This was the last week of our inquiry into how "We learn about civilisations from what was left behind".
Over the course of the unit, the children have enjoyed finding out about what archaeology is for and what an archaeologist does. They have developed their thinking and observational skills when examining artefacts. They have discovered more about Pompeii and undertaken independent research into civilisations of their choice. They have also reflected on what evidence will be left behind by today's societies and created a small piece to add to a class legacy board, to leave behind themselves.
This week, they have had some hands-on practise with using maps and grids drawn by their peers, to find hidden objects and have then analysed these finds. They commented that it was sometimes hard to follow a map and that it needed details to help us locate things easily.
They have also reflected on what they have learnt and began to make connections between the various civilisations to find similarities and things they have in common.
The students collaborated on a class information book entitled "The Big Book of Ancient Civilisations", in which they shared some of their research. They applied their knowledge of text features and how informational books are organised.
They have expanded their technical vocabulary and many now use words such as "excavate, midden, ancient, temples, artefacts, pyramids, tombs, scientists" in their discussions and writing.
We enjoyed spending some time with 2.2 and K2 this week during which small groups shared their knowledge of maps, compasses and beebots and also read together. We also enjoyed an interactive presentation by some Grade 5 students about food and cooking.
This week also saw the final conference of the year in which the students led their parents around school and shared various activities and learning. It was great to see them taking responsibility for explaining what they had done and showing off the things they were proud of.
Finally, we were proud to have both the winners from the Eco-Design Challenge come from our class. Mia and Liam made a platypus and a windmill respectively to win the Animal and Buildings categories. Our class definitely enjoy using our recycled and art resources areas to explore and create and it was lovely to see this creativity recognised.
Grade 2.1 are a class of 7 and 8 year old students who attend ISS International School in Singapore. We learn together and play together and enjoy sharing our discoveries with you.