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.
Humanities and Social Sciences – History
The importance today of a historical site of cultural or spiritual significance in the local area, and why it should be preserved (ACHASSK045)
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.
Compare objects from the past with those from the present and consider how places have changed over time (ACHASSI039)
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)
How changing technology affected people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past) (ACHASSK046 )
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)
Humanities and Social Sciences - Geography
The idea that places are parts of Earth’s surface that have been named by people, and how places can be defined at a variety of scales (ACHASSK048)
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 (ACHASSK049
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.
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.
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
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.