Science: Ancient Knowledge Meets Western Science ELC -Year 6

23rd June, 2022 @ 8:45 am


23/06/2022 - 8:45 am - 12:00 pm


This workshop is designed to provide teachers and educators from ELC to Year 6 with hands-on activities that will allow their students to explore scientific concepts which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have used for millennia. Teacher presenters, in partnership with an Aboriginal Elder, will share how student learning of scientific concepts can be enriched by embedding perspectives from our First Australians.  This professional learning supports the AITSL 1.4 and 2.4 professional standards for teachers and provides guidance in how educators can embed First Nations’ perspectives in exciting and innovative ways into classroom learning that promotes reconciliation.

As part of this workshop, participants will be given an overview of the ACARA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elaborations Foundation – Year 6 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. This workshop will focus in depth on some of the elaborations and 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 6, 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 Science curriculum has over the years increased the number of elaborations that 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 – Year 6 educators, directors of learning, Science and STEM coordinators

Delivery mode – face to face

Presenters – Uncle Tamaru, Kate Mount, Specialist Reconciliation Consultant, AISSA, Monica Williams, Senior Educational Consultant, AISSA, St Peter’s Girls’ School ELC, Pulteney Grammar School, Immanuel College and Southern Montessori School


For registration enquiries please contact Rae Dawkins.

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.


Bookings are closed for this event.