In Year Four Gold, as part of our unit of work exploring the concept of identity, we have been learning about the events that occurred in Australia’s history that have shaped the current identity of our nation. We have learned how Aboriginal people, Australia’s first people, lived before the arrival of the British settlers.
Almost all Aboriginal people were semi-nomadic, meaning they would move from place to place. People would settle in a certain area and build or find some temporary shelter. They would hunt for food and find other necessities like medicines and water. After a period of time, the group would move to another place where there would be plenty of resources. This way of life meant that the land was never overused and plant and animal stocks were able to regenerate regularly.
Each Aboriginal culture would move around within a certain area of land, which was their homeland. Each group was deeply connected to its homeland country and knew all its plants, animals, watercourses and geographical features very well.
Although Aboriginal societies lived in their own areas of land, sometimes they also travelled further distances and in this way they came into contact with other groups. This helped the different cultures to form links with each other and to communicate news across the country.
As part of our learning we compared traditional Aboriginal housing to the houses we live in.
Working in groups of three, we imagined that we were living many years ago and we built a shelter using natural materials.
These are our finished products.
Matthew, Nicholas B and Ky
Caitlin, Luca D and Riya
Patrick, Taylah and Riley
Georgia, Venukesh and Bella
Kade, Ava and Oliver
Kelly, Teodoro and Mia
Luca R, Cohen and Nicholas B
Phoebe, Gisela and Alison
Nicole, Ruby and Ethan
Bailey, Hayley and Amali