The day started off with numeracy which introduced the concept of decimals. Students engaged in class discussion sharing their knowledge and understanding about what decimals are.
Alex R shared with the class that decimals are a point that separate the numbers between 1 and 100. This knowledge was then extended to understanding that decimals are the numbers between consecutive whole numbers such as 1 and 2. Students then engaged in the lesson through a series of workshops that challenged their knowledge and understanding of the topic of decimals, these tasks included locating numbers involving decimals on a number line and adding decimals. It was great to see students having a go at answering the questions.
After maths students went out for 15 minutes of fitness. Relays were set for students to group themselves into teams and run from one end of the hall to the other. Students were all cheering and encouraging one another to keep going, using their leadership and teamwork to complete the relays.
After recess students revisited living and non-living things. Students all shared their knowledge on what makes something living:
Kai: It can move and grow.
Alex M: It needs energy to move.
Alex R: It has to be able to reproduce or make more of itself. It will pass on.
Emily S: It will need food and water
Joshua: It needs to be able to breathe.
Luka: It can feel emotions.
Sreyleab: It can change, it can grow.
Tyron: It changes what it looks like.
Seanna: It can respond to different things.
Shashant: It adapts
Haadi: It can talk
The class had a good understanding on the characteristics that makes something living and non-living. Today’s lessons focused on living things grow. As a result, all living things go through different stages and cycles of growth. They were soon given the task to choose their own animal to research, draw, and write about their chosen animal’s life cycle.
4MR and 4PB then had their Spanish lessons before lunch.
After lunch we all shared our knowledge on Aboriginal art and Sorry Day to create Aboriginal art that acknowledged Australian history. Before starting we sat down for a class discussion.
What do you know about Aboriginal Art?
Alex R: It is mostly dots.
Haadi: You use your fingers.
Seanna: Aboriginal painting usually use Aboriginal symbols.
Blessings: Sometimes they use sticks.
Djaran: Dot painting is sometimes used to tell stories.
Luka: They mostly use red, orange, brown, yellow and black.
Shashant: They use these colours because they use mixtures from the stuff around them.
Lolla: Sometimes when you have paint, you can use symbols and itcan mean something.
Sam G: They use different coloured sand and leaves, bark to make their coloured paint.
What is the significance of Sorry Day?
Ater: Saying sorry to the people that didn’t get to vote.
Bon: A day we say sorry to the Aboriginal children that we have taken away from their parents.
Cam: We took their land.
Lolla: We are saying sorry because we took their families and took them to a different place.
Djaran: Apologising them for mistreating them they way we did.
Luka: Saying sorry for not letting them speak their own language.
Haadi: Because we killed the Aboriginals.
Minh-Vuong: We say sorry cause we took their land and we took the Aboriginal children.
It was amazing to hear their answers and extensive knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal art and Aboriginal history. Students were then set the task to design their artwork using red, orange, yellow, brown and black to create artwork inspired by the Indigenous Australians and incorporate our history and the portray the importance of sorry day in their art using their creativity.
It was great to see them using their imagination and creativity to design their artwork and present it onto paper.