Different Cultures have Different Ways of Living

In our current Unit of Inquiry we are looking at different Asian cultures. The girls did not know what our new unit would be about. To arouse their interest and begin the process of asking questions, they were shown six objects that were covered up. On a large sheet they were asked to think about what the object might be and what it might be used for. Then they wrote down questions they wondered about the object. Once the covers were taken away, they were able to see clearly what the objects were and make connections to see if they could work out what the topic was going to be for our studies. We had some fantastic questions and the girls are enthusiastic about learning more of the country they have chosen.

Sharing the Planet

As part of our Transdisciplinary theme on “Sharing the Planet” the girls watched a video by David Attenborough called ‘Wonderful World’ and a Power point on perfect and imperfect environments. This is them hard at work completing a Y-chart to compile their thoughts about what they saw and learnt from these different media options. IMG_3236IMG_3241IMG_3239 IMG_3238

Discovering with Chance and Data

The students used their skills of problem solving with this collection of random objects. They devised an aim to find out data about some of these objects. After making a prediction about their findings, they continued to prove their findings with the data they collected. Some of the predictions were accurate, while others found that the data showed different conclusions.

Easter Experience

I thought the Easter Experience was an exciting and involving way to learn about the story of Easter. We arrived at Gordon Uniting Church happy and fresh as a daisy. A lady called Nicola took us through the time tunnel to the market place of Jerusalem. Nicola led us through a curtain into a courtyard, which was decorated like a marketplace from biblical times. Then someone handed me a coin, which Nicola said was a “shekel”. Then Nicola told me to give it to the “blind beggar” who was an old man sitting on a pile of bricks. Then they split us into groups and I was in the yellow group so they asked me to sit down and make a bracelet. The beads on the bracelet were blue, black, red, green, and yellow. Then they moved us to the next station, which was doing a Mexican cross. The teacher asked us to not turn the cross over, because then it would mess it all up. While we were making it, I heard a bell ring, and the teacher said, “ Time to go into the story of Easter girls! Have fun!” We went into another hallway that was darker then the other one and Nicola showed us into a small room where there was a short table with pillows sitting around it. A lady said ‘Welcome children to the last supper that Jesus ate with his friends’. After that they brought us into the Garden of Gethsemane. We saw Jesus arrested and taken into the court room. The high priest didn’t know what to do with Him, so he referred Jesus to the governor. The governor was afraid of the crowds so he said that Jesus could be crucified. We watched a video showing what had happened. After the video two ladies came and asked us to look in the tomb. But Jesus wasn’t there. Suddenly he appeared from a distance and told us he was alive. Following that we had a party to celebrate. It actually let me experience what it really would have been like back then. by Chloe


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Golden Syrup Dumplings

Some of the girls in Year 4 have been reading ‘Layla Queen of Hearts’ by Glenda Millard. In the book, Layla is described as ‘an arm about the shoulders, a candle in the dark or like golden syrup dumplings for the soul’. The series of books about the Kingdom of Silk are a great read. One of the girls in our class and her mother followed the recipe in the back of the book and made golden syrup dumplings. No one in our class had tasted them before. We all agree they were delicious. See how satisfied we were.