Stories to Explain the World

English Foundation-Year 2

Key Questions

  • Who is Biami?
  • What is the purpose of Dreamtime stories?
  • How do local Koorie children’s experiences of the past compare with own experiences?

Learning Objectives

  • Students explain the presence of Biami and how Dreamtime stories are the expression of how Biami created the world (oral, imagery, written).
  • Students compare own childhood experiences to those of other cultures.

Curriculum Links

Reading & Viewing

  • Recognise that texts are created by authors who tell stories and share experiences that may be similar or different to students’ own experiences (VCELT148)
  • Recognise some different types of literary texts and identify some characteristic features of literary texts (VCELT149)


  • Retell familiar literary texts through performance, use of illustrations and images (VCELT159)

Speaking & Listening

  • Respond to texts, identifying favourite stories, authors and illustrators (VCELT170)
  • Share feelings and thoughts about the events and characters in texts (VCELT171)

Intercultural Capability 

  • Describe their experiences of intercultural encounters in which they have been involved (VCICCB002)

Key Local Knowledge Featured in this Unit

How the Murray River was Made

How the Murray River was Made

the Dreamtime Story

This is a Dreamtime story of the local people for how Biami/Tutakapin created the Murray River. This story is introduced in the first lesson of this unit.

Other versions of this text are available.

Barmah Trees

The Barmah Bunyip (and other stories)

Many schools will have copies of a series of books by Sue Briggs-Pattison, including The Barmah Bunyip.

These books are a fantastic resource for this unit of work.

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