Mark Greenwood Author Visit

Today the Grade Four students had an incursion with West Australian author, Mark Greenwood.

Mark has written many award winning picture story books that focus on Australian history and legends. Some of our favourite stories by Mark are Jandamarra, The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef, Simpson and his Donkey and Our Big Island.

We have been reading Mark’s books in class, and it was great to meet him in person and listen to his stories. He told us lots of great tales from his adventures in outback Australia and abroad.


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After the incursion, we wrote letters to Mark to thank him for visiting and to inform him of our highlights of the presentation. Miss Jordan will email the blog link to Mark so he can read the letters.

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Thank you to Mark Greenwood for inspiring and motivating the grade four students to write, tell stories and follow your passions!

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What did you enjoy about the presentation?

Do you have a favourite Mark Greenwood book?

What do you like to write stories about?

How did Mark inspire you to create and write stories?

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?