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Children painting at immigration centre

This is a photograph of immigrant children painting outside the preschool play centre at the Scheyville Immigration Centre near Windsor, north-west of Sydney, in 1960. Three young girls and a boy are painting at easels on a lawn outside the converted Nissan hut that housed the play centre. A smiling woman is supervising them.

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Bush Preschool

The teacher takes her preschool class outside the school environment to experience a ‘Bush Preschool’ program. The program is modelled on an exemplary Victorian preschool program. As a preschool educator, she wants her students to take risks, trust themselves and others, to feel success, to be inspired, and to connect with ...


Wombat stew: word work. English

Using vocabulary from Wombat Stew and Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words, lessons involve children in classifying long and short words, counting syllables in words, blending and segmenting cvc words beginning with /k/ and /w/, learning strategies for reading and spelling words and creating tongue twisters.


Wombat stew: counting and ordering animals. Mathematics

Based on the picture books Wombat Stew and One Woolly Wombat, lessons involve children in counting and ordering animals and solving and creating addition and subtraction number stories about the characters in Wombat Stew.


Wombat stew: places animals live. Science

Inspired by the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in creating an Australian animal alphabet frieze, finding information about the habitats of Australian animals from digital and print sources and organising it into booklets and presenting information in the form of 'Who am I?' puzzles.


Wombat stew: wombat walk. Society and Environment

Inspired by the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in going on a Wombat walk to collect rubbish from the playground environment, classifying the rubbish and representing data in a graph, and designing and creating posters to display around the school.


Wombat stew: making wombat soup. Technology and Enterprise

Inspired by the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in making a booklet called, What went into the stew?, exploring recipe books, describing vegetables, making and evaluating a healthy wombat soup and completing a recipe.


Wombat stew: keeping safe and fit. Health and Physical Education

Based on the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in learning about protective behaviours through identifying safe and unsafe situations in the story and in their own lives. Children play games such as Wombat Dingo Chasey and Into the Pot.


Wombat stew: questions and answers. Aboriginal perspectives

Continuing the focus on Australian animals in Wombat Stew, children practise asking and answering questions in activities based on the big book, What Can You Do? They prepare a news plan and practise code switching between Home talk/Aboriginal English and School talk/Standard Australian English in a game of Code Switch Fish.

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ArtsPOP: Dance

This is a unit containing material to help teachers plan and implement an early primary dance progam that looks at the theme of 'metamorphosis'. It describes a dance program in which a dance teacher guided a group of early primary children to explore and develop knowledge and ideas about the life cycle of a butterfly, and ...

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ArtsPOP: Classroom advice

This resource provides infrastructure and material to support teachers in the classroom teaching of the arts curriculum in primary school. It contains professional learning and development information and materials to support the management and integration of the arts curriculum under the topics: Managing space, Managing ...


Horsehead nebula

This is a colour photograph of a gas- and dust-filled region in the constellation Orion. Dark material, resembling a horse's head chess piece, is silhouetted in contrast to the upper backdrop of a soft pink-red glow, from where wispy filaments stream out. A bright pink-yellow region at lower left spotlights contorted dark ...


Indigenous students at school, c1941

This black-and-white photograph shows five Indigenous Australian children at school. Shot in close-up the photograph shows the young children gazing attentively, pencils in hand. They are seated in two crowded rows at long wooden desks and have half-size exercise books in addition to their pencils.

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Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? - unit of work

In this unit of work students examine a variety of texts that feature a wolf as a key character. They distinguish between fiction and non-fiction texts and focus on storybooks to compare and contrast the interpretations. They use a variety of dramatic techniques to help them understand the characters and develop their own ...

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Growing and changing - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the concepts of growing and changing and learn how to write descriptions and explanations.

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A flight of fantasy - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the fantasy genre by examining a series of titles by Anna and Barbara Fienberg. They dramatise the thoughts and feelings of the characters through simple drama activities and develop their narrative writing skills through a focus on descriptive and figurative language. The unit is ...

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Tell it like it is - unit of work

In this unit of work students learn about sequence and detail through recounting and sequencing details of personal events, literary texts and procedures.


Animal weapons: dolphin

This is a colour clip showing dolphins, among the most intelligent mammals and most versatile hunters, using different methods for catching prey in different situations. When hunting alone dolphins use their sonar to locate fish, pursuing them at about 32 kilometres per hour. They make continuous movements of their head ...


Children playing at immigration centre

This is a photograph, taken in 1952, of immigrant children taking part in manipulative play at the preschool play centre in the Scheyville Immigration Centre. Neatly groomed European children sit around a table, playing with cut-out games in a rather bare room.


'Mystic morn', 1904

This is a large oil painting (122.8 cm x 184.3 cm) by Hans Heysen (1877-1968). Painted in 1904, it shows a small group of cattle threading their way through a group of saplings early in the morning. The cattle are entering the picture from the left and lead the eye towards a distant clearing that is just visible through ...