NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The week (3-10 July 2016) is an opportunity for all Australians to participate in a range of activities and to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) has developed a new resource to help primary school teachers and students across the country celebrate NAIDOC Week this July. The new resource has been based on ‘Bush Tucker’ – a song by legendary children’s entertainer and ACMF founder, Don Spencer OAM. Building on the song, the resource brings music, visual art, language and an appreciation of Australian Indigenous culture together in an easy-to-use teaching module for Australian classrooms. The resource kit includes extensive learning outcomes for each year group (Foundation – Year 6).
The NAIDOC resource was developed by ACMF Education Manager Rachel Scott. After working as a primary music teacher for more than 10 years, Rachel identified a need for some simple and effective teaching ideas to help generalist primary teachers easily achieve cross-curriculum teaching priorities for students. The NAIDOC resource was developed in consultation with Aboriginal Education Officer Calita Murray and Paul Williams of JB Books. The resource has been carefully designed to be inclusive of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and can easily work alongside other cultural activities that schools may be planning around NAIDOC Week.