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Perspectives: Cook 2020 - Stage 2

James Cook set off from England in 1769 to observe the transit of Venus and explore the ‘unknown southern land’. On board were naturalists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander who collected and recorded information about Australian native plants. Two hundred and fifty years later students will investigate the influence of these discoveries on modern day science and collect and record observations of their own plant species as the early naturalists did. They will also learn about Australia’s first scientists, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, by exploring knowledge sharing through stories and learn how Australia’s First Peoples utilised plants.

Stages

Stage 2: History, Science and Technology, Aboriginal Studies

Location

Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

Duration

2 hours

Cost

Click here. Minimum charges apply. Discounts apply for full day programs!
Excursion key themes:
  • The role of the naturalists (Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander) on board Captain Cook’s Endeavour
  • The voyage’s contribution to scientific knowledge
  • The knowledge of plants held by Aboriginal people
Students will....
  • Observe, classify and record plant species collected by Banks and Solander, using scientific methods: an early botanist’s perspective.
  • Record and represent plant features using Botanical Illustration: a modern scientist’s perspective.
  • Learn about plants through story: an Aboriginal perspective.
History Stage 2
HT2-1 identifies celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world
HT2-2 describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
HT2-3 describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
HT2-5 applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

Science Stage 2
ST2-4LW-S compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things
ST2-Working scientifically: Planning and Conducting Investigations
 
We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.