This fortnight we are learning about the different foods in China, from Sichuan in the west, Beijing in the north, Fujian in the east, Hunan in Central China and Canton in the south.The children were surprised at the rich variation in the different foods in China!
This brought up some excellent questions from the students and developed the understanding that many differences and variations occur within cultures that are distinctive to their geographical position, their closeness to other countries and that even within cultures, there are distinctions that make us unique!
Discussing the many different types of cooking styles within China!
Teaching each other how to use chopsticks! Some of out students have never used them before!
Games with chopsticks! We became very good at using them!
Our Year one classes read a book about Chinese feasts and customs on New Years Day in China!
Learning about the Great Wall of China, we viewed a U-tube clip on its history and where it is in China and learnt an interesting fact: The Great Wall was built by Emperor Chin, who the country “China” was named after!
Team chopsticks challenge games!
In the last two weeks students at St Emilie’s have been exploring Chinese Folktales and traditional art and creative expression.
The Year 1,2 & 3 classes have viewed the you-tube clip animation of the 10 suns and reviewed the story with a rating and recreation drawing of their favourite scene. The year 2 & 3 classes, have written a retell of the story and a review of their favourite aspect of the story.
The year 4,5,& 6 classes have viewed the award winning animation of “The Legend of Shangri-la” and they were asked to write about what distinctive cultural aspects they discovered. They were then invited to describe the feelings and emotions that the incredible art work and creativity the story narration and historical features evoked within them.
Our Year 6 students were able to describe many ways diversity within cultures presents opportunities for new experiences and understandings. Their ability to develop empathy for and describe how the use of words, imagery and colour in interactions could have a variety of meanings for various cultural groups, was a key learning point.
Drawing of the illustrations seen in the animation “the 10 suns”
The year 1,2,&3 children rated their favourite part of the folktale “the ten suns” .
A beautiful scene from the story “The legend of Shangri-La” viewed buy the year 4,5 & 6 classes this week.
One of the descriptive reflections on the learning and cultural understandings explored and discussed from the students point of view when viewing “Shangri-la”
In weeks one and two of this term, the children have been exploring the wonderful language of China – Chinese, and ‘having a go’ at writing characters and greeting one another!
As always, the children have shown great curiosity and respect for learning about a new culture and the challenges it poses to make the links between our cultural backgrounds in Australia and that of our focus country for the term.
We look forward to a learning packed term full of discovery and creativity as we learn about the fascinating traditions, arts,history,foods, belief and cultural systems that make China so unique and fascinating.
Reading and writing Chinese numbers…we noticed the characters were written the same as Japanese numbers but they sounded differently in Chinese.
Reading in Chinese is challenging!
The year 3 classes traced Chinese letters and we had to remember the correct stroke order to get the formation of the character right!
Here we were “air writing” to help us remember the writing stroke order of the characters.
Writing Ni Hao (hello) in Chinese.
Thai dance is the main dramatic art form in Thailand and many of these dances originated over a thousand years ago. Students have been learning how to perform the “Fawn Morn Gumm Ber” or Thai Butterfly Dance with Sr Nok and are doing a fabulous job!
This term Mrs Aroozoo and Sister Nok are working collaboratively to immerse students from Years 1-6 in an integrated study of Thailand. As Sr Nok comes from Thailand she immediately becomes a very rich resource for the study of this country – its language and culture and how it is alike and different from our own here in Australia. Watch this space for some of the wonderful opportunities children are being given throughout the term!