Community learning resources

In past community learning projects, YDC researchers have worked collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities beyond school to support parents with teaching their children about science, mathematics and literacy in a way that is contextualised to culture and home language.

The following resources were developed in collaboration with teacher aides and parents in Queensland Indigenous communities.

Number rhymes

The following number rhymes were written by teacher aides as part of the 2005-08 ARC Linkage project LP0562352, Sustainable education capacity building: Empowering teacher aides to enhance rural and remote Indigenous students’ numeracy outcomes, and by parents from the Napranum community as part of the Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) project run through Western Cape College, Weipa in 2008.

 Indigenous Number Rhymes

This PowerPoint file contains a variety of number rhymes to help students understand and remember numbers and their order. The rhymes have been contextualised for the Indigenous communities in which they were written and are ideal for use with younger students and for parents to use with their children prior to school. They can be printed to A4 or A3 size and laminated.

Strategy games

The following strategy games have been used across a number of past projects but particularly as part of the Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) project at Western Cape College, Weipa, in 2008. They can be used in the classroom or by parents with their children.

Strategy Games for Older Students

This PowerPoint file includes 20 game boards and instructions for games using counters and dice to explore and reinforce geometry concepts of location and coordinates, pathways and networks, and tessellation; and number and algebra concepts of counting, simple operations, and patterns. The game boards can be printed to A4 or A3 size and laminated.

Strategy Games for Younger Students

This PowerPoint file includes five game boards and instructions for games using counters and dice to reinforce counting, basic operations, and two-digit place value. The game boards can be printed to A4 or A3 size and laminated. If students find these games too easy, or need a challenge, Strategy Games for Older Students would be for them.