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Aboriginal People and Plants (Stages 2 and 3)

Your students will investigate a wide variety of local native plants which were integral in the life of the first Australians. In this lesson, Aboriginal Education Officers will provide a personal perspective of how indigenous people of the Sydney area used plants for food, medicine, tools and weapons, giving students a unique opportunity to meet and interact with members of our indigenous communities.

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Stages 2 & 3 Science & Technology, History & Human Society & Its Environment (HSIE)


Bowden Centre


2 hours


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What happens?

  • Take a walk through the Fruit Loop garden and learn about the traditional and contemporary uses of native plants.
  • Examine plants that were used by the original custodians for food, medicine, tools and weapons.
  • Experience the kinds of objects made from these plants as well as other aspects of Aboriginal culture. 

Students will... 

  • Engage with tools, weapons and plants to discover how important Country is to Aboriginal people
  • Identify a number of plants and plant parts used by Aboriginal people of Sydney and other parts of Australia.


  • Natural Environment
    • ​Identifies the basic needs of living things. (STe-8NE)
  • Working Scientifically
    • Explores their immeidate surroundings by questioning, observing using their senses and communicating to share their observations and ideas. (STe-4WS)
"Thank you for a fabulous lesson. The children were totally engaged and learnt so much."
Teacher, St Philip Neri Catholic Primary, Northbridge