At the conclusion of our learning about Life in the Past we decided to create our own History by making a Time Capsule. We all wrote a letter to ourselves, drew our best picture and added special momentoes from the year. Each of us had our own bag to put in the things that represented our story in 2011. The bags were then locked in a Plastic Tub and a sign was added with a note, to open the capsule in 2015. We will all be in the senior school then. The 3 Junior Classes all gathered together and we placed the Time Capsules under the school building. It will be very interesting to see what changes in the next 4 years. We have helped to create History!
This week we had a celebration of Learning. We have made so many new discoveries about Life in the Past so we decided to Dress up for the olden days. It was so much fun seeing all the old clothes. We worked at the old desk and shared all the things we now know about the past.
Our new learnings are:
* Life in the past was much harder than today
* With new technology we now have machines that make life easier
* The stories of our Grandparents childhoods help us to appreciate how much easier life is today
* Our grandparents worked hard to help us have a better life
* Life in the past was simpler and slower
* Children in the olden days had more freedom to play and go on adventures
* Understanding our history is an important part of our own story
The students have made their first Glogsters to share their learning about the Olden Days. These digital posters are very creative and show some of the new knowledge gained through our inquiry unit.
What a fantastic day we had when all of our Grand Parents and special friends came to visit. As we have been learning about What life was like in the past, it was a great opportunity to share our stories and life in the olden days. Our Grandparents brought in old photos to share. We showed them all around our classroom, our special work and computer skills. They were amazed at how much has changed. They enjoyed playing on the interactive whiteboard. Our grandparents shared stories about olden day schools, the milkman, the punishments, the games and the mischief they got up to with friends. It was an invaluable shared learning experience for us all.
We are discovering the elements of art and exploring how to sketch buildings. We went outside and looked at the lines, shapes and shades of each part of the buildings. Next we sat and tried to sketch the buildings.
We are very proud of our sketches.
The following week we studied some famous landmarks from around Melbourne and we had a go at drawing them with pastel. The black background not only makes the vibrant colours stand out but it also highlights the shade and lines that we used.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been researching the different games that children played at school in the olden days.
We asked our parents, teachers and grandparents. We also researched on the internet.
We discovered that children around the world have many games that are the same, some are similar and some are different. Many of the games are still played today. We enjoyed trying new games like “Oranges and Lemons” ” Drop the hanky” and the Hand clapping rhymes. We hope that you learn something from our Voicethread and please add some comments.
Today, at the end of a long week, we explored our creativity by using newspaper to capture some of the images that we have been researching, to learn more about the past. We have been focussing on olden day schools. transport and pastimes.
The students have a particular interest in horse and carts and the games children used to play.
We used newspaper to give our art that old black and white effect.
Newspaper Art on PhotoPeach
Newspaper Art on PhotoPeach
We are beginning a new Inquiry Unit of work Titled “Time Travellers.”It will be about investigating Changes over time and valuing the things of the past.
Our BIG RICH question is “What was Life like for the people of the past?”
We will also investigate the following questions:
How has school changed?
Has anything stayed the same?
How can we find out about what it was like in the past?
What other things might have changed that we might like to find out about?
Why do things change?
Who lived in our community in the past?
If you can help us to discover the answers to some of our questions we would love to hear from you!