Punjabi School is a culmination of years of work by Khalsa Punjabi School teachers and volunteers in language teaching in Western Sydney.
We have an innovative approach to Punjabi language teaching and have had immense support and great feedback from the parents and wider community.
Students in junior primary years– Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students learn to speak and listen in Punjabi. They watch videos, listen to poems, stories and audio and sing songs. Students wiho are background speakers also learn to write Painti akhar (Punjabi alphabet) using vocal recognition skills. We modify the order of the alphabets when we teach Paniti akhar so that students can learn easily as they are learning a new script.
Senior primary students – Year 3 and Year 4 students learn to read and write using modelled language, text types templates and new vocabulary. They also engage in games, quizzes and other hands-on activities.
Stage 3 students – Year 5 and Year 6 students learn to express their opinions and think critically and creatively. They engage in project work to strenthen their ability to read, write and speak in Punjabi. We encourage them to seek to enrol in further study of Punjabi at high school level at the NSW Secondary College of Languages. Where possible we link learning to other NESA K-10 syllabuses such as PDHPE, HSIE or Mathematics. This ensures continuity of learning and makes it relevant.
We hope you can use our resources to encourage young children to learn Punjabi and keep them motivated and enthused.
Somebody’s Land is an invitation to connect with First Nations culture, to acknowledge the hurt of the past, and to join together as one community with a precious shared history as old as time.
We welcome our students and their familes to read the Punjabi translation of this picture book by Sumeet Kaur and Rupinder Singh, that introduces First Nations history and the term ‘terra nullius’ to a general audience, from Australian of the Year, community leader and anti-racism advocate Adam Goodes and political adviser and former journalist Ellie Laing, with artwork by Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.
We are very grateful to the authors and the publishers – Allen and Unwin, for working with us to help us bring this book to Punjabi language speakers in Australia and around the world.
You can click on the three dots above and open the story in full screen.