“First Australians” Incursion

Today the grade four students enjoyed a fantastic incursion!

This term, the grade four students have studied Australian history for our inquiry unit. We have specificially foccused on the indigenous Australians, the First Fleet and European settlement during our First Contacts topic.

To conclude a great term of inquiry learning, Cynda and Barry from The History Box visited to expand our learning even more. To start the session, we learnt about and discussed a variety of topics relating to the first Australians, including:

  • Aboriginal history
  • Clans
  • Languages
  • Clothing
  • Art
  • Toys
  • Games
  • Symbols
  • Artefacts

Students then participated in three fun rotational activities. They were:

  • Learning and playing the ngaka ngaka game. It’s similar to the popular game noughts and crosses, but it has a twist!
  • Designing and creating jewellery using shells.
  • Sculpting an animal using clay and native materials.

Here are some photos that show the fun we had!

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What was your highlight from the First Australians incursion?

What did you learn?

Inquiry Class Presentations

Earlier this 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 presentations were 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 created a slideshow on their iPads to complement their presentation. A variety of topics were chosen, including:

  • Life for the first australians
  • Indigenous food
  • Indigenous art
  • Dreamtime stories
  • Life in 18th Century Britain
  • James Cook
  • Convicts
  • The First Fleet
  • European settlement in Australia.

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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 iPad presentations (created in Keynote or Slides) was excellent and all students tried very hard to speak 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?

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?

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.

First Contacts Australian History Series Book

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?