Forming Country

Students will investigate the Western understanding of the formation of either Wilpena Pound (Ilkura) or Parachilna and Branchina Gorges and the geological explanation of the formation of coal. They will learn about Adnyamathanha’s explanation of the formation of Country and creation of coal and the different names given to features of Country and what they reflect.

Cross Curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

A_TSICP1 First Nations communities of Australia maintain a deep connection to, and responsibility for, Country/Place and have holistic values and belief systems that are connected to the land, sea, sky and waterways.

A_TSIC1 First Nations Australian societies are diverse and have distinct cultural expressions such as language, customs and beliefs. As First Nations Peoples of Australia, they have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural expressions, while also maintaining the right to control, protect and develop culture as Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property.

A_TSIC2 First Nations Australians’ ways of life reflect unique ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing.

A_TSIC3 The First Peoples of Australia (Aboriginal Peoples) belong to the world’s oldest continuous cultures. First Nations Australians demonstrate resilience in the maintenance, practice and revitalisation of culture despite the many historic and enduring impacts of colonisation, and continue to celebrate and share the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures.

Curriculum Links

AC9E8LA01 recognise how language shapes relationships and roles

AC9E8LE01 explain the ways that ideas and points of view may represent the values of individuals and groups in literary texts, drawn from historical, social and cultural contexts, by First Nations Australian, and wide-ranging Australian and world authors

AC9E8LY08 apply learnt knowledge to spell accurately and to learn new words

AC9HG8K02 the location and distribution of Australia’s distinctive landscapes and significant landforms

AC9HG8K03 the spiritual, aesthetic and cultural value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Country/Place of First Nations Australians

  • AC9LC8U04 reflect on and explain how identity is shaped by language(s), culture(s), beliefs, attitudes and values
  • AC9S8U04 describe the key processes of the rock cycle, including the timescales over which they occur, and examine how the properties of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks reflect their formation and influence their use

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Unit Includes

  • 1 Focus Area
  • 3 Lessons



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