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How Indigenous ecological practices can help reduce emissions 
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Foundation English & HASS – Stories, families, places: belonging forever and ever

Students use story books, songs and videos to explore the importance of place and family in First Nations stories. Students look at past and present First Nations stories and explore texts that relate to place, family and belonging. Students reflect with their families on their own stories embedded in place and create their own texts.
ACELT1575, ACHASSI002, ACHASSK017
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Foundation Science & HASS – Caring for Country: how Indigenous scientific observation and cultural practices support ecosystems

This unit explores the special, reciprocal relationship First Nations Peoples have with Country. It investigates how Indigenous scientific knowledge, gained through observation of the environment, has informed cultural and land management practices for millennia enabling the land, sea, plants, animals and humans to survive and thrive.
ACHASSK016, ACSHE013
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Year 1

Y1 English, HASS & Drama – First Nations societies before colonisation: Dreaming, living, using waterways

Dreaming is reflected in stories and beyond to give meaning to the world. Students work with Dreaming stories, including creating tableaux in a drama activity. Students find evidence of pre-colonisation engineering, aquaculture and trade economies to learn about First Nations practices and to reflect on sustainability for a shared future.
ACHASSK031, ACHASSK033, ACELY1655, ACADRR0289
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Y1 Science, HASS & Visual Arts – How Indigenous knowledge is represented and communicated through art and design

Students explore the diversity of Indigenous art, analysing how symbols, patterns, shape and colour are used to record and communicate cultural, spiritual, historical and geographical knowledge. Students explore how to use these same design components to communicate information about their own lives within their local landscape.
ACSIS029, ACHASS1024, ACAVAR109
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Y1 Science & HASS – Observing and living with the seasons

This unit guides learners to explore seasons, both Western and Indigenous, through observation, community research, hands-on activities and critical thinking. Indigenous seasonal knowledge was essential in the past for living well, and remains important today in order to live with and look after Country for future generations.
ACSHE021, ACHASSK032, ACSSU019, ACHASSI019
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Year 2

Y2 Science & HASS – Living things: making connections with the world around us

This scientific investigation into living things explores reciprocity between Country and First Nations Peoples. Students learn about local plants and animals through observation, data collection and research; and unpack sophisticated belief, kinship and knowledge systems some First Nations people use to understand and care for Country.
ACSSU030, ACSIS037, ACSHE034, ACHASSK049
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Y2 Maths & HASS – Grouping, partitioning, rearranging and measuring distance in everyday life

Students learn how to group, partition and rearrange numbers up to 1000 in the context of story and everyday life, such as when measuring distance. Students learn about standard and non-standard partitioning; the latter is an important precursor for learning division. Students learn to pose questions about people, places and events.
ACMNA028, ACHASSI034, ACHASSI040
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Y2 English & HASS – Exploring texts by Indigenous authors

Students explore connection to Country and place through Indigenous stories, including Dreaming stories and those by contemporary Indigenous authors. Students use stories to explore the language features of texts and oral storytelling.
ACELA1460, ACELT1591, ACHASSI035, ACHASSI041, ACHASSK048
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Y2 HASS & Science – Indigenous toys used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Students learn about the types of toys used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, methods used in making them, and the push and pull forces involved in using them. Students design and make a toy boat using sustainable materials and race them to test their designs.
ACHASSK046, ACSSU031, ACSSU033
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Year 3

Y3 Science, HASS & Health and PE – Heat transfer – now we’re cooking!

Students explore heat and heat transfer, identifying examples in their everyday lives, and observe cooking methods at home as examples of heat transfer. Students learn about First Nations cooking methods to better understand the cultural importance that‘s woven into the cooking and sharing of food in many communities.
ACSSU049, ACSIS053, ACSIS054, ACHASSK062, ACHASSI059, ACPPS042
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Y3 HASS – Australian flags and significant dates

Students explore what flags, symbols and significant dates represent in Australia. Through exploring stories told by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, students identify different perspectives on significant events.
ACHASSI056, ACHASSK064
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Y3 HASS – Putting the YOU in community

Students explore community participation and how to actively contribute as an ally to First Nations communities. Through examining history from First Nations perspectives and learning how to determine fact from opinion, students create a plan to support a First Nations cause.
ACHASSK072, ACHASSI060, ACHASSI056
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Y3 HASS & Visual Arts – Where we live: mapping Country

Students are guided to see the different ways maps can represent place and learn conventions of mapping, such as BOLTSS. They identify boundaries and territories of geographical and political regions and First Nations language groups. Through the Ngurrara Canvas and other art, students also explore ways First Nations people map Country.
ACHASSK066, ACHASSI057, ACAVAM110
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Year 4

Y4 Science, HASS & Design and Tech – Properties of materials

Students investigate properties of natural materials through investigation, experiments and research. They learn how First Nations Peoples apply scientific knowledges to create tools, clothing and artworks. Students learn how the diversity of Australia’s materials defines the design of everyday items.
ACSSU074, ACHASSK083, ACTDEK010, ACTDEK011, ACTDEK013
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Y4 English & HASS – Indigenous languages and Standard Australian English: influences and impacts

