Catholic Education South Australia

Inquiry Question

How is story, song, dance and music used to preserve indigenous culture?

How are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures represented throughout Australia?

What is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Week and what is its purpose?


Global Words: Indigenous Peoples Junior Primary English, Year 3-4

Global Words has been produced by World Vision Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) to integrate the teaching and learning of English and Geography with global citizenship education.  This unit of work, Stories to unite us, allows students to explore aspects of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, using the picture books You and Me: Our Place and Stories from the Billabong

Link: Resources for Sustainability

Link: English for the Australian Curriculum

NAIDOC: Resources

Teaching Guides

This resource provides teaching ideas that relate directly to supporting teachers in addressing The Australian Curriculum: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture cross-curriculum priority; with provision of content that can be used across multiple learning areas and grade levels. 

Link: NAIDOC Resources - Teaching Guides


Australian Curriculum Lessons: Aboriginal Culture Investigation Lesson Plan, Year 3-4

In this investigation, students work in groups to investigate one area of traditional Aboriginal culture. They will research their topic, create a PowerPoint presentation and present their work to the class.  There are 6 areas of investigation including food, clothing, shelter, transport, art and music. 

Link: Australian Curriculum Lessons

ABC Education: Tiwi Music-Keeping an Ancient Culture Alive

Discover how music and dance are helping to keep the traditions of the Tiwi people alive. The customs and stories of the Tiwi people have been passed on to new generations through storytelling, song and dance.  

Link: ABC Education

Further Information

Teacher Notes: 

In Years 3 and 4, students experience learning in a range of contexts that relate to study in other areas of the curriculum.  The resources included here will engage students in reading, listening, viewing and interpreting a range of texts including Aboriginal stories, picture books and other types of print and digital texts.  They will consider aspects of their community, their role as citizens and the importance of celebrations and commemorations for different groups.