Quick summary: In this activity, children understand that plants and animals need water, and understand that Australian plants, animals and places have names given to them by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This activity is designed to give you an understanding of how to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into activities at your centre and to help you build your confidence in exploring this topic with children and families.
This activity forms part of the Caring For Country: Introductory Lessons and Themed Activities. It is recommended that you complete the Introductory Tuning in Lessons in this unit before sharing the Themed Activities with children.
- Collect a range of images that relate to the waterways in your local area (e.g. beach, creek, lake, pond) as well as any plants (e.g. gum trees, wattle, seagrass, reeds) and animals (e.g. magpies, frogs, seals, dragonflies, fish) that might be found in or around these water points. Print or have these images on a device ready to share with children. Where possible, try to find the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander names for these plants, animals or sites (see here for some suggested resources).
- Various art and craft materials depending on the type of artwork created.
|Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity||4. Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect|
|Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world||2. Children respond to diversity with respect|
|Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners||1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials
This activity has been developed with the support of the Philipps Foundation and the Thyne Reid Foundation.