Health and Physical Education
Suggested duration: One lesson
In this lesson, students will learn about some of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sports people. They will apply their research skills to locate online images and information quickly in a race with their classmates. Students will work in groups and will be accessing material from The Little Red Yellow Black Book and the AIATSIS website.
Our athletes are powerful symbols of who we are. Generations of them have excelled at sports. Names such as Charlie Samuels, Eddie Gilbert, Lynch Cooper, Lionel Rose, Faith Thomas, Graham Farmer, Evonne Goolagong, Darby McCarthy, Arthur Beetson, the Krakouers, Riolis, Sands, Mundines and the Ellas are all sporting legends (The Little Red Yellow Black Book p. 108).
- Students will be able to identify and explain the achievements of some of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sports men and women.
|General capabilities||Cross-curriculum priorities|
|Literacy||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures|
|Critical and creative thinking||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures organising ideas: 9|
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Years 7 and 8 PDHPE
Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity (ACPPS079).
Provisions for differentiation
Students with special learning needs may need a little more time assigned to complete the tasks.
Students could use their online research skills to find another few names of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sportspeople whose images were not searched for in the rounds of the game.
- Five or more computers or personal devices (tablets or smartphones) with internet access (one per group of students)
- A simple prize that can be shared by a group of 4-5 students
- The Little Red Yellow Black Book - an introduction to Indigenous Australia (4th edition), ‘Our achievements’, Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, Canberra, 2018.
Ensure that the guidance notes included in The Little Red Yellow Black Book teacher resource have been considered.
Preparation: Ensure that students have access to the internet and a device for research.
Hold a discussion in which you highlight the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to sport in Australia. Present or summarise the material found on pages 108-112 of The Little Red Yellow Black Book. As the students discuss the sportspeople mentioned in the book, ask them if they know about any of the sportspeople mentioned in the reading. Encourage students to talk about the benefits of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity, and the power of sport to meet those goals.
Organise the class into five groups of 4-5 students. Each group should choose a name, to be written on the whiteboard for score keeping. Appoint a student to keep score. Groups should each nominate a representative to present their chosen image to the class.
Explain the Image Relay activity.
To play the game
- Your task is to search Google images to locate pictures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sportspeople. You must then search for information about this person`s sporting achievements.
- The goal is for your group to locate and save one unique image of the sports person that no other group in the class has found, along with information about their achievements.
- Only one person in each group is permitted to search on one device or computer (per round).
- You will have 30 seconds to complete each round.
- Each person in the group should take turns to present their chosen image, along with information about the major achievements of the sportsperson
- The class will determine which group had the most unique image and accurate information. That group receives one point.
- Ask the score keeper to mark the points on the whiteboard.
- When you’re ready to start Round 1, the teacher will call out the name of the first sports person. (The teacher may like to write this on the whiteboard for each round). Then send your representative out to reveal their image and information to the circle.
- find an image of Lionel Rose
- find an image of Evonne Goolagong
- find an image of Cathy Freeman
- find an image of Sam Thaiday
- find an image of Johnathan Thurston
- find an image of Adam Goodes
- find an image of Nova Peris
- find an image of Michael Long
- find an image of Kyah Simon
Tally the points for each group and allocate a prize for the winning team (game of choice for next lesson) – keep it simple!
- Group participation
- Q and A to check for understanding