curriculum links and teacher resources for years 4 to 10.
The Australian National Maritime Museum’s resources for teachers and students encourage exploration of the Encounters 2020 program’s dual perspectives. To access these resources, visit the Encounters 2020 Education Resources page.