Middens on Pondi

Students will build an understanding of the clay middens found on Wamba Wamba Country. They will listen to Traditional Custodian Uncle Ron Murray talk about clay middens and the cooking process.

Cross Curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

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.

The First Peoples of Australia are the traditional owners of Country/Place, protected in Australian Law by the Native Title Act 1993 which recognises pre-existing sovereignty, continuing systems of law and customs, and connection to Country/Place. This recognised legal right provides for economic sustainability and a voice into the development and management of Country/Place.

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.

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

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.

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.

The significant and ongoing contributions of First Nations Australians and their histories and cultures are acknowledged locally, nationally and globally.

Curriculum Links

AC9HS2K01 a local individual, group, place or building and the reasons for their importance, including social, cultural or spiritual significance

AC9HS2K02 how technological developments changed people’s lives at home, and in the ways they worked, travelled and communicated

AC9HS2K03 how places can be spatially represented in geographical divisions from local to regional to state/territory, and how people and places are interconnected across those scales

AC9HS2K04 the interconnections of Australian First Nations Peoples to a local Country/Place

AC9HS2S01 develop questions about objects, people, places and events in the past and present

AC9HS2S02 collect, sort and record information and data from observations and from provided sources, including unscaled timelines and labelled maps or models

AC9HS2S03 interpret information and data from observations and provided sources, including the comparison of objects from the past and present

AC9HS2S04 discuss perspectives related to objects, people, places and events

AC9HS2S05 draw conclusions and make proposals

AC9HS2S06 develop narratives and share observations, using sources, and subject-specific terms

AC9S2U03 recognise that materials can be changed physically without changing their material composition and explore the effect of different actions on materials including bending, twisting, stretching and breaking into smaller pieces

AC9S2H01 describe how people use science in their daily lives, including using patterns to make scientific predictions

AC9S2I01 pose questions to explore observed simple patterns and relationships and make predictions based on experiences

AC9S2I02 suggest and follow safe procedures to investigate questions and test predictions

AC9S2I03 make and record observations, including informal measurements, using digital tools as appropriate

AC9S2I04 sort and order data and information and represent patterns, including with provided tables and visual or physical models

AC9S2I06 write and create texts to communicate observations, findings and ideas, using everyday and scientific vocabulary

AC9E2LA05 navigate print and screen texts using chapters, tables of contents, indexes, side-bar menus, drop-down menus or links

AC9E2LA08 understand that images add to or multiply the meanings of a text

AC9E2LE01 discuss how characters and settings are connected in literature created by First Nations Australian, and wide-ranging Australian and world authors and illustrators

AC9E2LY02 use interaction skills when engaging with topics, actively listening to others, receiving instructions and extending own ideas, speaking appropriately, expressing and responding to opinions, making statements, and giving instructions

AC9E2LY07 create, rehearse and deliver short oral and/or multimodal presentations for familiar audiences and purposes, using text structure appropriate to purpose and topic-specific vocabulary, and varying tone, volume and pace

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Unit Includes

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  • 3 Lessons



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