The children learned the Gadigal word “Puttuwa”, which means warming your hands by fire.
They also explored yarning sticks, wound wool around the sticks, created clay animals and characters from Indigenous stories, painted native flowers, and drew symbols in the sand.
Children enjoyed making echidnas using clay and sticks collected from the playground, linked to the aboriginal Dreamtime book The Echidna and the Shade Tree told by Mona Green and retold and illustrated by Pamela Lofts.
In Transition Green, children learned about various artists, including Aboriginal Artist Albert Namatjira.
The children were particularly inspired by the artist’s use of colours and realistic representation.
Kindergarten worked on an artwork of Uluru inspired by artists Dr Bronwyn Bancroft and Ken Done.
“We read stories by Dr Bronwyn Bancroft and identified the way she uses line, colour, subject matter and pattern in her artworks,” Kindergarten Teacher Christie Osmond said.
“The children applied these qualities to their own Uluru artworks. The children also learned facts about the sacred site.”