Gambay - Languages map

Teachers' Notes

Year 2

English

Understand that spoken, visual and written forms of language are different modes of communication with different features and their use varies according to the audience, purpose, context and cultural background (ACELA1460)

  • Explore culturally specific greetings and expressions of politeness in the languages of the school community including local (and neighbouring) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. For example compare common greetings used in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages such as ‘Where are you from?’ ‘Where are you going?’
  • Consider different expressions of politeness and how they are different in every culture. E.g. explore the many different words for extended family relationships and respect terms used in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages etc.

History

The importance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial (ACHHK045)

  • Identify, in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, local sites, places and landscapes of significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (for example engraving sites, rock paintings, natural sites or features such as rock shelters, creeks or mountains as well as special meeting and hunting places or town camps)
  • Learn the local Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander names for places and add them to local area maps.

Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present (ACHHS051)

  • Identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place and street names in the local community and determine their origin and meaning (for example Teralba Park in Everton Park as well as Sorry Day plaques at Teralba Park, Everton Park, West End ; historical events such as Deadman’s Creek etc)

The impact of changing technology on people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated, and played in the past)(ACHHK046)

  • Research traditional toys used by different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and (where available and appropriate) learn their language names. For example Arrernte children learn to play string games so they can remember stories they have been told.
  • Learn some traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games and their language names in different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages (see Traditional Indigenous Games: Yulunga resource as an example)

Geography

The definition of places as parts of the Earth’s surface that have been given meaning by people, and how places can be defined at a variety of scales (ACHGK010)

  • Investigate the names and meanings of local features and places given by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and groups.

The ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples maintain special connections to particular Country/Place (ACHGK011)

  • Explore how some people have special connections to many Countries through, for example, marriage, birth, residence and chosen or forced movement. Explore the names of these countries and their languages.
  • Find out about the connections of local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples with the land, sea and animals of their place and learn some of the language names for these important parts of culture.

Mathematics

Name and order months and seasons (ACMMG040)

  • Explore local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander seasons, learn the names given to them and identify how they differ from the European season we have adopted: summer, autumn, winter, spring.
  • Invite local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share stories, knowledge’s and language about country in terms of the seasons in the local area.

Interpret simple maps of familiar locations and identify the relative positions of key features (ACMMG044)

  • Identify specific locations and features important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the local area. Locate them on maps and learn their names in language.
  • Consider how familiar locations and features can be represented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and groups in a range of ways e.g. through art, story, dance etc.

Science

Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)

  • Research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures expertise and language around finding and conserving water supplies, as well as their knowledge of construction of irrigation systems for their crops

People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)

  • Find out about the diverse ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and language groups use science to meet their needs, including food supply, environmental sustainability over generations, their knowledge and ability to allow the land to ‘farm’ to suit their needs.
  • Consider how we can continue to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through culture and language to care for our environment.