Junior phase (Prep to Year 4)

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Pre-visit activities

Suggested teaching and learning  experiences Subject and learning focus

Teacher facilitated discussion

The title of the exhibition is BARAMBAH<>CHERBOURG<>ART<>CRAFT. Discuss the title and what the exhibition is about.  Barambah is the name of the creek that runs alongside the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg, which was previously named the ‘Barambah Aboriginal Reserve’. The symbols connecting the title serve two purposes; they show that each word is of equal value, like mathematical symbols, as well as visually mimicking chevrons or mark making which were traditionally carved into hardwood boomerangs and painted as symbols.

Discuss: What symbols do you use in your everyday life? What messages do they convey?

Suggested learning activities:

Explore the Map of Aboriginal Australia created by AIATSIS and David Horton in 1994. The colours on the map indicate the different language groups of Aboriginal Australia.
Can you locate Cherbourg? What is the language group of this area?
Where do you live? Who are the people of this area?

Teacher facilitated discussion:

The exhibition showcases the work of Barambah Pottery; the items on display are mainly household items with cultural artwork. Discuss this with the group.
What is pottery? What pottery do you have at home? What is art? What art do you have at home? Can everyday items be art too?

Suggested learning activities: Design and environment

The pottery in the exhibition was made from clay from the local river in Barambah.
Design something useful or create something new from the environment you live in.

Geography
The reasons why some places are special to people
English: Expression and developing ideas – visual language. Investigate how visual storytelling enhances and layers meaning.
English: Literature and context
Aboriginal identity and culture.
Cross Curriculum Priority
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies have many Language Groups.
Geography
The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples throughout Australia
Visual Art
Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent different views, beliefs and opinions.
Geography
The natural resources provided by the environment, and different views on how they could be used sustainably.
Design and technologies
Visualise, generate, develop and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling.

SLQ visit activities

Suggested teaching and learning  experiences Subject and learning focus

Teacher facilitated discussion: Walking into the learning space

As you approach the kuril dhagun gallery you can see the Ratartat Children’s sculptures. There is an echidna, a kangaroo, and a dingo. They are very colourful and welcome visitors into the space.
Why do you think they chose to make these animals? What animals would you make?

Suggested learning activity

Explore the exhibition. Write down/draw the types of pottery on display. Record what designs you see. Draw your favourite.

Teacher facilitated discussion

What objects did you see? Do you know or can you guess what are they used for?
What are the designs on the pottery? Which animals did you see? Where do those animals live? What animal would you paint? Why?

How do you think these pots made? What are they made of? How did they make the marks? How did they make the clay hard and strong?

Suggested learning activity

Look at the different shapes of the pottery. Draw a drinking implement for each member of your family; it could be a jug, water bottle or cup. Are some items larger than others? Why did you choose the different designs?

Science
Living things have a variety of external features. Living things live in different places where their needs are met.

Visual Art
Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations.

History
Pose questions about the past using sources provided.

Design and technologies
Explore needs or opportunities for designing, and the technologies needed to realise designed solutions.

Design and technologies
Visualise, generate, develop and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling.

Post visit activities

Suggested teaching and learning  experiences Subject and learning focus

Teacher facilitated discussion

The exhibition featured information about Cherbourg’s contemporary artists of the Yidding Art Group. A key focus of the group is intergenerational knowledge transfer and collaboration.
Watch the video of Uncle Robert Langton talking about the origins of the Yidding Group and discuss the role of intergenerational teaching in the continuance of cultural knowledge and traditions.
What have your parents or family members passed on to you? What would you teach someone else?

Suggested learning activities

Create pottery inspired by the works in kuril dhagun. Students could make pinch pots or plates with quick-dry clay.

Teacher facilitated discussion

The pieces in the exhibition were primarily created for tourists or visitors to Australia. When you visit another place do you buy or collect something to remember your trip? What do you bring home? Does it represent the people or the country you are on? How?

Suggested learning activities

Design a postcard that a tourist would take home if they visit your school.
Include symbols or images that are represent the place/country where the school is located and what is important to the students and teachers.

The Countries/Places that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples belong to in the local area and why they are important to them
History
What aspects of the past can you see today? What do they tell us? What remains of the past are important to the local community? Why? How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?
Visual Art
Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations.
Visual Art
Use and experiment with different materials and techniques to make artwork.
Create and display artwork to communicate ideas to an audience.
History
The importance of sites of cultural/spiritual significance.
Geography
The reasons why some places are special to people, and how they can be looked after
Design and Technology
Plan, create and refine a product – share using a collaboration and communication tools.
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