Term 4 – Week 7 – 20th November 2020
ALWAYS WAS. ALWAYS WILL BE.
Last week was NAIDOC WEEK! A special time to recognise and celebrate Australia’s First Nations People. In Pre-Primary we continue our discussions and learning journey about the First Australians and the sacred land that we walk on here – Whadjuk Noongar land. This year’s NAIDOC WEEK theme acknowledges that our First Nations People have lived and cared for this continent for over 65, 000 years. The footprints of this land, Australia, were that of our First Nations People.
We read some big books about Australian bush and sea animals. We discussed the meaning of the word “billabong” and we examined the illustrations, taking into account the patterns created and earthy colours used in the artworks. We talked about common themes in traditional indigenous artworks. The children chose an Australian animal from our text and composed their own artwork. We also used earth coloured tones when we painted our drawings. We have been learning about Fiction and Non-Fiction texts and how to distinguish between them, so the children are now writing a short factual account about their chosen Australian animal – this will accompany their final art work.
As parents and educators, we all have such an important role in promoting reconciliation and teaching our young children to respect, value and learn from our First Nations People. This is important to build cultural competence, promote tolerance, inclusivity of all people and their cultures as well as to teach the true history of Australia.
The following video is for parents to view. Sheila Humphries tells her story:
The Pre-Primary children are so good at their writing now! We are very proud of how far they have come with their development. During NAIDOC WEEK the children examined the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander flags. They wrote about what the symbols and colours on the flags mean.
Keep raising awareness, building knowledge and making positive connections!
Love from Miss Bombardieri, Mrs Poinen & all the PP’s!