Celebration of Learning Afternoon

Today the grade four classes hosted parents and family members for our final Celebration of Learning afternoon.

You can read about our two previous afternoons here and here.

The purpose of this afternoon was for students to showcase and present their group projects, which were PowerPoint presentations based on our inquiry topic, First Contacts.

A variety of topics were covered, including life in 18th Century Britain, life for the First Australians, indigenous artwork, the First Fleet journey and convicts.

Students have been working hard for the past week on their presentations. The steps involved in creating the presentation were:

1. Form groups and decide on a specific topic to present.

2. Plan the presentation.

3. Research the topic online and in library books.

4. Put the information you researched into your own words.

5. Design an interesting and visually appealing PowerPoint presentation (including image attributions and a bibliography).

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Everyone did a fabulous job presenting their projects to their classmates, parents and family members. Prior to the afternoon, we discussed the important elements of a quality presentation.

All students worked hard at:

1. Speaking clearly and loudly.

2. Making eye contact with the audience.

3. Elaborating on information when necessary.

4. Engaging the audience with a smile!

Here are some photos from our afternoon. Thanks to our photographer, Ava!

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After each presentation, students and parents provided quality feedback to the group. Presenting in front of an audience, which is called public speaking, is not an easy task, but it can be very rewarding. Miss Jordan is so proud of all of the students in 4KJ for doing such a wonderful job with their presentations!

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What did you enjoy about our special afternoon?

What did you learn about First Contacts from watching the presentations?

How do you feel about public speaking?

Learning About The First Australians

As we have previously blogged about, the grade four students at Leopold Primary School are currently learning about First Contacts.

Our student teacher, Miss Smith, has taught three great inquiry lessons this week.

Earlier in the we week focussed on the conditions of the land in Australia when the Aboriginals first arrived. We also explored family life for the first Aboriginal Australians before European settlement.

To demonstrate their learning, students created a story board to show a typical day for the first Australians.

We then started to think about what life was like for the first Australians and how different our lives are today. To compare how Aboriginal people live today compared to the first indigenous Australians, students made Venn diagrams.

Yesterday we read a dreamtime story titled Rainbow Bird by Eric Maddern and Adrienne Kennaway.

Students then enjoyed learing some interesting facts about Aboriginal art. We discovered the symbols that were used in indigenous desert art. Students created their own messages and stories for other people to interpret, using the symbols.

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What was life like for the first Australians?

What did indigenous Australians have to do during a typical day?

How is your life different to the lives of the first Australians?

What message did you make with the indigenous symbols?

New Inquiry Topic – First Contacts

Our inquiry topic for Term Four is called First Contacts.

In this history based unit, students will explore:

  • Indigenous history of the eighteenth century
  • The lives of the aborginal people at this time
  • Those who travelled to Australia on the First Fleet

First Contacts Australian History Series Book

Some of our focus questions this term will be:

  • Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
  • What was life like for Aboriginal people before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What were the early interactions like between the Aboriginal people and the European settlers?

The students have enjoyed the introductory lessons in this unit of work. We are all looking forward to learning more about Australia’s history.

What have you already learnt in our First Contacts unit of work?

What do you hope to learn this term?

Can you describe what life was like for the first australians?