Updated: Jul 11, 2019
NAIDOC Week is celebrated in Australia during the first full week of July. It is about celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
In our opinion, NAIDOC Week is an event not to be missed in your Aussie classroom. It focuses on the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community from a perspective of the celebration of their culture and the contributions of Indigenous Australians to our community. It is a prime opportunity for you to set up engaging activities to immerse your students in learning experiences about Aboriginal life and culture.
Here are a few ways we have engaged our students in NAIDOC Week celebrations over the years that may be helpful for you when planning:
- Make the Aboriginal Flag, ask students (depending on the age group you are teaching) to research the meaning of the colours and creator of the flag.
- Try painting rocks, they look so eye-catching and link beautifully to discussing traditional Aboriginal art.
- Choose an area of your classroom that is dedicated to NAIDOC Week celebrations. Fill it with Indigenous stories, artefacts, symbols and traditional artworks. Invite students to add to your dedicated space or set up activities for students to choose from when investigating NAIDOC Week (it is also an ideal place to send fast finishers during July!)
- Complete a collaborative piece of artwork using the Australian Aboriginal dot painting technique. It could be a phrase or an image of native animals.
Use cotton buds or even more effective have students use their fingers.
- Invite an Indigenous member of the community to visit your class (this can be easily done using technology these days too!) Many State and National Parks offer services like this for little or no cost.
- Learn a traditional Aboriginal game. On the Creative Spirit website they have many suggestions, and some are very easy to play at school. For example, if you have some skipping ropes try playing boogalah or find a ball and some bibs to play keentan.
Looking for ready to print NAIDOC Week resources? Check out these below:
Use this flipbook as a research project with your students to discover more about Naidoc Week and how it is celebrated in their local area.
A selection of 10 suitable activities all about Naidoc Week for Kindergarten.
Some of our favourite activities are the Aboriginal symbols and Colour by Number.
Find up 15 activities to use year after year all related to Naidoc Week. Some of our favourites are Emoji's for Naidoc Week and record how life was like in the past, compared to today.
Time gets away from teachers and by the time Year 5 - 6 rolls around you are using any time possible to teach important concepts. Our Year 5 - 6 Pack has 15 purposeful activities. Our top picks are the Indigenous art appreciation activity, as well as important dates throughout history.
Our Year 3 - 4 Pack is designed to encourage students to think about the message of NAIDOC Week and to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians to our country. My students have enjoyed completing the NAIDOC week - Hall of fame. A fun and insightful research task.
How do you celebrate NAIDOC Week in your primary classroom? We would love to hear any ideas you would like to share with our community.