Life in the Past for our Indigenous Culture
We were very lucky to have Greg Nannup visit the Year One classes last Thursday. He came to share with us some information about what life was like in the past for our Indigenous Culture. We learnt many interesting things especially about the significance of the land and all plants and animals we have in the Australian bush.
Greg then took us into our bush area to show us some of the amazing plants we have so close to school!
Mrs Cogger has taught us to be responsible for our bush environment by washing our shoes before and after entering the bush to prevent to the spread of Dieback.
Greg was an amazing story teller. These are some of the things we learnt from his visit.
- The Aboriginal people looked after the land and took only what they needed. After they had used the resources they would burn the land to enable new resources to grow.
- Be careful of anything red in the bush – this usually means danger.
- Plants like Wattle and Banksia provide a food source – the Aboriginal Elders would bang the Banksia seed to release its natural sugar.
- The Grass Tree has many uses! You can use the dry fronts to build a fire, the white pulp deep inside the tree tastes like coconut and the yellow pulp can be used for medicine.
- If you are stuck in the bush look for trees and valleys – this will provide you with a water source.
- The colour of an Emu egg is green and is warmed by the sun. One Emu egg could be used to make fettuccine carbonara for 20 people!
- The Aboriginal people follow 6 seasons and these seasons reflect the environment.
- There are two types of boomerangs – one that is designed to come straight back and the other only travels in a straight line.
We enjoyed our time with Greg and have learnt lots of new and interesting things about the Australian bush and how important it is to the Indigenous Culture.
In Year 1G we read and write every day.
We love reading our Sight Word Wall.
This is where we can find lots of different words that we can use in our writing.
We like choosing different words and writing them in stories and sentences. We also like adding in describing words to make our sentences more interesting.
Each week we focus on different sounds. We love going for Sound Word Hunts around the classroom. We look for different words with the same sounds. There are so many to find!
We have learnt that it is important for us to read our writing back to ourselves because it helps us with editing. When we read our writing we are checking for lots of things like full stops, capital letters, sight words and how we using our sounds to spell words.
There is so much to think about but it is also really fun!
We are learning more each day and becoming very confident writers.
Here are some editing games that we play in class. Come and have a go!
A Full stop Game
A Capital Letter Game
In RE we shared stories and books to learn about the Water Cycle.
We are amazed by God’s awesome design for providing water in our world, through rain, streams, waterfalls, rivers and the oceans and the power of the sun creating clouds for more rain!
Water is so important to people in every day life, for drinking, bathing, cooking, recreation, growing our food, caring for animal life and just having splishy, splashy fun!
We enjoyed using our bathing centre to give our baby dolls baths to keep them clean, healthy and happy!
Our usual play dough table was taken over by ooey, gooey blue Ooblick, such slippery, drippy fun!
We made it by mixing blue water with cornflour, stirring it with our hands.
When you try to grab it with your hands it feels hard and then it suddenly goes all soft and melts through your fingers like water!
Water is important in our Church family too, in the Sacrament of Baptism.
We made a small “Church” in our dramatic play area where we could role play Baptising our baby doll, using a font and jug, oil, special candle, white clothes and a special prayer.
We also visited our St Emilie’s church and saw the statue of St Emilie at the front of the church, showing her caring for children as she did in her life.
We blessed ourselves with Holy water as we went inside and sat on the pews to say prayers of thanks to God for being part of His family.
We saw the Baptismal font and special candle used to Baptise people joining God’s church family at St Emilies.
Our Science Investigations continued as we explored and learned about shadows.
We went on a shadow hunt around the school and used an over head projector to create shadows on a white board.
We discussed our findings about shadows and decided from our experiences that they are formed when the light from the sun, or another source, is blocked by an object and the shadow is created in the shape of that object.
We also modelled day and night using a globe and the over head projector. We found that as the Earth turns the sun shines on one side to create day time and when it turns away from the sun it turns into the shadow created by the earth itself to become night time.
Our investigation this term began with the question “Is The Grass Still green At Night?”.
We set up a special tent in the classroom which is designed to block out light. We also placed a big piece of green, fake grass in the base of the tent. We had a variety of torches that we could use inside the tent.
We had to try to answer the question about the colour of the grass as we played inside the tent.
Our class discussions revealed that the grass is black at night! You need a light source, such as a torch, to see the green colour of the grass!
PYJAMA DAY AT KINDY
What a funny thing to do- wearing Pyjamas to school and eating breakfast with all our friends and teachers!
There were so many great designs, patterns and colours in all 29 different sets of PJ’s worn to Kindy that day!
We enjoyed yummy cereals and Milo drinks, a story about “The Cat’s Pyjamas” and a song about “Wash Your Face With Orange Juice”!
So much fun!
Our Teddies had a great time when we lined them all up from tallest to shortest!
Thanks to our families for helping us get dressed up in our cozy PJ’s!
We have had a very busy term, enjoying the company of our friends, trying out new things to learn and now we need a rest and time to stay in our PJ’s a little longer in the mornings!
Enjoy family time together over the holidays and we’ll see you all bright eyed and bushy tailed in Term Three!