Melbourne Museum Excursion

As part of our First Contacts unit of work, the grade four students and teachers visited the Melbourne Museum.

We had an early start, and it was a very cold and frosty morning. In fact, it was the coldest Melbourne day of 2015 so far!

Melbourne Museum route

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Highlights of our day included:

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As students explored the exhibitions, many took photos of the displays, models, artefacts and information plaques to capture and document their experience. It was fantastic to see the students’ enthusiasm and excitement as they travelled through the museum, taking in the sights and discussing their observations with each other.

Here are some photos from our day!

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Thank you to Tracey, Susie, Tony and Mrs Shiels for joining us and helping out for the day!

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What was your highlight of the day?

What was your favourite exhibition?

What did you learn?

Have you ever been to a museum or IMAX theatre before?

Term Two Inquiry Topic – First Contacts

Our inquiry topic for this term is called First Contacts.

In this history based unit, students will explore:

  • Indigenous history of the eighteenth century
  • The lives of the Aborginal people at this time
  • Those who travelled to Australia on the First Fleet.
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Some of our focus questions this term will be:

  • What was life like for Aboriginal people before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • What was life like in Britain in the eighteenth century?
  • Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What were the early interactions like between the Aboriginal people and the European settlers?

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Each student also identified a “wondering” they have about this topic. Throughout the term, as we build our knowledge, we will be able to answer our wonderings.

Today we focussed on how the indigenous Australians lived. We learnt about how they used the environment to survive, the resources they made, family life, and the roles of men and women.

The students have enjoyed the introductory lessons in this unit of work. We are all looking forward to learning more about Australia’s history.

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What have you learnt so far in our First Contacts unit of work?

What do you hope to learn this term?

Can you describe what life was like for the first Australians?

Enviro Week

This week is EnviroWeek across Australia.

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Our school is celebrating Enviro Week by promoting a special activity each day. These are:

  • Monday – Pledge Day. All students in the school will make a pledge to be more environmentally friendly.
  • Tuesday – Nude Food Day. Students are encouraged to bring food and drinks that have no packaging.
  • Wednesday – Earth Hour. At 2.30pm, classes will avoid using electricity.
  • Thursday – Ride to School Day. Students travel actively to school instead of coming in cars.
  • Friday – Open Garden. Parents are welcome to look at the grade four vegie gardens after assembly.

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A student Enviro Team, led by Mr Burdess and Mr Harris, have helped to promote Enviro Week by making and displaying posters, writing articles for the school newsletter and making announcements at assembly.

The students below are the 4A and 4B members of the BHPS Enviro Team.

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The students in 4A and 4B each made a pledge to be more sustainable in their everyday lives. You can read them all below.

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Why is EnviroWeek an important event?

How can you be more environmentally friendly?

 

Class Presentations

Last week, the students in 4B presented class talks based on our inquiry topic.

This term, our inquiry topic is First Contacts. Our focus questions during this unit of work are:

  • What was life like for Aboriginal people before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • What was life like in Britain in the eighteenth century?
  • Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What were the early interactions like between the Aboriginal people and the European settlers?

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The majority of the presentation was prepared at home as a homework task. Students chose a specific topic related to the unit of work to study. They completed research at home and were free to create a visual display to complement their presentation. A variety of topics were chosen, including:

  • Family life for the first Australians
  • Indigenous food
  • Indigenous art
  • Dreamtime stories
  • Life in 18th Century Britain
  • Convicts
  • The First Fleet
  • European settlement in Australia.

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Prior to today, we discussed the important elements of a quality presentation.

All students worked hard at:

  • Speaking clearly and loudly
  • Making eye contact with the audience
  • Elaborating on information when necessary
  • Engaging the audience with a smile!

Here are some photos from our presentations.

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Everyone did a fabulous job presenting their projects to their classmates. The quality of the visual presentations (created in Keynote, Pages, PowerPoint or as a poster) was excellent and all students spoke clearly and confidently.

After each presentation, students were provided with quality feedback from the class. Presenting in front of an audience, which is called public speaking, is not an easy task, but it can be very rewarding. Miss Jordan is so proud of all of the students in 4B for doing such a wonderful job with their presentations!

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What did you think about the homework task?

What did you learn about First Contacts from watching the presentations?

How do you feel about public speaking?

Our Melbourne Museum Excursion

As part of our First Contacts unit of work, the grade four students and teachers visited the Melbourne Museum.

We had an early start, as the museum is about an hour and a half away from our school.

Melbourne Museum route

This is how our day unfolded…

8.00am: The buses departed from school.

10.00am: We arrived at the Melbourne Museum and watched Australia – Land Before Time at the IMAX theatre.

10.45am: Snack.

11.00pm: We visited the Wild exhibition.

11.30am: We explored the rest of the museum in groups.

12.30pm: Lunch.

1.00pm: We visited the First Peoples exhibition.

2.00pm: We left the museum.

3.30pm: We arrived back at school.

Here are some photos of our day

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What was your highlight of the day?

What was your favourite exhibition?

What did you learn?

Have you ever been to a museum or IMAX theatre before?

New Inquiry Topic: First Contacts

Our inquiry topic for this term is called First Contacts.

In this history based unit, students will explore:

  • Indigenous history of the eighteenth century
  • The lives of the Aborginal people at this time
  • Those who travelled to Australia on the First Fleet.

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Some of our focus questions this term will be:

  • What was life like for Aboriginal people before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • What was life like in Britain in the eighteenth century?
  • Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What were the early interactions like between the Aboriginal people and the European settlers?

Today we focussed on how the indigenous Australians lived. We learnt about how they used the environment to survive, the resources they made, family life, and the roles of men and women.

To demonstrate their learning, students created a story board to show a typical day for the first Australians. Here are some examples:

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The students have enjoyed the introductory lessons in this unit of work. We are all looking forward to learning more about Australia’s history.

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What have you learnt so far in our First Contacts unit of work?

What do you hope to learn this term?

Can you describe what life was like for the first Australians?

Our Country, Australia

The grade four students are currently learning about our country, Australia.

Soon, we will be focussing on Oceans as our inquiry theme, but we are first refreshing ourselves with knowledge about our wonderful country.

To begin the topic, students had to draw Australia and label as many states, capital cities and towns as they could. They couldn’t look at any maps or displays, it was all done from memory. It was interesting to see what different students know about Australia.

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Students were then given a map to label the states, territories and capital cities.

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Australia is in the southern hemisphere and it has a population of approximately 23,404,200. There are six states and two territories in Australia and the country is surrounded by ocean.

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What facts do you know about Australia?

Can you research a fact about Australia and write it in your comment? Remember not to copy and paste straight from websites. Write your fact in your own words.