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Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages / Year 3 to 6 / Understanding / Systems of language

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand the core role of the kinship system in social behaviour and the relationship between Place, History and society

[Key concepts: kinship system, ways of talking, human relationships, interrelatedness; Key processes: recognising, interpreting, discussing]


  • interpreting kinship charts to identify kin terms for wider family groupings and comparing these with their own languages and cultures, for example, maternal versus paternal grandparents, presence or absence of birth order names
  • recognising that individuals may belong to certain types of sub-groups, for example, moiety, clan and skin and identifying these
  • understanding that interactions and behaviour, including ways of talking, are patterned by kinship structures
  • discussing the links between ceremonies, people, stories and Country/Place and the social importance of connections to History
  • recognising that certain places have special significance to the community, representing special bonds between people, place and story
  • understanding that ownership of songs, stories, dances and designs is determined by traditional kinship, other social groupings, place, History and story
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priorities
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