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Caring for Dharawal Country

Science and Technology, Geography, History

On this cross-curricular program, students examine Aboriginal resources and places. Caring for Country is woven throughout the day’s activities.

Program feedback

"All of the hands on activities were really memorable for the kids and I believe this will make it a breeze to make lots of connections to our prior and future learning. The Caring for Country activities, in particular the bush walk, really helped students to appreciate nature and have an understanding for living on Dharawal country and what that means."

Key syllabus outcomes

Science and Technology

A student:

  • identifies how plants and animals are used for food and fibre products ST1-5LW-T
  • describes how the properties of materials determine their use ST1-7MW-T
  • recognises observable changes occurring in the sky and on the land and identifies Earth’s resources ST1-10ES-S


A student:

  • describes features of places and the connections people have with places GE1-1
  • identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places GE1-2


A student:

  • identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time HT1-2

Learning activities


  • gain an appreciation of Dharawal connections with the land and caring for Country
  • examine Aboriginal artefacts and preserved animals and consider their uses and materials
  • play Aboriginal games using natural materials
  • explore plant uses on a bushwalk
  • use their senses to observe natural features and relate them to Dharawal seasonal calendars
  • paint with ochres
  • use natural fibres for plaiting or weaving
  • listen to a Dreaming story relevant to the site

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