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Culture Day 2017

On Friday 26th May we held a culture day across the school. Each class focussed on a different culture, finding out about the history and customs and expressing this though dance. Parents were invited to an assembly at the end of the day to watch the dances.

      

Class 3 focused on Aboriginal art. We learnt Aboriginal people lived in Australia for over 40,000 years, making them one of the oldest cultures in the world.

Other key facts:

  • They live in the central desert region.
  • They eat seeds, fruit, vegetables, reptiles and insects.
  • Their beliefs focused on the natural environment.
  • Dreamtime stories tell of when the world was created and their art shows these stories through secret symbols.
  • Their paintings are used for teaching
  • They are not allowed to paint a story that doesn’t belong to them.

We discussed Aboriginal art and had a go at our own. We focused on the geometrical style found in central Australia which involves circles, arcs and dots. Also, we took part in an Aboriginal dance workshop and put on a performance for parents at the end of the day. Ask us how the kangaroo got its tail. 

Class Four focused on the USA for our Culture Day. We looked at the significance of the stars and the stripes on their flag and discussed the declaration of independence from Great Britain. We also looked at the different currency, foods and school system. The children were surprised to learn that laws and systems often differ between states. We were able to recognise some of the most famous landmarks and to say where they can be found in the USA.

All children had a map of the USA and were challenged to correctly name the 50 states using a key. They then moved onto a quiz based on the location of different states and using compass directions.

We had a great time learning our dance and performing to our parents and carers at the end of the day!

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