On the 22nd August St Emilie’s celebrated Book Week with the theme, ‘Reading is my Secret Power.’ The Year 2 Blue and 6 Blue buddies spent some time participating in shared reading together in the beautiful sunshine. It was wonderful to see the students dressed creatively as a character from a book, which has inspired them.
Guided Inquiry – Celebrating Differences (Social Justice)
We are enjoying celebrating our cultural differences in Year One and Year Two!
Our recent Cultural Fair allowed our students to…
- Develop an appreciation of multicultural Australia, embracing different foods, games, music, and traditions from different cultures.
- Show respect for those who sound, look and act differently to themselves.
- Understand that although we are all different, we all hold similar values, and we all have the right to be treated fairly.
We had a wonderful time at our Cultural Fair!
A huge thank you to the wonderful Mums, Dads and family friends who volunteered their time, prepared presentations, played games with us, prepared yummy food for us to taste and passionately shared their culture…with a smile and a huge amount of patience!
We loved our morning together!
This term, our guided inquiry topic is Social Justice – Celebrating Cultures. As a part of our exploration into the concept of Social Justice, we are focusing on multiculturalism and the development of empathy, understanding and interest in those from different cultures.
In order to explore and celebrate the cultures that already exist in our school, we are organising a ‘Cultural Fair’ for the Year One and Two classes on
Tuesday 13th August. We are inviting all parents, grandparents and friends to be presenters at our fair. Presenters will be asked to share their knowledge and experiences of a particular culture to small groups of children. During the fair, the children will be rotating around to the various ‘stalls’ to learn as much as they can about the various cultural backgrounds that exist in our school community.
Examples of what you may present are;
● cooking demonstration / foods from other cultures
● traditional dance, instruments or music
● traditional games
● items of cultural significance
● traditional clothing or costumes
● photographs of significant buildings / places
● books or songs in another language
Please return the attached form by Wednesday 31st July (we have extended the return date) if you or anyone you know will be available to present on the day…or team up with another parent?
Further details are attached. A hard copy of this note was sent home to families during the last week of Term two.
We had huge success with our Community Fair earlier in the year and are looking forward to making our Cultural Fair even better!
Year One and Year Two Teachers
This term we have explored Measurement. We discovered the weight of objects using balance scales. We had to have a guess at which objects were going to be heavier or lighter than another. Once we did our estimate we had to measure them and see if we were correct. Some things we noticed were an eraser and a pair of scissors weigh the same, a pencil is lighter than a black marker and having two weights on one side and five on the other doesn’t always mean the side with the five weights is going to be heavier just because it has more weights.
This week we went and visited our buddies. We went over to the Year Six classrooms to meet with our buddy. We first watched a story called Tiddalik the Frog. This story was about a frog who sucked up all the river water. All the animals were trying to make him laugh so he could release all the water back into the river, but nothing worked. Finally the snail came along and danced around Tiddalik and he laughed so hard that he released all the water back into the riverWe then completed an activity to do with NAIDOC Week. We could colour a boomerang, write a story using Aboriginal symbols or create an acrostic poem. We had lots of fun with our buddies.