Unit 1: Celebrating Culture

Foundation-Level 2 Australian Curriculum (Prep, Year 1 and Year 2))


This unit uses stories to explore the different cultures that coexist in the local community and in Australia. Students will be immersed in a variety of cultures and their stories that are significant in the school and local community including Aboriginal culture. They will experience and interpret the ways in which people express their beliefs, values and culture through literature, art, music, dance, drama, and media. They will have the opportunity to create art works that tell cultural stories that are significant to them. Students will begin to develop an understanding that the Australian nation is enriched by the diversity of cultures that contribute to it.

This unit connects strongly to the English and Arts Domains in AusVELS, but also links to History and Geography.

Key concepts

Culture, diversity, story, identity


  • Songs, art, dance and storytelling were used in the past and are still used today to tell peoples’ stories.
  • Stories can tell us about the many cultures that make up our community.
  • For many thousands of years Aboriginal people used song, dance, art and storytelling to pass on their beliefs about life.
  • Valuing and celebrating cultural stories is a sign of respect for other people.

Rich Question

How do we celebrate our culture?

Contributing Questions

  • What is culture?
  • What cultures are represented in our community?
  • Why do people tell stories?
  • What are the different ways we can tell stories?
  • What can we learn about other cultures through their art, songs, stories and dance?
  • How can we tell stories that are important to us?

Important Cultural Information

Before commencing this unit please check ‘Yarra Healing’ for important background information regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. http://www.yarrahealing.catholic.edu.au/TeachingandLearning/Essential Learning and Understandings


Written texts

Bishop, M, and Evans, A, 1995, Tell Me Why, Muuruun series, Curriculum Corporation, Melbourne:

  • Lunch Box
  • Guess What
  • Let’s Rap
  • A Big Day
  • What Do You Play?

Folk stories from around the world

Reader’s Theatre Books 1 and 2 Lower Primary.


Audio Visual

Guest speaker
Use people from the school or local community to share their cultural heritage with the students.

Use an Aboriginal guest speaker preferably from the local Indigenous community to ensure an authentic Aboriginal experience.Contact your Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Groups (LAECG)- the contact details can be found on the Yarra Healing website,or the website of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporatedwww.vaeai.org.au Or contact Delsie Lillyst at CEOM (Catholic Education Office Melbourne) to find recommended speakers.