Australian curriculum: Science, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority

Content elaborations and teacher background information for Foundation to Year 6
Indigenous knowledge Intercultural learning Primary education School curriculum STEM education Australia

This document showcases the 95 new content elaborations for the Australian Curriculum: Science (Foundation to Year 10) that address the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority. It also provides the accompanying teacher background information for each of the elaborations from Foundation to Year 6 to support primary teachers in planning and teaching the science curriculum.

Key findings:

  • Intercultural science inquiry skills are throughout Foundation to Year 6, providing opportunities for students to develop skills relating to acknowledging the scientific knowledge and skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Also consulting and collaborating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the planning or evaluation of mutually beneficial scientific research.
  • Students will have the opportunity to learn how contemporary scientists in many fields derive important data from First Nations Peoples’ scientific knowledge of plant species that contain medically and nutritionally important ingredients.
  •  This elaboration provides students with the opportunity to understand how modern approaches to fire ecology in Australia are being informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ traditional ecological knowledge and fire management practices.

Each of the new elaborations is supported by teacher background information that is intended to assist teachers in preparing culturally appropriate and scientifically rigorous classroom materials. The teacher background information includes a list of published works that were consulted in the preparation of the information.

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