Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages / Foundation to Year 2 / Understanding / Systems of language

Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise there are many ways of communicating messages in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

[Key concepts: communication, narrative; Key processes: recognising, identifying]


  • understanding that there are different ways of telling a story, such as Elders yarning, through song, dance, music and associated visual design and spectacle, and through painting (body, bark, rock, sand)
  • understanding that texts have a purpose, for example, greetings, Welcome to Country/Acknowledgement of Country/Place, traditional stories, paintings, songs and dances that convey community-wide messages
  • identifying some features of stories, for example, the fact that they are often about journeys across Country/Place, involving landforms, animals and plants
  • noticing how texts such as storybooks are sequenced and organised, for example, by identifying the main title and the connections between pictures and text
  • recognising that communication can also occur through sign language
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Australian languages

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