Activity Introduction

Ensuring inclusive practises is not just about being helpful and supporting to others; it is a human right. Every member of the community has a responsibility and a role to play in ensuring that others receive this right. In this activity, you will explore how we are different on the ‘inside’ as well as the ‘outside’. You will then reflect on the importance of everyone being able to self-advocate and will explore an example of a situation in which making assumptions about the needs of an individual had a detrimental impact on their learning.

This activity is a great one to do together as a family. Children will need support to complete this activity.

Ideal for: Primary Ages 8 – 10

Themes:

  • be creative
  • think and connect

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Health and Physical Education, Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy, Personal and Social Capability.

Tips for Parents and Carers

Background information:

“Inclusion occurs when a diversity of people feel valued and respected, have access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute their perspectives and talents to improve their organisation” (source). Ensuring inclusive practises is not just about being helpful and supporting to others, it is a human right. Every member of the community has a responsibility and a role to play in ensuring that others receive this right.

This lesson has been developed in partnership with Down Syndrome Australia. Down Syndrome Australia was established in 2011 as the peak body for people with Down syndrome in Australia. Their purpose is to influence social and policy change, provide a national profile and voice for people living with Down syndrome, and to build resources and the knowledge capacity of the state and territory Down syndrome associations. They work collaboratively with the state and territory Down syndrome associations to achieve their vision of an Australia where people living with Down syndrome are valued, reach their potential and enjoy social and economic inclusion.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Resources Required

  • Two pieces of A4 paper
  • Blue marker pen/pencil/crayon
  • Red marker pen/pencil/crayon
  • Scrap paper

 

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first type of resources are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages. The second type of resources is self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

 

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Inside And Outside Me - Activity Instructions

Part A: We Are All Lovely

Step 1. Begin by watching the following story. As you watch, makes some notes or doodles about what you notice in the story.

Lovely - Learn English US - Stories for Children & Adults (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n3MMccuRbY)

Once the video finishes, talk to someone in your family about what you think might be the message of the story. Use your notes or doodles to remind you of what you noticed in the story.

We think this story is trying to tell us that we all appear different on the ‘outside’ and we are all different on the ‘inside’. For example, we all have different interests, emotional responses, wants and needs, and we all think differently.

Discuss the following questions with a parent/caregiver:

  • What do you think this story is about?
  • Do you think we are all different on the inside and the outside? Why or why not?

Step 2. With the help of a parent/caregiver, you will now complete an activi

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