Department of Education, Skills and Employment learning sequences

Learning sequence: Hints and secret instructions

What secret instructions did Cook receive when he disembarked England? Students examine the motives, actions and impact of Cook’s decision to ‘take possession’ of Australia.

Year level:

Year 9

Learning areas:

  • History
  • Ethical Understandings
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

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Learning sequence: Where in the world

How did Cook know where he was in the middle of the ocean? Students will investigate what technologies were used to measure time, current position information, Sun/Moon/star positions – and ultimately to calculate longitude at sea – before and during Cook's 1770s voyages.

Year level:

Years 9 to 10

Learning areas:

  • Mathematics

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Learning sequence: Visual snapshots

What messages can be portrayed in a picture? Students explore images of Cook as well of those of Aboriginal artists (then and now) to appreciate the ways in which images convey important ideas over time.

Year level:

Years 9 to 10

Learning areas:

  • History
  • English
  • Visual arts
  • Critical and creative thinking

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Other teacher resources

The National Museum of Australia’s Indigenous cultures and contact history page 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.