8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Students will recreate Sydney Cove as a final product of their historical research and inquiry through a Unit of Work on Stage 2 First Contacts.
July 10, 2018
Sydney Cove by 4Q (In Progress)
Sydney Cove currently in progress by 4Q Class of 2018
What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?
Why did Europeans settle in Australia?
This lesson can be incorporated into any Stage 2 First Contacts Unit of work. The historical research and inquiry in the unit will culminate into the final product of recreating their own historically accurate version of Sydney Cove.
• Watch the following video of a historian describing the building the first colony at Sydney cove - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwqmr50wdis
• Explain to students that the First Fleet had very little building materials despite what the Officers from England had planned to be the colony that would be built and instead, it became a massive sprawl of tents and smaller structures.
• Read the following text and identify that possible materials that the first colony had access to use in building:
Scattered among rocks and trees above the foreshore were grimy clusters of canvas tents, makeshift shelters and huts, some of which were clad in cabbage palm leaves, others in twigs and clay.
Further afield were rudimentary farming plots and gardens, along with sandstone quarries, sawpits and shingle-cutting camps where the convicts worked every day. On the town’s southernmost outskirts was a muddy field where clay was dug for brickmaking. In coming years Sydney’s buildings would owe much to this increasingly productive brickfield.
In an effort to create order, future streets and building allotments had been pegged out while tentative plans for a hospital, jail, court and church were taking shape. The first building to be finished was an observatory for the lieutenant William Dawes, perched at the end of the rocky western ridge soon to be known as Dawes Point.
• Explain to students that they will be recreating a historically accurate version of Sydney Cover in Minecraft:Education Edition. In building this, they will need to consider many things such as the landscape of Sydney Cover at the time of the First Fleet’s arrival, the differences between the convict tents and buildings where marines and officers would live in. Students will need to justify what materials they have used in the building of their convict colony based on the text above and background knowledge (e.g. steel and glass would not have been used as that material didn’t exist whereas sandstone or cobblestone may be used as the above text mentions sandstone quarries).
• Provide students the following images of Sydney cove as inspiration:
• Students can build their version of Sydney Cove in a flat, Creative map in Minecraft:Education Edition that the teacher creates or they can create their own colonies individually (based on teacher preference).
• Students can then walkthrough each other’s colonies by joining their world or share the class world with other students in the school.
• Students can add characters from their research as NPCs in the world - e.g. Lieutenant William Dawes placed in the Observatory.