In this series of lessons we are all excited to learn about Mongolia’s amazing Throat singing traditions and skills.
In Mongolia, classical throat singing and playing of the “whoor” ( Mongolia’s version of a guitar) is taught at various universities and the children were amazed at the beauty and variety of sounds and versions of singing that can be made with the throat, including throat whistling and chest whistling!
Many fascinating you tube clips were viewed and discussed with the focus on Mongolia’s traditions and how we need to put ourselves in their “shoes” to truly understand significant differences in cultures and to be respectful of them.
We also studied the traditional customs of Mongolia and the students came to the realisation they have many customs that are similar to our own.
For example- inviting guests to eat and drink when they visit homes and respecting their elders.
This fortnight the students at St Emilie’s had the wonderful opportunity to display their weeks of hard work and learning discoveries in our India Expo in the hall on Wednesday.
It was a really special evening where our year 6 guides were able to take visitors through the distinctive learning opportunities and cultural understandings that we have studied this term.
Bringing the Australian Curriculum to families has been a wonderful experience for us all!
This fortnight we are busy preparing for our open night extravaganza in week 9!
Each year level will be showcasing a cultural aspect from India that they have learnt this term and will display their understandings in a visual arts display!
This fortnight in cultural studies, our year 1,2 and 3 classes have listened to the story, Rama and the Demon King”.This book was a rich resource in initiating discussions about clothing, ancient indian beliefs,and illustrating life lessons about bravery, family ties, faithfulness, honesty and forgiveness.
The children drew their favourite part, and it was wonderful to see the variety of different viewpoints the children have taken from the story. They then rated the story and justified their answers.
We also discussed the variety and diversity of traditional Indian clothing and that it was important to note that depending on the type of Indian language spoken, for example-Hindi- ( there are many different languages and colloquial versions depending on the region of India you are from) the names and styles of clothing changes and varies.
The words we learnt were- Sari for women and Sherwani for men. We watched some Bollywood dances featuring traditional clothes and children drew themselves in traditional dress.
Our Year 4,5 and 6 students did a visual and written summary of their learning so far and discussed the amazing differences and similarities within our culture and India.
We used our I pads to research and depth to our discoveries.
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!
This fortnight in Cultural Studies we have investigated the variability of art in the Philippines.
A highlight of our learning has been the ability of our students to compare and describe their past knowledge of the beliefs and practises of the countries we have studied, like Thailand and Japan, and confidently comparing them with what we are learning about the Philippines today.I am always impressed with the insightful and thoughtful contributions of our students as this highlights the depth of their learning regarding their cultural understandings.
Year 1,2 & 3 students learnt about and made the beautiful Sarimanok Bird and its symbol of representing good luck in the Philippines.
Our Senior classes, years 4,5 & 6 learnt about the Parol star and its significance at Christmas time. We discussed the comparisons between our Christmas and the Philippino traditions.