Class 5D have been loving their Wednesdays at the Pass where, under the expert guidance of Beau, they have been learning the basics of surfing, and how to identify and appreciate the surfing vibe - often referred to as stoke. I am happy to report that everyone has been thoroughly stoked and the Pass has treated us to some wonderful waves to practice our new skills.
In the classroom, the children have been studying significant early explorers of Australia. These European explorers opened up parts of the continent thought previously inaccessible, and allowed the spread of livestock, the finding of new land for crop growth and the expansion of early settlements. It was they who documented many of the early interactions with the indigenous peoples who already had ancient and well-established systems of settlements, languages and nations.
We have considered what the exploration of Australia by the Europeans meant for the First Australians. The children have thoughtfully discussed the terms we often hear when we speak of early Australia, such as discovery, exploration, invasion and dispossession. Finally, we looked at reconciliation and how we can each play a part in creating an inclusive modern nation for all Australians, capable of delving into the truth of our history with empathy and compassion.
The gift of the 11-year-old is an enthusiastic interest in the world and a wide-ranging sociability. Through a deepening observation of the natural world, the Class 5 child is able to engage this enthusiasm. The children have been collecting leaves to use for rubbings, as well as seed pods, bark and other natural wonders for illustration and observational writing. The awakening of the thinking realm for the 11-year-child is met with an increase in the rigour of numeracy work and the mental strategies of problem solving; daily reflective journal writing and our first group project and book review.
Our weekly specialist lessons see us sharing eurythmy, ensemble, choir, music, plaster carving, painting, sport and Indonesian culture – never a dull moment for the 11-year-old who, while glancing back to childhood for reassurance, looks forward with vigour and curiosity to early adolescence.
Class 5 Teacher