This excursion has been organised for students in Stage 2, grades 3 and 4. The excursion will be taking place at The Royal Botanic Gardens with a focus on the rich Indigenous history and culture of Australia. The main focus for this excursion brings together outcomes and content from the Australian Curriculum and New South Wales Syllabus. In accordance with the cross curriculum priority “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories” students will be provided with opportunities to deepen their knowledge of Australia by engaging with the World’s oldest continuous living culture, their connection to Country and Place and the implications for their daily lives. Students in stage 2 will use skills of historical and scientific inquiry to investigate a wide variety of local native plants which were integral in the life of the first Australians.
During the lesson at the Royal Botanic Garden, Aboriginal Education Officers will guide students through the Cadi Jam Ora: First Encounters award-winning garden display that interprets the Aboriginal cultural heritage of the Royal Botanic Garden. The 50 meter sculptural ‘storyline’ tells the Aboriginal history of Sydney from The Dreaming to the present. This garden gives insight into the first encounters between the early settlers and the traditional Indigenous inhabitants (Royal Botanic Garden Sydney [RBGS], 2016). They will also provide students with a personal perspective of how indigenous people of the Sydney area used plants for