Timorese Culture

Grade

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Central Idea

Weaving is a culturally significant cultural practices to the Timorese

Lines of Inquiry

  • There are different array of basket types woven by the people of Timor Leste (form)
  • Weaving products including baskets and Tais have a significant place in the everyday life of most Timorese people (function and connection).
  • Weaving practices are passed down from ancestors and should be practiced for the conservation of historical cultural practices (responsibility)
  • Weaving is a skill that everyone can learn (perspectives)

Key Concepts

form, function, connection, responsibility, reflection,

Grade 3-4

Who we are

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Central Idea

Timorese people express their stories, feelings and cultural practices through traditional dance and music.

Lines of Inquiry

  • There are various traditional Timorese dance styles that has been passed from generation to generation (form)
  • Traditional musical instruments are often used in the performance of Timorese traditional dances (form)
  • Timorese people communicate their inner feelings about major events in their lives through dance (connection).
  • Young Timorese people have a responsibility to preserve their cultural heritage by practicing and performing traditional Timorese dance and music (responsibility).

Key Concepts

form, connection, responsibility

Grade 5-6

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the inter-connectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.


Central Idea

Significant historical events and ethnic diversity lead to the development of a nation’s identity.

Lines of Inquiry

  • A long sequence of historical events has shaped the history of Timor Leste. (causation)
  • After independence from the Portuguese colonisers Timor-Leste was invaded by Indonesia greatly affecting the country and it’s people. (Perspective, reflection)
  • Timor-Leste has changed in many aspects since the establishment of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (change)

Key Concepts

causation, perspective, reflection, change