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Connection and Country (Stage 1)

Students take a walk through the Fruit Loop garden, learning about bush foods, uses of plants in medicins, as tools and as weapons.

The lesson also teaches students about the importance of music, dance and stories as means of communication for Aboriginal People.

they will also learn about length of Aboriginal settlement in Australia and their unique connection to the land.

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Stage 1 Science, History & Human Society & Its Environment (HSIE)


Bowden Centre


2 hours


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"Fantastic and so engaging … the children really enjoyed the whole lesson."
Teacher, All Saints Grammar

What happens?

  • Take a walk through the Fruit Loop garden and learn about the traditional and contemporary uses of bush foods.
  • Examine plants that were used by original inhabitants 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:
  • Learn how music is an important means for communication for Aboriginal People, e.g., the didgeridoo
  • Explore communication methods used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to share ideas and information, e.g. dance, stories, music and art
  • Use terms relating to time to appreciate the length of Aboriginal settlement in Australia Engage with artefacts and identify a range of natural materials used by Aboriginal peoples.
  • Engage with artefacts and identify a range of natural materials used by Aboriginal peoples
  • Describe a variety of ways in which Aboriginal peoples have used or continue to use natural materials to make products that meet their needs; and
  • Identify a number of plants and plant parts used by Aboriginal people of Sydney and other parts of Australia.

Curriculum Links

  • Stage 1 - Science and Technology
    • Descrbies some sources of light and sound that they sense in their daily lives. (ST1-6PW)
    • Relates the properties of common materies to their use for particular puposes. (ST1-13MW)
    • Describes a range of familiar information sources and technologies and how their purposes influence their design. (ST1-15I)
    • Describes a range of manufactured products in the local environment and how their different purposes influence their design. (ST1-16P)
  • Stage 1 - History
    • `Communicates an understanding of change and continuity in family lifeusing appropriate historical term. (HT1-1)
    • Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication. (HT1-4)
    • Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time. (HT1-2)
    • Describes the effects of changing technology on people's lives over time. (HT1-3)
  • Stage 1
    • Communicates the importance of past and present people, days, and events in their life, in the lives of family and community members and in other communities. (HSIE CCS1.1)
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between environments and people. (ENS1.6)