Book Week is just around the corner (August 24th - 28th) and our students have been using the Book Week theme, "Books light up the world" to investigate different countries.
Kindergarten and Years One and Two started their investigations with a shared reading of "Going Home" by Margaret Wild. This story takes a sick boy on a dream adventure to a different country each evening. In response, students explored our reference books- atlases and encyclopaedias - and examined the world globe to learn more about each country that Hugo, the main character visited.
They made Mayan relics and Sugar Skulls after learning about Mexican history and cultural traditions. They painted traditional Adinkra paintings, similar to those on fabrics in Africa. Some students painted double decker buses after learning about England's history and culture (and they loved listening to 'The Beatles'!).
Finally, we concluded our unit with two stories about Chinese-born, Australian Fang Fang, who did not want to speak Chinese or go to Chinese New Year Celebrations. After viewing and discussing the stories behind Chinese New Year, we also made dragons.
Our Library is looking very festive and we can't wait to listen to Years 3 to 6 group presentations on a country of their choice. These groups have been working very hard to produce presentations on PowerPoint, Haiku Deck and cardboard. Again, learning to use our reference books and online learning paths has been a great experience for these groups.