Forensics Incursion

** Guest Post by Lily.M**

On Friday, 3/4 D and several other 3/4 classes went to the gym for the Forensic Science Incursion. Everyone had a great time!

Phoebe, our guest, told a fascinating story about the crime scene, and showed us different tables filled with interesting things to help solve the the 2 mysteries:

Who attacked Joseph Connor?

Who stole valuables from the auction house?

The information on the many tables taught us about DNA, fingerprints, and even a tent encasing a small lamp glowing with ultraviolet light. Almost all of things on the tables were things forensic scientists use to investigate a crime scene. Phoebe even said the ink on the fingerprints table was identical to that used in the FBI!  After carefully putting together all the clues we had gathered, we solved the mystery!

We also used the information learned from the DNA activity to find a student (Abbey C from our class) who matched the description, and Phoebe handcuffed and questioned her. She admitted to all the crimes, but despite our wishes, she was freed.

Did you enjoy the incursion? Which activities did you like the most? 

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?