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Kinship in the Classroom

Kinship in the Classroom

Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders value kinship with the utmost of importance.

These complex systems of family relations and extended family relationships are central to the way culture is passed on and how society is organised.

The Early Years Framework asks educators to consider the “culture and context of family” as central to children’s sense of being and belonging, and to the success in lifelong learning’.

Kinship in the classroom is gathering “The Whole Bright Kids Family” together each Thursday morning to view the ‘NITV’ program, Little J and Big Cuz.

This program

Has been developed by the Australian Council of Education Research and is linked to the Early Years Learning Framework.

Little J and Big Cuz highlights young indigenous children animated characters and engaging stories in a contemporary world.

It offers a proud and positive view of Aboriginal Australia and the opportunities for learning within it.

This week’s episode was titled ‘Lucky Undies’ and showed how Little J felt when he lost his lucky undies, just before an important basketball game.

The story provoked conversations about what was good luck and how can we believe in something we cannot see?

It also provided the springboard to introduce the traditional Indigenous game ‘Brajerack’.

A  hide and seek game played in small groups, which the children played together out in the playground.

The Sea Turtles took on the role of knowledge holders and guided the younger children during this experience.

A performance by our Dolphin Gawongs

Before returning back to their classrooms  Dolphins shared with the group their favourite song Inanay Capuana. An Aboriginal sleep song often sung to young children.

We are all looking forward to more opportunities to gather together and share our knowledge.

That’s all from the Sea Turtles and Ms Patti.

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