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 in Cultural Studies we are learning about traditional Mongolian clothes and the beautiful Gers/Yerts/Yurts that they live within Mongolia!
The Year 1,2,and 3 classes have been comparing their winter clothes with that of Mongolian clothes and we all agree that they really know how to keep warm on the frigid cold winters of Mongolia.
They year 4,5 and 6 classes have also been taking a detailed look at what they have learnt this year and reflected on information that has made an impact on their depth of understandings within the cultures of the countries we have covered this year.
It was very rewarding for me as their teacher to read the evidence of their learning and see their maturing outlook on becoming tolerant, aware and respectful of different cultures and their respective traditions.
Above are some of the samples of their work. In reflection, the students have remembered and discovered so many different facets of Asia and made their learning a growing part of their developing cultural awareness.
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 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.
This fun filled fortnight, we have learnt about some of the sensational animals that are distinctive to Asia and the Philippines in particular.
We were surprised to discover some beautiful animals such as the Philippines eagle is critically endangered and in need of care in sanctuaries and zoos in the Philippines in order for the species to survive extinction.
We talked about the importance of conservation and deforestation and the beauty of the tropical climate in the Philippines.
This fortnight we are learning all about the fascinating diversity of foods in the Philippines.
Historically, the Spanish, who colonised the Philippine islands, significantly influenced their cultural dishes and spice combinations, which, along with their own classic dishes, has created rich diversity in the Philippines today.
Wow! What a start to the school term! We have started studying the beautiful country of the Philippines and are very fortunate here at St Emilie’s to have many families that are from the Philippines and are happy and willing to share their life experiences, photos and realia from their home country with us this term.