Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages / Year 7 to 10 / Understanding / Systems of language

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Curriculum content descriptions

Investigate how connections between Law, story, ceremony, people and Country/Place are demonstrated and evident in community behaviour

[Key concepts: interconnectedness, human relationships, ownership, rights, responsibilities; Key processes: describing, explaining, investigating, exploring]


  • describing how ceremony, place and Law are connected through kinship, story and cosmology, and how these connections are demonstrated and reflected in community behaviour
  • explaining how art forms such as body markings, designs, paintings, funeral poles, songs and dances serve to identify people and places
  • investigating how social groups form patterns across and through generations and determine relationships, behaviours and marriage practices
  • understanding and discussing kinship as a system, and explaining its importance in maintaining and regulating social relationships in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • exploring how patterns of ownership, management of land and associated stories determine rights and responsibilities with respect to that land
  • understanding that different roles and responsibilities in ceremonies are determined by kinship and social groupings
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Australian languages

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