Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The oldest science in the world

About this Illustration of Practice

This teacher uses the school garden as a centerpiece for engaging students in science. To support the program, an ethnobiologist works with the teacher and the students to draw upon cultural and local scientific knowledge to stimulate student interest. The program focuses on developing transferable skills to prepare all students for a range of opportunities in the Katherine region.

Standard 1
Know students and how they learn
Focus area 1.4
Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Career stage
Design and implement effective teaching strategies that are responsive to the local community and cultural setting, linguistic background and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  1. What strategies for teaching students from diverse cultural backgrounds have you incorporated into your teaching program?
  2. What specialist knowledge can be incorporated into teaching programs to cater for students with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds?
Learning area
Year level
Year 5
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
MacFarlane Primary School
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 5
Year 6
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Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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MacFarlane Primary School is one of five primary schools located within Katherine, and one of six schools that form part of a wider system, based on geographical groupings, known as the Rivers Cluster. Cluster schools work collaboratively to establish local educational priorities relevant to their communities. The school has an ethnobiologist who visits the school regularly to enhance the teaching of science.

Content provider
Education Services Australia

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