We enjoyed our “Aboriginal for a Day” incursion so much that we decided to write to Big Al, Pancakes and Azza to thank them for coming to our school.
We learned how to write letters properly. We needed to put the return address in the top right corner of our letter – this was something new that we learned to do when we typed our letters up on the computer.
Miss Fraser and 3/4D wrote an example letter using this letter generator. Click to have a go for yourself!
After our letters were written and typed up, we put them in envelopes and walked to the post box at the end of our street. We then sent off our letters by posting them.
Thanks to Kymberley for joining us on our walk!
Have you ever written a letter to someone? Have you ever had a Pen Pal? Is letter writing still an important skill to learn?
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.
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!
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?