The Song Room proudly launched a new online Deadly Arts Collection on ARTS:LIVE this week bringing cultural learning to classrooms across Australia. The courses could also provide schools with inspiration and ideas for community connections in the lead up to Harmony Day, National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week celebrations.
This four-part series will help teachers and students to explore concepts of country, culture and people through learning experiences in Music, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Drama and English. The collection includes videos, curriculum aligned lesson plans, activity sheets and tips for culturally responsive teaching from Foundation to Year 6.
Led by First Nations Teaching Artists from The Song Room, students’ will discover the key concepts of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures – Country, Culture and People.
Teachers are guided in culturally responsive teaching with curriculum aligned lessons plans in key learning areas, general capabilities, cross curriculum priorities.
Learning from contemporary artists and Noongar community members students hear about how identity is strongly connected to their culture. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own cultural identity and to develop the intercultural skills to appreciate diversity.
Students’ curiosity for First Nations history and culture will be ignited and their connection to their own community will be strengthened as they take part in a yarning circle and learn about the importance of the six seasons. Plus, they will learn how to make traditional story dolls and write their own acknowledgment song.
The videos were filmed in Perth (Mooro) on Noongar Country with our talented Teaching Artists and the school communities at Coolbellup Community School, Brookman Primary School, Medina Primary School and Neerigen Brook Primary School. Thank you to everyone involved and to Lotterywest who supported us to make these important resources.
Register to ARTS:LIVE today to lift up First Nations voices and learning in your classroom!