Happy International Women’s Day! In Year 6 today we celebrated the achievements of women worldwide, a reminder of how far we’ve come, while also considering the road ahead. What did you do to celebrate International Women’s Day?
This year’s theme is #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. Here are how some of us are going to #PressforProgress. We would love to hear how you are going to.
Last night we were treated to a surprise visit from Pete who dazzled us with his magic tricks! Cards appeared on the ceiling and in pockets, ropes became linked together, and tissues that were ripped apart suddenly ended up whole as if they were never torn.
The girls slept beautifully last night and are ready for an action packed day or snorkelling, rafting and treasure hunting. We are sure they will sleep even better tonight parents!
We prepared and cooked our own dinner tonight. It was so delicious that we can’t wait to cook it for our families when we get home – spaghetti, vegetables and bolognese. What did we miss out on for dinner at home?
Welcome to Year 6 2018 and welcome to our class blog. We would love you to visit us often and see what we have been learning at school. It’s a great idea to subscribe to our blog so that you will receive an email when we write a new post. Please leave us comments too.
In our first week our Social Action Reps were involved in some planting on this amazing new green wall.
In class we all explored how we are feeling about Year 6 with a NESW Compass Points thinking routine and we worked together to see who could make the longest paper chain. The longest was an impressive 5.7 metres.
We have had a busy but exciting start to 2018 and hope you will follow and support us in our learning journey.
Do you love thinking outside of the box about real life issues that affect our world?
This is what Year 6 have been doing in our exhibition unit relating to Sharing the Planet.We are creating artworks which represent the underlying message in our central ideas. They are not finished but here are a few initial thoughts for you to ponder over. Come along next Thursday and Friday to view our exhibition findings.
Do you know much about foot binding or calligraphy?
In novel studies this term we have been reading Chinese Cinderella. It is about an unwanted chinese girl and her struggle to prove her worth. The book had many aspects of chinese culture. We researched Calligraphy and Foot Binding. We found some really interesting information we’d like to share.
Calligraphy is an ancient Chinese tradition. In China, Calligraphy is considered the highest level of art. Unlike any other writing it is thought to be better than a painting or sculpture. Calligraphy has been done since 3000 years ago and at first was done on large animals shoulder bones or turtles shells which was called shell and bone script. Calligraphy is a thing that is done using a bowl of ink, a brush and often a bowl of water if they had access to it. In China calligraphy used to be done with paper made of rice or hemp. Calligraphy has evolved and the modern version of it is sometimes called Hand Lettering. Hand Lettering is a way of making writing aesthetically pleasing. It can include flourishes,accents and embellishments.
Foot binding was a popular tradition in China. Young girls from the ages four to nine had their feet bound. Most binding was done during the Winter, as the coldness numbs their feet so they feel a lot less pain. They bound it by breaking every toe except the big toe and then folding it under the sole of their foot. Someone (parents even did it) then broke the arch of the foot and their feet were then compressed with bandages to keep the form of their modified feet. One of the reasons foot binding was done was because people found it attractive if women had their feet bound. It also showed the family’s high status and that those women didn’t need their feet to work, so they were really important.
There are many health issues with binding feet. The main problem with binding feet was the infections caused by it. The women’s toenails would often grow inwards, causing infection in the foot. For this reason, some girl’s toenails were taken off altogether. If the infection in the feet and toes entered the bones, it often resulted in the arch softening even more and whole toes dropping off. This was actually seen as a good thing, as it meant that the foot could be bound even tighter. Because of the tight binding on the feet, circulation to the toes was mostly cut off and any toe injuries were unlikely to heal and the flesh sometimes rotted. Foot binding became very popular back then in China, women who didn’t need their feet required in their job and who were wealthy most of the time got their feet bound. by Natalya, Alice, Sienna S, Tara and Jaemi.
The girls visited the National Capital Exhibition this morning where they learned about how Canberra was designed and built. They were given the opportunity to design new structures for Canberra out of lego. Here are some of their designs. What would you like to see built in Canberra?