Anti-prejudice activities | Years K-2

Activities reflect the anti-bias approach pioneered by Louise Derman-Sparks in Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children and extended for the Australian context by the Lady Gowrie Child Centre in their Fair Play: Anti-Bias in Action Training Kit, 1997.

This section is continually being updated for the Australian Curriculum.

Puzzles and quizzes: Activities which aim to develop students’ general knowledge of Australia’s cultural diversity and history, human rights, racism and discrimination.

Activities by theme

Kindergarten

  • K.1: Calendar events
    Students develop ability to relate well to others by acknowledging a diversity of significant events such as birthdays and festivals.
  • K.2: My name
    Students develop ability to communicate effectively in pairs and groups using agreed interpersonal conventions, active listening, appropriate language and taking turns.
  • K.3: Who is in our class?
    Students recognise high-frequency words, including own name.
  • K.4: ‘Me’ collage
    Students make associations with characteristics that identify each of us, e.g. food that we like; places that we like; colours that we like.
  • K.5: Special things
    Students describe an object of interest to the class e.g. toy, pet.

Year 1

  • 1.1: Who Am I?
    Students make short presentation using some introduced text structures and language.
  • 1.2: All shapes and sizes
    Students describe characteristics that make them both similar to others and unique.
  • 1.3: Groups
    Students use interaction skills, including active listening behaviours and communicate in a clear, coherent manner.
  • 1.4: Connections
    Students describe features of places and the connections people have with those places.

Year 2

Kindergarten

  • K.6: Reflections
    Students label external body parts, names their functions and recognises similarities and differences between others.
  • K.7: Flip book
    Students respond to a range of imaginative and creative texts, by making a flip book using their own self-portraits.
  • K.8: Pasta families
    Students sort & classify familiar objects and explain the basis for these classifications.
  • K.9: My family
    Students talk about family and the people who care for them.

Year 1

  • 1.5: Likes and dislikes
    Students make short presentations using some introduced text structures and language.
  • 1.6: Class collage
    Students develop positive relationships with peers and other people.
  • 1.7: Flower power
    Students discuss the things that they do well, e.g. games, schoolwork, caring for siblings.
  • 1.8: Making choices
    Students select a widening range of texts for enjoyment and pleasure and discuss reasons for their choice.
  • 1.9: Similarities and differences
    Students communicate an understanding of change and continuity in family life using appropriate historical terms.

Year 2

Kindergarten

  • K.10: Traditional tales
    Students discuss and respond to, familiar written and visual texts.
  • K.11 Shared Spaces
    Students compose a text to communicate feelings, needs, opinions and ideas about living and/ or working in a shared space.
  • K.12 Sneeches
    Student expresses feelings, needs and wants in appropriate ways.

Year 1

  • 1.10: Goldilocks – the real story
    Students engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest and contributing ideas, information and questions.
  • 1.11 Teasing
    Students engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest and contributing ideas, information and questions.
  • 1.12 Anti bias role plays
    Students engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest and contributing ideas, information and questions.
  • 1.13 The other side of the story
    Students recognise that there are different kinds of texts when reading and viewing.

Year 2

Kindergarten

Year 1

  • 1.14 Class rules
    Students demonstrate ways to help, encourage and care for others.

Year 2

  • 2.11: Respect
    Students listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations.
  • 2.12: Prejudice no way! poster
    Students use visual representations, including those digitally produced, to represent ideas, experience and information for different purposes and audiences.