Culture / Language

8 Ways Of Aboriginal Learning

At Djidi Djidi we approach our learning in a variety of ways. A priority for us is to acknowledge the importance of Aboriginal identity and ways of learning. We do this in two ways:

  1. We explicitly teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Content
  2. We strive to embed Aboriginal Ways of Learning Across our Curriculum everyday

We send home a portfolio of work that shows how we use Aboriginal ways of learning within our everyday subjects. Each piece of work has a ‘tag’ that explains the activity and how it links to one of the 8 Ways of Aboriginal Learning. The samples give a snapshot of what your child does in class on a daily basis and demonstrate how we value Aboriginal perspectives across the curriculum

The portfolio will come home in Term 3. In Terms 2 & 4 you will receive a formal school report.

Children in Kindy and Pre-Primary have a much larger portfolio that showcases their work. You will be invited into classrooms to view this portfolio. It will be sent home at the end of the year as a keepsake.

Below you will find a picture of the 8 Ways Symbols and what they mean. We are hoping to redesign the symbols to capture a more Noongar feel. We’d love to hear your suggestions.

  • Story Sharing We connect through the stories we share
  • Learning Maps Explicitly mapping/visualising processes
  • Non-Verbal We see, think, act, make and share without words
  • Symbols and Images We use images and metaphors to understand concepts and content
  • Land Links Place-based learning. Linking content to local land and place
  • Non-Linear We put different ideas together and create new knowledge
  • Deconstruct/Reconstruct We work from wholes to parts. Watch then do
  • Community Links We bring new knowledge home for our mob