Early Settlement

                       First Fleet ship                             

A WebQuest for Year 4

Created by Mrs Aitchison

Outcomes

CCS2.1
Describes events and actions related to the British colonisation
of Australia and assesses changes and consequences.
ENS2.6
Describes people�s interactions with environments and
identifies responsible ways of interacting with environments.

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Scenario

The first settlement of Sydney was the result of the need to establish British colonies. Have you ever wondered what life was like for people who came on the First Fleet.
What were the important achievements, events and places in our early history?
Where there consequences of British colonisation for people and the environment? Do you think they were good or bad or a bit of both.
Life would have been very different for all the new settlers. What do you think life really like in the early settlement?

 

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Task

You will need to work as a group of eight.  Working in pairs you need to look at life in  the early settlement from the point of view of an aboriginal, a convict, a soldier and a settler. Then you need to report your findings to your group.
Finally each group of eight will need to give a presentation of their findings to the class. Even though you have worked in pairs to do your research, you will make your presentation as a group.
You could present your information as a play, as a power point presentation or as a topic talk.
You have four weeks to complete this task.

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Process

Step 1:
As a group, read through the scenario, task, assessment criteria and all of the steps in the process to familiarise yourself with what is required and allocate group roles.

Step 2:
Investigate key people from the various groups associated with the early British colonisation � governors, settlers, convicts, women, soldiers, Aboriginal people.
Use case studies of particular people to compare their life with others in the colony, eg Arabanoo, Bennelong, Elizabeth Macarthur, Francis Greenway, James Ruse, Richard Johnson, Mary Reiby, Pemulwuy.
You will need to look at life in the colony and consider the positive and negative aspects of living in early Sydney for the different group.

Step 3:

Look at Important events on our early history and First fleeters.  After reading this print the worksheet on People on the First Fleet and Food for the First Settlers and answer the questions.

After reading the article on the First Settlement and British Settlement you will need to fill out the following worksheets on Early days.

Completing these worksheets will help you understand what life was like in the First Settlement.

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Resources

Books

  • Simpson, Judith 1999. The shortest history of Australia Beginnings to Federation


Internet Sites

Arabanoo

http://www.cadigalwangal.com.au/profile.php?option=arabanoo

http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/barani/themes/popups/arabanoo.htm

Bennelong

http://www.cadigalwangal.com.au/profile.php?option=bennelong

http://www.dinkumaussies.com/..%2FABORIGINAL%2FBennelong.htm

Elizabeth Macarthur

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/australians/macarthu.htm

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~mghslib/projects/stwh04.html

Francis Greenway

http://www.dinkumaussies.com/ARCHITECTURE%2FFrancis%20Greenway.htm

http://www.hdhs.com.au/francis_greenway.shtml

James Ruse

http://www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/default.asp?iSubCatID=466&iNavCatID=138

Mary Reiby

http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/reiby.htm

http://www.rba.gov.au/CurrencyNotes/NotesInCirculation/bio_mary_reibey.html

http://www.bosnsw-k6.nsw.edu.au/hsie/bsvt/back01.html

Samuel Marsden

 

Convicts

http://home.kooee.com.au/jfmartin/Homepage/Family%20History/Rouse%20Family/Rouse%20familyhistory.htm

http://home.vicnet.net.au/~firstff/story.htm

http://www.convictcentral.com/index.html

http://www.convictcentral.com/

Sydney Cove

http://home.kooee.com.au/jfmartin/Homepage/Family%20History/Rouse%20Family/Rouse%20familyhistory.htm

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~tourism/sydney/history/sydhist1.html

 

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Assessment

  • Before your group presents its findings, ask yourselves these questions:
  • Have we worked co-operatively as a group? Are we prepared to give our answer? (practice!)
  • Is our presentation structured?
  • Do we need to prepare any resources?
  • Are our speaking roles evenly distributed?
  • Is the correct question being addressed?
  • What have we learnt? 


You will be assessed on the quality of your presentation.

Click here for the Assessment Rubric.

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Reflection

  • Would you liked to have been part of the First Settlement?
  • Which person would you have liked to have been and why?
  • If the people you have studied knew God as their Saviour write an example of a prayer that they would have prayed.

 

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