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?

 

 

 

Indigenous Rotation Day

We have started our final school term for the year with a Bang!

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Last Wednesday, to kick start our Inquiry for the term, the 3/4 Team held an Indigenous Rotation Day.

Each class rotated to all of the other 3/4 rooms to immerse themselves in different aspects of Indigenous life. The workshops we participated in were; Photographs, Videos, Geography/Location, Paintings, Fact and Fiction Sort, Symbols/Drawings and Dreamtime Stories.

Miss Fraser and Alyssa ran the Painting Workshop. We read a Dreamtime story and had a go at doing the dot painting a picture from that story.

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We learnt so much from such a short time in each workshop. We wrote down what we learnt and wonderings we had from each workshops. You can see some of them in the slides below.

What else did you learn from our Rotation Day? Do you like learning from other teachers in workshops? What is one thing that surprised you about Indigenous Life?