Little Green Steps WA recognises the importance of understanding and connecting to our country: Australia. A large part of that is learning about and respecting those who have managed this country for many, many years before western settlement.
Case Study - Coolbinia Primary School
Early childhood classes (K-3) at Coolbinia Primary School participated in a school wide Biological Science project focusing on butterflies.
This project showcased the embedding of the three Cross Curriculum Priorities:
· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
· Australia’s Engagement with Asia
in a wide range of Learning Areas:
· The Arts (See some of the artworks here, created with Noongar artists, Jade Dolman and Sharyn Egan)
Further information about this project may be viewed on the Coolbinia Primary School website
You may also contact Dr Elaine Lewis, Cross Curriculum Coach and Butterfly Project Coordinator
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
One way that you can start to embed these practices in your service is by having an Acknowledgement Of Country on display upon entry.
Here is an example of the City of Cockburn’s Acknowledgement Of Country.
Have you displayed a Six Seasons Calendar in your Service as a way of teaching your children about the First Peoples in Australia ? Click here to purchase a Noongar Six Season Calendar with plant pictures.
Activities you can do with this calendar include:
Learn the Noongar Season names with children and place everyone's birth dates on this 6 Season Calendar.
Learn the Names of Native Australian animals in Noongar language.
Extend children's learning by matching the Animal to the Season it is most active in.
Teach colours, weather and temperature using the Six Seasons Calendar.
Plant a Sensory Bush Tucker Garden based on the Six seasons Calendar - Contact Kwongan Kids for further information.
Inform yourself to make further connections.