The lesson ideas contained in this section have been developed to assist students in years K-2 develop the foundation knowledge and skills needed to counter racism, prejudice, and discrimination.
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.
Activities by theme
- 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.
- 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.
- 2.1: Multicultural mural
Students interact with other students and adults.
- 2.2: Guess who?
Students identify specific attributes of other students.
- 2.3: What’s in a name?
Students listen to, and contribute to, conversations and discussions to share information and ideas.
- 2.4: Knowing me, knowing you
Students communicate with a range of people in informal and guided activities demonstrating interaction.