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Units of Work/Teaching Sequences

This teaching–learning sequence specifically addresses, through an earth science context, the Prescribed Focus Area content in the Science Years 7–10 Syllabus relating to Aboriginal perspectives in science. Teachers may choose to use this teaching-learning sequence as an introduction to a Stage 5 unit of work in their current school program. Alternatively, they may choose to develop a new unit based on this sequence to increase students’ understanding of traditional Aboriginal peoples’ knowledge of the environment.

Members of a local Aboriginal community should be invited to participate in the planning and, where appropriate, to assist in presenting parts of this teaching program. Valuing and drawing on the knowledge and understanding in the local Aboriginal community provides opportunities for schools and teachers to develop teaching–learning experiences that are more meaningful for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

The inclusion of parents and/or community members in the preparation and delivery of these teaching programs will assist in insuring that the material will more authentically reflect local Aboriginal history, culture and Indigenous knowledge systems. (link to Working with Aboriginal Communities)

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