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Aboriginal Family Heritage - Early Stage 1


Step back in time and explore the similarities and differences between families today and Aboriginal family heritage. Students will discuss their own families and compare this to the experiences and structures of Aboriginal families both past and present through food, shelter and everyday household objects.  

Learning Activities

  • Students will participate in a matching game, comparing the features of objects used by Aboriginal families in the past and present with everyday household objects used today. 
  • Explore the Cadi Jam Ora Garden to discover plants that were used for food by Aboriginal People and compare the types of meals that families prepare to commemorate events. 
  • Students will also examine a Gunya and discuss how shelters used by Aboriginal families in the past differ from their houses today. As part of this discussion, students will also participate in a family tree activity – comparing the family structures and oral histories of Aboriginal families with their own. 


Early Stage 1 History and Science


Rathborne Lodge


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Students will compare their family heritage with the heritage of others 

  • Identify similarities and differences between individuals and families as well as distinguish between past, present and future 

  • Understand important events in their own lives and how these commemorations may differ across cultures and time 

  • Explore how plants and animals have been used for food by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and compare to their personal experiences of food 

  • Identify and compare the features of objects from the past and present and recognise that plants and animals can be used as materials (fibres) for clothing and shelter 

Syllabus Outcomes


  • communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others HTe-1  

  • demonstrates developing skills of historical inquiry and communication HTe-2 


  • explores the characteristics, needs and uses of living things STe-3LW-ST 

  • identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties STe-4MW-ST 

  • recognise that plants and animals can be used as food, or materials (fibres) for clothing and shelter (ACTDEK003)  

  • explore a range of foods obtained from plants and animals, for example:
     − customary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foods 

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