Auslan hands AUSLAN classroom

Term 1 2020


Liam Moore:

This year the Prep to Year 4 students will have Auslan class once a week as one of their specialist in their classrooms.

Term 1 will see the students who started learning Auslan last year consolidate the learning they did last year and begin to build on it. 

They will begin with a unit on Greetings and then will be learning Classroom Items, Classroom Actions as well as Feelings and Emotions. It is very exciting this year that there will be bigger incorporation of technology into Auslan sessions. Particularly the Year 3 and 4 students. Throughout the term, students will be continuing to develop their fingerspelling skills through learning tasks integrated into the Term 1 topics of learning.

The Prep students will be introduced to Auslan by learning Greetings, Colours, Numbers, and Fingerspelling during Term 1.

Also during Term 1, we will be introducing Auslan Club. Students will have the option one time a week to come in during the play break to Auslan Club. They can come and play some games using Auslan and have the opportunity to come and learn some more Auslan if they want to.

Curriculum Year 1-4

It has been a great start to the year for Auslan classes. All the Year Prep classes have now had their first Auslan class, and the Yaer 1, 2, 3, and 4 classes have hit the ground running.

One of the areas of focus for the start of term in each class has been relying less on our voice and our ears. One simple thing we have changed in class this year is that to get the attention of everyone I turn the lights off and back on. The students have been really good at recognising that this means Stop! Look! Focus!

All the students have done a little bit of revision on the alphabet as well as numbers. I am also very excited by the work that the Year 4 students have started. We experimented with using an app called Clips that is available on IPad. We are hoping that students will be able to create captioned videos that can be used to share with the younger grades to support their learning, as well as to share in the newsletter.

Lastly, I have included a couple of videos below showing how to sign the alphabet and also some numbers using Auslan.




What is Auslan?

Auslan is the sign language of the Australian Deaf community, used for over 100 years by several people in the Deaf community. Auslan is a language just like any other spoken language in its own right, with its own grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary. The only difference between Auslan and spoken languages is that it doesn’t involve speaking verbally but rather signed using facial expressions, hand, and body language. It has its own grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary. Benefits of Auslan to any child include increased memory retention, increased reading ability, growth in English language vocabulary, enhanced spelling proficiency and further brain development stimulation.

Auslan is currently offered once a week to the preps Grade 1-3 level.  The aim of the Auslan program this year is to give every child an introduction to the language, it’s users and the opportunity to learn a new skill and to have fun through a variety of games, movement activities, art, and songs.