Living Landscapes

This focus area concentrates on building an understanding of the fundamental connection between all things in Wägilak Country. It examines the relationship between story and Country by following Gandjaḻaḻa’s journey, listening to the voices and music of the Wägilak people and watching dance and ceremony.

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_TSIP1 Australia has 2 distinct First Nations Peoples; each encompasses a diversity of nations across Australia. Aboriginal Peoples are the first peoples of Australia and have occupied the Australian continent for more than 60,000 years. Torres Strait Islander Peoples are the First Nations Peoples of the Torres Strait and have occupied the region for over 4,000 years.

Curriculum Links

AC9E6LE03 identify and explain characteristics that define an author's individual style

AC9E6LE01 identify responses to characters and events in literary texts, drawn from historical, social or cultural contexts, by First Nations Australian, and wide-ranging Australian and world authors

AC9E6LA07 identify and explain how images, figures, tables, diagrams, maps and graphs contribute to meaning

AC9HP6P01 explain how identities can be influenced by people and places, and how we can create positive self-identities

AC9LC6C05 create and present informative and imaginative spoken, written and multimodal texts using a variety of modelled sentence structures to sequence information and ideas, textual conventions, familiar characters and/or Pinyin

AC9ADA6E02 explore the ways that First Nations Australians use dance to continue and revitalise cultures

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  • 1 Focus Area
  • 3 Lessons



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