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

6th November, 2019 @ 9:00 am


06/11/2019 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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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. Uncle John Lochowiak will share Aboriginal understandings of scientific thinking and part of the workshop will include teachers sharing their experience at implementing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into their science classes. There will be a range of activities that workshop participants will be able to take back to their classes and their school.

“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 Group

Directors of Learning, Teachers of Year 3 to Year 6.


Uncle John Lochowiak
Monica Williams, AISSA
Lisa Day, Education Consultant


Registration for this event will incur a fee of $50.00 (GST inclusive) per participant.  This fee is invoiced after the event and is payable even if you do not attend on the day as AISSA will still incur cost.  If notice of cancellation is received before 30/10/2019 the fee will be waived.

Parking is available in nearby streets. Please refer to AISSA 128 Greenhill Road Parking Map

For all registration enquiries please contact the Rae Dawkins.

NB The date of this professional learning has changed since the publication of our 2019 Professional Learning booklet.


Bookings are closed for this event.