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Encounters. Indigenous contact and culture: a classroom resource

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Curriculum links

Students from years 4–10 can explore and engage with activities aligned to the Australian Curriculum general capabilities and the Australian Curriculum: History, listed by year and learning area.  

Year 4
Curriculum Related activities
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSK083: The diversity of Australia's first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) All communities
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSK086: The nature of contact between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions on, for example, people and environments All communities
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSK084: The journey(s) of AT LEAST ONE world navigator, explorer or trader up to the late eighteenth century, including their contacts with other societies and any impacts
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSK089: The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Places, and how this influences views about sustainability
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACADAR008: Identify how the elements of dance and production elements express ideas in dance they make, perform and experience as audience, including exploration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance
Visual Arts, ACAVAM110: Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations
Visual arts, ACAVAR113: Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks, starting with visual artworks in Australia including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Year 5
Curriculum Region
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSK108: The impact of a significant development or event on an Australian colony
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSK107: The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants (including Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) and how the environment changed All communities
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSI097: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSK112: The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian Places
The Arts – Dance, ACADAR012: Explain how the elements of dance and production elements communicate meaning by comparing dances from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance

Visual Arts, ACAVAM114: Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent different views, beliefs and opinions
Visual Arts, ACAVAR117: Explain how visual arts conventions communicate meaning by comparing artworks from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks
Year 6
Curriculum Region
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSI125: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSK135: Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children
Humanities and Social Sciences, ACHASSK140: The world's cultural diversity, including that of its indigenous peoples All communities
The Arts – Dance, ACADAR012: Explain how the elements of dance and production elements communicate meaning by comparing dances from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance
Visual Arts, ACAVAM114: Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent different views, beliefs and opinions
Visual Arts, ACAVAR117: Explain how visual arts conventions communicate meaning by comparing artworks from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks
Year 7
Curriculum Region
History, ACDSEH148: The importance of conserving the remains of the ancient past, including the heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples All communities
Geography, ACHGK041: Economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region
The Arts – Dance, ACADAR019: Identify and connect specific features and purposes of dance from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their dance-making, starting with dance in Australia and including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Visual Arts, ACAVAM118: Experiment with visual arts conventions and techniques, including exploration of techniques used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent a theme, concept or idea in their artwork
Year 8
Curriculum Region
Geography, ACHGK049: Spiritual, aesthetic and cultural value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Economics and Business, ACHEK028: The traditional markets of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their participation in contemporary markets
The Arts – Dance, ACADAR019: Identify and connect specific features and purposes of dance from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their dance-making, starting with dance in Australia and including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Visual Arts, ACAVAM118: Experiment with visual arts conventions and techniques, including exploration of techniques used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent a theme, concept or idea in their artwork
Year 9
Curriculum Region
History, ACOKFH015: The nature and extent of the movement of peoples in the period 1750–1918 (slaves, convicts and settlers) All communities
History, ACDSEH020: The extension of settlement, including the effects of contact (intended and unintended) between European settlers in Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people All communities
History, ACDSEH085: The short and long-term impacts of the movement of peoples during this period All communities
The Arts – Dance, ACADAR026: Analyse a range of dance from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their dance making, starting with dance from Australia and including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider dance in international contexts
Visual Arts, ACAVAM125: Conceptualise and develop representations of themes, concepts or subject matter to experiment with their developing personal style, reflecting on the styles of artists, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists
Year 10
Curriculum Region
History, ACDSEH104: Background to the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for rights and freedoms before 1965, including the 1938 Day of Mourning and the Stolen Generations
History, ACHHS189: Evaluate the reliability and usefulness of primary and secondary sources All communities
History, ACHHS190: Identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past
Geography, ACHGK072: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of Australia
The Arts – Dance, ACADAR026: Analyse a range of dance from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their dance making, starting with dance from Australia and including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider dance in international contexts
Visual Arts, ACAVAM125: Conceptualise and develop representations of themes, concepts or subject matter to experiment with their developing personal style, reflecting on the styles of artists, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists