Library News | Junior School
There are so many fabulous books that help the students make better sense of the world around them. This week I will share three library books that were used for learning in the Year Four, Year Two and Year One classes.
Year Four have just begun a new unit of Inquiry, Sharing the Planet. Last week we read the book; Desert Lake, The story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre by Pamela Freeman. The boys also watched some information from the Bureau of Meteorology about how the desert becomes a lake every few years. The boys were asked to pretended that they had just been on the aircraft that flew over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and to write a postcard back to their family or friends describing what they had seen.
In Year Two, we have been looking into How We Express Ourselves. This has been examined through the line of inquiry of Signs and Symbols facilitate local and global communication.
During Library, we have been reading The Flag Book, The amazing stories behind the world’s flags by Moira Butterfield. Last week we looked at how pirates communicated with their different flags. The boys were then asked to draw a pirate ship and choose a pirate flag to communicate to the other sailors.
Jacob – The red flag; fight to the death!
Leo – “If I choose the Red Jolly Roger flag is means I will fight to the death; if I choose the Black Jolly Roger flag it means that I will make them surrender without a fight.”
Year One have been investigating Changes in technology have shaped the way we live. Last week we read information books regarding the changing technology of televisions.
Remote learning as provided the great opportunity to be able to draw parents into the learning. Being at home and more available to ask questions about their own experiences with television growing up, proved to be an insightful, informative and rich experience. It was really special for boys to find out more about their parent’s experiences of what life was like when they were six or seven years old.
- How many TV’s did you have at my age? We had no TV at my age of six in Korea. Only one TV, my neighbour. I would go and watch a popular TV show for children at their house.
- Size and colour: 14 inch TV in the early 1980’s and only black and white was available in Korea. My parents bought a TV when I was ten.
- Favourite show: An animation of Korean martial arts. It was broadcasted every weekend.
- Significant world event watched: Soul Olympic Games 1988. Still remember the opening and closing ceremony and the theme song Hand in hand. Korea ranked 4th place at that Olympic Games.
Enjoy the break and I hope you can find some time to read some great books over the holidays. I am planning on reading Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, The Riviera House by Natasha Lester and Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty.
Nikki Bowden | Teaching and learning Librarian
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