Department of Education, Skills and Employment learning sequences

Learning sequence: First contact

What happened during first contact between the Endeavour crew and Aboriginal peoples? Students explore and assess events that unfolded at Kamay (Botany Bay) and Waalumbaal Birri (Endeavour River).

Year level:  

Years 3 to 4

Learning areas:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

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Learning sequence: Live from the deck of the Endeavour

How might those on the Endeavour have described their experiences with Cook? This sequence is intended to supplement the ‘First contact’ sequence, and to draw on students’ previous research.

Year level:

Year 4

Learning areas:

  • English
  • Critical and Creative Thinking

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Other teacher resources

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.

Year 3

The Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences for Year 3 students focuses on ‘diverse communities and places and the contribution people make’. Key Concepts include the ‘importance of Country/Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples (significance, perspectives, empathy), and how and why their community has changed (continuity and change, cause and effect)’.

The resource Connections to Country on the National Library of Australia’s Digital Classroom explores ‘the importance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to a local area’.

Year 4

The Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences for Year 4 students ‘focuses on interactions between people, places and environments over time and space and the effects of these interactions’. In Year 4, students study specific content relating to ‘European exploration and colonisation in Australia and elsewhere up to the early 1800s and life for Indigenous Australians pre and post contact’.

The resource First Peoples on the National Library of Australia’s Digital Classroom looks at the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal Peoples to Country/ place (land, sea, waterways and skies), and the nature of contact between them and Europeans.

The resource Endeavour voyage on the National Library of Australia’s Digital Classroom explores Lieutenant James Cook’s handwritten journal documenting the voyage of HMB Endeavour from 1768 to 1771.

The National Museum of Australia’s Indigenous cultures and contact history page also has curriculum links and teacher resources for years 4 to 10.