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Aboriginal identity

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), HSIE, Tumut area

Overview

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Aboriginal identity is a school excursion for Stage 3 (Years 5-6) students in Kosciuszko National Park which focuses on HSIE. Many images and icons associated with Australia come from the identity, culture and life of Aboriginal people - like the boomerang, didgeridoo, art, music and bush tucker.

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Students learn how local plants, animals and materials are used in traditional culture. Hands-on activities may include making rope from tree fibres, baskets from local grasses or reeds, or a stone tool.

Aboriginal people have been walking the earth for thousands of years and continue to have a strong connection to country. Traditional practices, dreaming stories and spiritual beliefs play an important part in modern day life. 

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Key learning area HSIE
Student outcomes

HT3-1. Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia

HT3-2. Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time

GE3-2. Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments

Objectives

Students will:

  • Explore gender-appropriate artefacts and displays
  • Use natural resources to create their own artefacts
  • Taste seasonally available local bush foods and learn how they were collected
  • Compare the shelters traditionally used in summer and winter
  • Understand that these practices, customs and traditions illustrate Indigenous life and identity.

Excursion details

When
Weekdays all year.
Availability
Guided. Available on request. Subject to staff availability.

Aboriginal rangers from Kosciuszko National Park are also available to come to your school. Please phone (02) 9995 5142 for further details on in-school visits.

Where
Tumut area in Kosciuszko National Park
Duration
3-5 hr
Grading
Easy. Discovery ranger guided walk and activities on bush tracks and in the amphitheatre.
Price

$275 per group for a half day (3 hours), $375 per group for a full day (5 hours). Prices include GST. Maximum 25 students per group. For groups over 25 conditions apply.

Accessibility
Medium
Meeting point
Birrimal Waga Amphitheatre, Sydney Street, Tumut.
Booking
If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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Pipers Creek trail, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer