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.
We had very interesting whole class discussions about what foods are culturally similar and the children really saw the impact of the Spanish influence on the Philippines cultural foods. We talked about how many different types of dishes had Spanish names like-Arroz Caldo- a thick and creamy rice porridge similar to a risotto, and Kaldereta- a hearty meat stew.
The students then drew their favourite foods and compared it to the Philippine foods we had just discovered.
Many students really wanted to try a variety of foods and were surprised to see many dishes were similar to ones we already eat in Australia.
in this work sample, you can see the comparison that students have made with our Australian bacon and eggs with the Philippine sausage ‘Logannisa” and the brilliantly coloured purple ice cream called Ube.
The Year 4-6 classes made some fantastic observations about the similarities and differences between last terms discoveries about Vietnamese food and comparing it with Philippines dishes. In this way, we are practising the “Habit of Mind” regarding us using past knowledge to learn new ideas and consolidate our learning.
In this activity, we pinpointed where the Philippines in, within Asia and learnt about the major islands and the surrounding seas. We also familiarised ourselves with the importance of the national flag and the surrounding seas and the neighbouring countries of the Philippines.