Science: Ancient Knowledge Meets Western Science, ELC – Year 2

6th September, 2021 @ 9:00 am


06/09/2021 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


This workshop is designed to provide teachers and educators from ELC to Year 2 with hands-on activities that will allow their students to explore scientific concepts which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have used for millennia. Presenters, in partnership with an Aboriginal Elder, will share how student learning of scientific concepts can be enriched by embedding perspectives from the First Australians.

As part of this workshop, you will be given an overview of the new ACARA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elaborations for Foundation to Year 2 with explicit links to the Early Years Learning Framework. Educators will have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of some of the ways these elaborations can be integrated into rich, scientific learning experiences. There are 14 new elaborations for Foundation to Year 2, making a total of 17 in the refined Science curriculum. We will focus in depth on a small number so that there are opportunities to consider how the concepts behind these Science activities can be transferred across learning areas. By exploring teaching strategies that sequentially expand a scientific concept from the ELC through to Year 2, educators will be able to consider a range of approaches to better equip them to differentiate learning.

“The elaborations acknowledge that Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have worked scientifically for millennia and continue to contribute to contemporary science. They are scientifically rigorous, demonstrating how Indigenous history, culture, knowledge and understanding can be incorporated into teaching core scientific concepts”. (ACARA 2018)

The refined Science curriculum now has 108 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elaborations, an increase of 95. These elaborations demonstrate the connection between the core Science concepts and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. The elaborations are spread over the three interrelated fields of the Science curriculum: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills.


Target audience: ELC Directors, ELC Educators, Directors of Learning, Teachers of Foundation to Year 2.

Delivery mode: Face to face

Uncle Tamaru Smith
Kirsty Porplycia, St Peter’s Girls’ School
Christopher O’Brien and Kimberly Capper, Pedare Christian College
Monica Williams, AISSA
Libby Worrell, AISSA



Due to current COVID-19 restrictions the AISSA is required to enforce set limits on the number of attendees for this event based on social distancing and maximum density rules.  To secure your place please complete the registration as attendance at the AISSA office without a confirmed place may result in being turned away if the event is at capacity.


There is no on-site parking available.  For parking options please refer to the parking map.  Tram stop #1 Greenhill Road is a 6-minute walk away.


For registration enquiries please contact Rae Dawkins.



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