In our current social justice guided inquiry unit “Same and Different – Hooray!” the year ones and twos have been busy investigating the cultural groups that make up Australian society.
On Tuesday 4th August we held a “Cultural Fair” in our school hall that included 13 different stations run by some of our wonderful parents and relatives.
This was a fantastic, authentic and first-hand learning experience for the children to learn about many of the different cultures that are present in our school community.
Our presenters provided different foods to taste, artefacts and pictures to look at, clothing, costumes, instruments, toys, music, videos and much more from their cultures. The children throughly enjoyed exploring the different cultures and have many memorable experiences from each station.
Please click on the document below to see some photos from our wonderful morning!
A HUGE THANK YOU to our wonderful presenters, without you and your generosity this would not have been possible.
This term we are excited to study and learn about the incredible diversity and richness of India.
We have planned a term full of creative and though provoking learning with a focus on cultural similarities and differences, social Justice issues in India, as well as fascinating festivals, traditional dress, history and of course…Food!!!!
This learning will culminate on our Open Night in Week 9 where all the children’s hard work and progress will be on display!
This fortnight the children have had a great time learning about where India is exactly, as well as its neighbours, and the meaning behind the national flag, as well as looking at some entertaining you-tube clips of Bollywood dancing and discovering some famous Indians!
We have had an amazing and very busy start to Term 3!
Our guided inquiry topic sees us explore the concept of Social Justice through the exploration of different cultures.
We read a beautiful story called Whoever You Are by Mem Fox and have used this story to complete a variety of activities. We had a discussion about our understanding of the word ‘culture’ and decided that it doesn’t matter what you look like – it’s what’s on the inside that counts! These are some of our thoughts…
We can learn more about the world – Reece
You can learn more about yourself – Sienna
You can learn new languages – Thomas
You might like to try new foods from different countries – Sajith
We are all friends even if we don’t know each other – Amber
We can learn more about others – Holly
It might help you make new friends – Roman
We created a mini poster about ourselves using some of the techniques seen in the illustrations. Our posters celebrate our differences! We wrote about some of things that make us different – things that celebrate our culture and created a beautiful frame for our work just like in the story!
We also created a mini portrait of ourselves to place around a painting of the world to symbolise that each one of us helps to make our world a better just by being in it! We are looking forward to learning about more cultures very soon!
We have linked our culture topic to our mathematical learning too! One of our outcomes is to recognise, describe and order Australian coins according to their value. What a better way to learn about money than to create a café! As a class we voted on an appropriate name – The Culture Café and designed posters advertising our delicious offerings of pasta, sushi, cupcakes and coffee! The café is open for business and is quickly becoming a local favourite! We have learnt that the shape, colour and pictures on the coins help us to identify if the coin is from Australia.
We have recently celebrated our 100th Day of Year One! We have survived 100 days of school!
We each brought in collections of 100 objects from home and used them to help us with our counting. We soon discovered that counting 100 objects takes a long time! Grouping our collections into tens, fives and even twos helped us count faster! We are getting better with our skip counting each day!
We also created a fun portrait of what we might look like if we live to be 100 years old! Our most notable differences would be a few more wrinkles, lighter coloured hair and ‘pretend teeth’ (false teeth). Living to be 100 years old would be quite an amazing feat!
So much learning in such a short amount of time! We can’t wait to learn even more!
Please read the following note which asks each family to give some thought to how you might be able to support us in the lead up to the St Emilie’s Inaugural School Fete to be held in Term 1 next year on Sunday 13th March.
In addition to ideas for stalls and a commitment by families to the date, we also are really needing SPONSORS (more information to follow) and DONATIONS that can be used as prizes. So please make some time to fill out the form and return it by Friday week, 12th August.
CLICK HERE: P&F Fete Planning Stall Ideas – form
Please click the link below to find the next fortnight’s Purposeful Practice Grid.
A copy has been sent home with your child today.
Please return the completed grids to school on Friday the 7th of August.
Click below: Year 1 Purposeful Practice Term 3 week 2-3
Please click on the link below to read our Welcome Back Newsletter!
In the final weeks of this term we have had a wonderful time learning about the beautiful folktales of the Philippines and the main religions of the country.
The Philippines are mainly Catholic. Like us in Australia, the Philippines have a diversity of religions but are mainly Catholic. We explored some beautiful Spanish churches and compared them with our own in Australia and found some amazing similarities!
In keeping with our learning “habit of Mind” skill of applying past knowledge, we compared our learning of Vietnamese Buddhist temples with what we now know of the churches in the Philippines.
The senior classes -years 4-6 watched the Philippine folktale- Tung kung Langit and compared it with our own “Creation story” from Genesis in the Bible and the junior classes watched “The First Pineapple” and discussed the origins of folktales and the life lessons they teach- In this lovely folktale the life lesson is to be diligent when doing your chores and to help out Mum and Dad when they are busy! What a great example!
Below are some of the results of our discoveries in the last few weeks!