Buku Manapan - Big Ideas

3 year cycle program for teaching the Indigenous Languages and Culture Curriculum.

About Buku Manapan

The ILC Curriculum at Shepherdson College is planned around 12 topics. Delivered over 3 years, each term has a specific topic with resources to support the delivery of ILC Curriculum across the school. Each topics allow students to explore concepts deeply and comprehensively at a number of developmental stages. The 3 year plan ensures content is not repeated and that the LPC can identify and create culturally relevant supporting material.

Shepherdson College students explore 12 topics that weave together culturally relevant concepts and curriculum specific ideas to deliver key learning outcomes.  

Books & Wordlists

Every term the LPC team identifies and creates books and associated resources to support both in class learning and teachers awareness and familiarity with the topic.
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Cultural Resources & Posters

Available to download or printed (upon request) teachers can select from posters, charts and activities to support cultural concepts in the classroom.

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2021 Topics

TERM 1
TERM 2
TERM 3
TERM 4
Yirralka
Homelands

Concepts: gapu, riŋgitj, gurrutu, wäŋa, milkarri, manikay, gamunuŋgu and mapping

ILC Curriculum Key Ideas:
CL: Students know their owen and other people's relationships to Country.
P&K: Students understand the ways they relate to family, extended kinship groups and Country.

Gurruwilyun ga warrakan
Seasons, animals and hunting

Concepts: seasons, passages of time and changes in the weather and wind, classifying animals, Reading signs for hunting, habitats

ILC Curriculum Key Ideas:
P&K: Growing up healthy, happy and strong
NE: How to 'read the land' to find and prepare traditional bush foods
NE: Cycles and passages of time: seasons, day/night, moon and stars, tides
NE: Understand traditional technologies and how they were and are used (hunting tools)
Gamunuŋu ga Dhul
Arts and Crafts

Concepts: traditional and contemporary art, Yolŋu rom, Enterprise, caring for Country and culture

ILC Curriculum Key Ideas:
Students identify their Dreaming stories, songs and dances
CL: Students know their own and other people's relationships to Country.
NE: Understand traditional technologies and how they were and are used (art and craft tools)

Dharpa ga Wurrki'
Plants and Flowers
Concepts: Gurrutu around plants, classifying plants, habitats, plant uses

ILC Curriculum Key Ideas:
CL: Students know their own and other people's relationships to Country.
P&K: Growing up healthy, happy and strong
NE: How to 'read the land' to find and prepare traditional bush foods
NE: Understand traditional technologies and how they were and are used (tools and shelters from plants)
NE: Identifying and preparing traditional bush medicines

Curriculum Outcomes 
across the year


CL: Students identify how people live on country now and in the past (Learning from traditional ways of living)
NE: 'Reading the land' to find water
NE: Knowing and understanding the importance and ways of caring for country