Early Stage 1 - Stage 1: Dreaming and Living on the Land

Early Stage 1 - Stage 1: Dreaming and Living on the Land

Overview

Dreaming stories are an integral part of Aboriginal culture and Indigenous Australians are the pioneers of sustainable land use. In this workshop your students will be immersed in a natural environment and enjoy native animal encounters. This reinforces the importance of animals and Dreaming stories to Aboriginal people, their culture, and their connection to Country.

What's involved

This workshop will be delivered in the Backyard to Bush Amphitheatre or the Backyard to Bush House at Taronga Zoo Sydney and is also available at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. See below for further information.

At school

Australia is made up of many different Aboriginal nations. Learn about your local Aboriginal community and culture. Discuss Aboriginal words for places, animals and plants from your local area. Read Dreaming stores about animals you may see at the Zoo.

At the Zoo

Taronga Zoo SydneyTaronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Dreaming stories are an integral part of Aboriginal life, used to pass on knowledge and skills to children and adults alike. During the workshop, students will listen to Dreaming stories about various animals and learn more about the importance of these stories.When you arrive at the Zoo, be sure to look at the 'Welcome Rock'which was placed by the Wiradjuri people, the traditional owners of the land on which Taronga Western Plains Zoo sits.  Keep an eye out for the Aboriginal interpretation signs throughout the Zoo that have Dreaming stories on them. 

Outcomes

Early Stage 1

  • GEE-1 identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people
  • ENE-10C thinks imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, simple ideas and the basic features of texts when responding to and composing texts
  • ENE-11D responds to and composes simple texts about familiar aspects of the world and their own experiences
  • HTE-1 communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others

Stage 1

  • GE1-1 describes features of places and the connections people have with places
  • GE1-2 identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places
  • EN1-10C thinks imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts
  • EN1-11D responds to and composes texts about familiar aspects of the world and their own experiences
  • HT1-1 communicates an understanding of change and continuity in family life using appropriate historical terms
  • HT1-2 identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time
  • HT1-4 demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communications