Science: New Australian Curriculum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Elaborations

25th August, 2020 @ 9:30 am


25/08/2020 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Educators and teachers will share how student learning of scientific concepts can be enriched by embedding perspectives from the First Australians.  This workshop will provide educators with practical and hands on ways of engaging primary school students in science.


This workshop is designed to provide teachers with an overview of the new ACARA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elaborations for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. As part of this workshop, teachers will have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of some of the ways these elaborations can be integrated into the Science curriculum. There are 31 new elaborations for Years 3 to 6 making a total of 36 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 integrated into learning designs.


 “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.



Uncle John Lochowiak

Monica Williams, AISSA


Target Group

Directors of Learning, Teachers of Years 3 to 6.


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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