Primary School Lesson Plan — Rainbow Serpent
Why should we normalise Aboriginal Culture within the school environment? Aboriginal students are Aboriginal every day of the year, not just at NAIDOC time. They have to deal with racism, discrimination, and negative stereotype every day, for the rest of their lives…..Unless we do something about it.
Well, what can we do to change things?
Replace ignorance with understanding. We need to normalise Aboriginal Culture and build personal connections to it for all students, their families, and all teachers. Aboriginal Culture is the longest-ongoing culture in the world. We should be proud and curious about it.
How do we do that?
Visually and physically immerse Aboriginal Culture within the school environment every day so that all students develop an understanding and acceptance of different cultures and that diversity enriches Australian culture.
Will this make more work for teachers? No, it won’t.
I have developed four (4) Cultural Classes that are easy to use with beautiful paintings and stories. There is also a different life lesson in each one. These life lessons are skills that each child will benefit from for the rest of their life. They are conflict resolution, personal space, and introverts, anger and jealousy management, environmental awareness. I have created the life lessons into posters for the classroom so there is a visual reminder that can be referred back to when dealing with that issue.
Life Lesson — Rainbow Serpent
We have grown so far away from nature, that some people don’t feel connected to it at all. They see it as a nuisance.
Some people don’t even walk on the ground with bare feet anymore.
We need to build appreciation and personal connection with nature, so that the next generations feel invested in protecting it.
Life Lesson: Connecting to Nature
Key Learning Area: Aboriginal Appreciation
Year Level: Prep – 6
Outcomes: Understanding of the Dreamtime and a Life Lesson
Normalising and connecting with Aboriginal Culture for all students.
Children develop emotional literacy by learning about nature and personal totems.
Weekly lessons with themes and activities.
- Lesson 1 — Life Lesson — Connecting to Nature
- Lesson 2 — Life Lesson — Connecting to Nature — Art
- Lesson 3 — Personal Identity — Aboriginal Elder
- Lesson 4 — Personal Identity — Create their own Totem
- Lesson 5 — Sport — Yirri