Captain Cook

Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions


This VC explores why Captain Cook embarked on this journey and life on board the Endeavour

Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.

Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

 Flyer (pdf 490 KB)

Syllabus Outcomes

HT2-3 describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects

HT2-4 describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia


Key inquiry questions:

• Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?

• What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?

• Why did Europeans settle in Australia?

• What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

Bookings for VC sessions are made through DART Connections

Key words: visual literacy, drama, role play, scientific instruments, mapping