Students explore the diversity of Indigenous languages in Australia and how they’ve shaped the Standard Australian English used today. Students look at the historical context of European records of Indigenous languages, and consider how colonisation and the loss of Indigenous languages has impacted First Nations people and Country.
ACELA1487, ACHASSK083, ACHASSK086
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Y4 HASS & Drama – First contact

Students investigate peoples and events at the time of first contact between First Nations and British people. Students reflect on the ongoing impact of British colonisation, and through role play they act out past events, considering different perspectives and worldviews.
ACHASSK086, ACHASSI080, ACADRM031, ACADRM032
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Y4 Maths & HASS – Enough for me, enough for Country: sustainability using fractions and Indigenous lore

Students investigate fractions, mixed numbers and counting by halves and thirds. They develop geographical understandings about Indigenous custodial responsibility and sustainable resource use. This leads to reflection on our shared responsibility for the present and future and connects numeracy to human wellbeing.
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Year 5

Y5 HASS – Expanding the colony

Students learn how, in the early 1800s, European colonists sought a passage across the Blue Mountains to find resources for the growing colony at Sydney Cove. Students analyse sources, including diaries and art, to explore how expanding the colony impacted both First Nations Peoples and colonisers at Sydney Cove and their local area.
ACHASSK108, ACHASSK120, ACHASSI009
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Y5 Science & HASS – Sustainable solutions: how Indigenous knowledge can lead to better land and water management in Australia

Students explore sustainable Indigenous resource management practices. Students engage with perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples about how relationship to Country shapes decision-making, and they examine a geographical site to show how the environment was altered to sustain ways of living.
ACSHE083, ACHASSK120, ACHASSK112
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Year 6

Y6 HASS – A timeline of Indigenous resistance

This resource combines ACHASSI125 and ACHASSK135 to examine Indigenous resistance in Australian history, looking at the lack of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ rights and how this changed over time. History is broken up into eras, and short, relevant examples are given for students to explore under teacher direction.
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Y6 HASS – The negotiation of native title

This resource combines ACHASSK137 and ACHASSI129 for a blended civics/history activity. Students learn about the complex concept of native title, an important matter for many First Nations communities. They examine how negotiation is a key part of communities applying for native title.
ACHASSK137, ACHASSI129
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Y6 HASS – Analysing maps and statistics

This resource combines ACHASSI128 and ACHASSI123. It‘s designed to show the effects of the past by examining contemporary statistics and data about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Students research and analyse case studies where the past has influenced the present – language, population distribution and racism.
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Y6 HASS – Examining sources relating to Australia’s Federation and Constitution

This resource combines ACHASSK134 and ACHASSI126. Students analyse sources to investigate Federation and the related stereotyping and over-generalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Students explore the Constitution, the lack of Indigenous voices in its development, and the ongoing fight for recognition.
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Year 7

Y7 HASS – Indigenous spirituality within Australia‘s multi-faith society

Students explore Australia as both a secular nation and a multi-faith society. They learn about the diversity of Indigenous spiritualities that have existed in Australia for many thousands of years, and the introduction of different religions, particularly Islam and Christianity. Students consider freedom of religion as a human right.
ACHASSK196, ACHCK051
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Australians Together Learning Framework

Take a deep dive into the Learning Framework and explore our vast array of First Nations stories, activities, resources, and more. Curate your own customised learning journey to unlock the truth of our past, prompt reflection about our present, and inspire meaningful action that will bring about a brighter shared future for our nation. 

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The Wound

Injustice from the impact of colonisation.

Discover our curated collection of stories, articles and statistics that expose the injustices at the heart of our nation.

Something’s not right

Who are Indigenous Australians?

First Nations disadvantage in Australia

Intergenerational trauma

The lack of treaty

The Intervention

Bob's story

Losing home Iris's story

Miliwanga's story

Separation  Ruth's story

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Why Me?

What’s it got to do with me?

Examines why this is relevant to every Australian.

Browse articles and stories that explore the ways we’re all connected, and what this means for us as Australians, collectively and individually.

What does this have to do with me?

Australia Day: answers to tricky questions

 Busting the myth of peaceful settlement

What's the fuss about Jan 26?

Mabo and Native Title

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Our Cultures

Everyone has culture. Know about your culture and value the culture of others.

Dive into stories and articles that explore the significance of culture and its role in building a better future together.

Welcome to and Acknowledgement of Country

Why are culture and identity important?

The importance of land

First Nations kinship

Aboriginal Spirituality

Bob's story

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My Response

Steps we can take to build a brighter future.

Find inspiration in stories and articles that show even little steps can lead to big change when we do things together.

What can I do?

Fiona's story

Mark's story

Connecting locally with First Nations communities

Attending First-Nations-led events

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