Welcome back to Term Three! We hope you all enjoyed having a little extra family time over the school break and are ready for another fun filled Kindy term! In the July school holidays, Australia celebrated NAIDOC Week from the 4th-11th of July. In Kindy this week we have dedicated a few sessions to learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
To foster our early understandings of Aboriginal culture we read, ‘How the Birds got their Colours’ by Mary Albert and Pamela Lofts. This story is based on the Aboriginal Dreaming story from the Bardi people of Broome, Western Australia. Sharing this text led to a class discussion about different colours of animals and then to the uniqueness of our own skin colours.
Last term during Reconciliation Week, we watched a very special Playschool episode called, ‘Walking Together’. This episode focused on our shared histories and building relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In this ABC episode, “Play School uses a trail of footprints in paint to help children conceptualise the passage of time. The changing space between Rachael and Hunter’s footprint trail, represents the journey of reconciliation”. www.abc.net.au/abckids/early-education/
Following these learning experiences, we decided to celebrate NAIDOC Week, by creating our own footprint display, Kindy Mob Walking Together. It symbolises our unity and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Together we walk on Country.