Auslan at NMPS

Previously North Melbourne Primary School has facilitated a LOTE program encompassing Auslan teaching. In 2024, we have engaged with Auslan Education Services (AES) to continue our LOTE program for students across all year levels.

The program is delivered in video-form presented by deaf adults and is designed for Prep to Year Six students following the Australian Curriculum. There are follow up activities and lessons which teachers will work through together with students. Teachers have received training from the team at AES and are excited to learn Auslan alongside the students.

As all year levels are learning similar content and topics, we encourage you to speak with your child about their Auslan learnings each week and to support them to practise at home.

Further information about Auslan Education Services can be found here.

Term 2 Curriculum Overview

This term students will learn about Deaf Culture, Feelings, Greeting and Questions and Around the House. They will learn about Sea Animals, Days of the Week and Months of the Year, Numbers 1-20 (using their dominant/writing hand) and Weather. There will be a focus on revision and celebrating our learning. The Auslan signs for these topics are core learning, which will be extended in future Auslan learning.

Lessons consisted of explicit teaching through videos, supported by activities, games, stories, songs, poems and group practice.

Learning Auslan involves both expressive (signing) and receptive understanding skills (reading back what others’ sign), hence lesson activities continue to develop these skills. At this level, the students mainly work in the whole group, managed by the teacher and are provided with the opportunity to reflect on their learning together.