Nature Pedagogy is the practice of teaching and learning with and in nature, it is an unzxcderstanding of our sense of belonging to the land, our senses or working with nature. It’s learning with nature, not just teaching about nature. (C Warden)
The aim of the practice is to teach holistically through the engagement of hands heart and mind alongside nature to develop the whole learner, cognitively, socially, and physically as well as having fun..
We are so lucky to be surrounded by nature and to have access to our Bush Tucker Living Classroom. This provides a safe envinoment to follow the concept and teaching approach of nature pedagogy and the 8 ways approach to developing Aboriginal cultural competence. (please refer to the cultral porgram for more information)
This year we have Bush Kindy on a Wednesday.
We will be providing our Bush Kindy program on Monday, Thursday and Friday in 2024.
We highly honour the original people of Australia and have incursions regularly to build on the children’s cultural awareness with local Bundjalung educators. This includes bush excursions with Auntie Delta and language with Uncle Gilbert .
Our program includes the 8 way approach which is: storytelling, community links, learning maps, deconstruct/construct, non linear, non verbal, symbols and images and landmarks.
Children have the opportunity to learn facts about our bush foods, dance, stories and Bundjalung culture. Children engage in daily acknowledgement of country. We have two lovely murals by Bundjalung artists, Oral Roberts, Ken Gordon and Lewis Walker.
Our Bush Tucker Living Classroom nurtures this relationship and was seeded in reconciliation week in 2014.rogram
This is run by Jayne Dean who is a registered Bush Kindy educator and Mandala Diehl the Coorinator and Creator of the Bush Tucker Living Classroom.
Our Bush Kindy Program is child led and extends on the Nature pedagogy and the 8 ways of leanring. It will emerge according to what we are playing, Acknowledging country and first nations people. instilling a love for nuatre and respect for our the orginal custodians of the land.