Planned:Honouring Reconciliation, the Possums and Joeys gathered together to learn more about the Aboriginal culture. Alpha brought out some flags to see whether the children were able to recognise and identify each flag. "That's the Australian Flag", Daphne said whilst Alpha held up the Aboriginal Flag. We talked more about the aboriginal flag and what the colours represent on the flag. "The red is for the land", said Allure. In our discussions, we discovered that red represents the land, black represents the people and the yellow circle represents the sun.
We moved on to explore aboriginal musical instruments. "That's tap sticks", said Eddie. Alpha demonstrated how the tap sticks could be used and the group were asked to listen to Alpha's beat and follow along. The Possums and Joeys enjoyed this and giggled and laughed when the beat got faster.
We then moved on to explore the didgeridoo, where we talked about how this instrument could only be played by males. Our group were so fascinated to hear this information. The children were then given the opportunity to hold and feel the instrument. We then later put on didgeridoo music on the speaker for the children to hear the sound it makes. The music also had tap stick music in the background so we decided to tap along to it.
It was so wonderful to see our Joeys and Possums participating in this experience, where they were able to learn more about the Aboriginal culture through music and discussion.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world Elements: 2.2 Children respond to diversity with respect. This experience provided children with the opportunity to learn about different cultures and to make connections with the world they live in.
Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.3 Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media. This experience demonstrates how children can learn through music and arts.
Critical Reflection:As an Educator, I was able to engage a large group of children by using a variety of learning and interesting resources (flags, musical instruments and music) which maintained their interest throughout the learning experience. I was able to extend children's learning about the Aboriginal culture in a fun and inviting way. By having group discussions, I was able to gather information on the children's knowledge of the Aboriginal culture to better plan for future learning discussions. Follow Up: Torres Strait Islander Flag and its meaning.