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A Walk on Country supports a child’s learning and development in all 5 Learning Outcomes of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. The Learning Outcomes; Identity, Community, Wellbeing, Learning and Communication, are all promoted and interwoven into the activities provided. It was a chance for the children to learn a little more about Australia’s First Nation people by engaging in activities that promote understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures allows us all to develop respect for diversity and understanding of cultural difference. It provides all students with a rich and well-rounded knowledge of Australia’s history. Furthermore, it promotes the closing of the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians on life expectancy, educational achievement and employment opportunities. The inclusion of Indigenous content in classroom teaching has been shown to improve educational outcomes of Indigenous students.

During the day children and families were encouraged to participate in activities including bush walking, singing, dancing, an Opening Ceremony that included a Traditional Welcome or Acknowledgment to Country, interacting with connection to Country, boomerang throwing, painting, talking, nature using, music and storytelling.

Thank you to Uncle Joey and Murrindindi who took the time to come and participate with us, we learnt new things about the different Indigenous tribes, the land, food, painting, music and boomerang throwing.

We will continue to use some of the words, drawings and stories we learnt during this day within our Kinder service.

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