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 the idea that we all have different strengths and weaknesses. You will do this by participating in a range of challenges (‘obstacle courses’) with your family, based on various disciplines including sport, literacy, maths, design, science and coding. You will then discuss which ones were easier or more challenging and will think about how we can include and support each other to succeed.

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

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • playtime
  • get moving
  • brain teasers
  • think and connect

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Health and Physical Education, Critical and Creative Thinking, 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

Curriculum codes:

School-focused lesson: Including Everyone – Show Your Strength – HPE – Years 5 & 6.

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Activity Instructions - Overcoming Obstacles To Success

Part A: Exploring Diversity

Step 1. You will begin this activity by reading or listening to a story about a person named Temple Grandin, who faced a range of challenges when she was growing up.

If you have a copy of the book; The Girl Who Thought in Pictures - The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca, read it through on your own.

Or you can watch the book being read here:

The Girl Who Thought In Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca | Read Aloud for Kids | The Reading Booth (https://youtu.be/6wgBarZ5ytE)

Step 2. Once you have finished reading or listening to the story, take some time to reflect on the story using the following questions. You could record your answers in writing or discuss them with a parent/caregiver.

  • What were things Temple found difficult?
  • What helped her?
  • What made her successful?
  • What do you think is the main message of the text?

Throughout this process, consider the fact that while

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