Aboriginal for a Day

On Friday, all of the Grade 3/4s had an incursion called “Aboriginal for a Day” from Cultural Infusion.

We held a welcoming ceremony in the theatre to begin with, where we met Big Al and his sons Pancakes and Azza. We were told the three rules of the day were to;

1. Have fun

2. Follow all directions

3. Have fun!

We also had our faces painted in the colours of the tribe where Big Al and his family come from. They are originally from Western Australia.

Painted Faces

Painted Faces

After our welcoming ceremony, we split into three groups to complete the three different workshops for the day. 3/4D joined forces with 3/4C and some of the 3/4Goldfish to complete the workshops. First, we listened to Big Al tell the story of the biggest crocodile. The story Big Al told was many thousands of years old!

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After snack, we drew symbols with Pancakes. He was impressed about how much we already knew about Indigenous symbols. Then we had a dance lesson with Azza. We were split into four different groups and taught to dance like four different animals – waitch (emu), maloo (kangaroo), bunjool (eagle) and carda (goanna) (Miss Fraser is not sure she has spelled these words correctly so please forgive her!)

After lunch, all the 3/4s gathered in the theatre again for our closing ceremony. First, Azza performed in his tribe’s clothes the “Dance of the Spirit Tree”. One student from each class was chosen to perform their animal dance with Azza while Pancakes played the didgeridoo. Did you know that the didgeridoo was given that name by Captain Cook? The Indigenous people call it a yidaki though.

We thoroughly enjoyed our incursion and learnt so much! Thanks to Big Al, Pancakes and Azza for coming to our school (for the second time in a week!)

What learning stuck with you from the incursion? What was your favourite part from the incursion?

 

 

 

Every Kid Needs a Champion

We watched a TED talk by Rita Pierson called “Every Kid Needs a Champion

As the year comes to an end, this made Miss Fraser reflect on what kind of teacher she is to 3/4D and to all the other kids in the school. Miss Fraser became a teacher because she loves kids and wants to inspire them. Think about teachers that you have had in your schooling life. What can you remember about them?

Have you ever had a champion teacher? Why were they a champion? We would love to hear your inspirational stories!

Athletics

On Friday, all of the 3/4 students took a short bus ride to a local oval to compete in a day of Athletics events.

When we arrived, we all competed in the 200m race. We then had our choice of competing in different events. We could choose from 100m, Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Discus and Shot Put.

We all tried very hard and enjoyed our day. Big thanks to all parent helpers who attended and helped with organising events. Big thanks also to Piza who made the day possible.

What events did you compete in? What did you think of our Athletics day?

Let’s Go Shopping!

This post originally appeared on the “Our Global Classroom” blog and all rights and credit for this activity is to Mrs Joyce. Click here to see the original and visit “Our Global Classroom”

Let’s Go Shopping!

It’s Christmas time and we all love to shop. Here is your mission:

You have $1000 to spend, spend it all.

1. You must spend $500 on yourself.

2. You must use $500 to spend on your imaginary family.

– You have a mum and a dad, two sisters (6 years old and 15 Years old) and a brother (18 years old).

3. You can only shop at Kmart and Target

4. You must record all you buy, costs and a running total of your spending.

5. You can not over spend and you can only have less than $5 left over. So, try and spend wisely.

6. Each member of the family must get two gifts each and you must buy at least 10 items for yourself.

Here are the links –

http://www.kmart.com.au

http://www.target.com.au

Happy spending!

Walktober

Throughout the month of October, our school has been participating in…

where we walk to and from school and record our walks for the whole month of October.

Some of our wonderful teachers started walking from a short distance away from the school on Friday mornings and encouraged other students, teachers and parents to join us. Students were able to be dropped off and walk with us, which was great if they lived too far away to walk to school normally!

(The teachers have decided to continue our Friday Fitness Walking Club for the rest of the year and will be walking from the Red Post Box at 8:30 every Friday morning – feel free to join us, we would love your company!)

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Each class recorded their walks on a classroom calendar. Once the month was over, the Learning Lizards collected the classroom calendars and used the data to find;

  • How many students were in each class
  • How many students in each class walked at least once in the whole month
  • How many walks each class recorded
  • The mean, median, mode and range of each class’ data

 

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**We found out some amazing facts about Walktober for our school.**

Out of our 618 students in the school, 544 students walked at least once in the month of October. That’s an 88% participation rate!

There were 9404 walks recorded for the whole school!

The total number of walks for each year level were:
Prep: 703
Grade 1/2: 3285
Grade 3/4: 3179
Grade 5/6: 2237

You can see more of the data in the spreadsheet below. Some measures of central tendencies (mean, median, mode & range) have not yet been filled in.

What did you enjoy most about Walktober? Does your school participate in Walktober? Do you normally walk to or from school? What are some benefits of walking to or from school?