This term, the Year 1’s studied the similarities and differences in the lives of people of various generations. They invited their grandparents or older relatives to school to discover how life has changed over time. The grandparents brought along a toy, an article or photo as well as lots of memories from their youth to share with the children. The children conducted interviews with them during their visit to further their understanding of lifestyles of past generations.
The Year 1 students then performed a number of songs for their visitors in the hall. The grandparents enjoyed songs such as ‘When I’m 64’ and our school song. Morning tea was then served for our special visitors with many grandparents enjoying recess outside with their grandchild.
We were thrilled that so many grandparents and older relatives were able to join us!
The students visited Como Estate and were given the opportunity to step back in time by participating in a guided tour of the mansion, doing olden day chores, playing old fashioned games and being detectives by identifying various objects from the past.
Mrs Sargood visited to give the students a glimpse of what her life at Ripponlea Mansion consisted of 100 years ago. They experienced writing with pen and ink and realised the difficulty in maintaining neatness.
The students also participated in a Victorian School Day coming dressed up in olden day outfits. They stepped back in time into our transformed ‘old fashioned’ classrooms, using all the old rules and teaching methods. They then got to take part in a wide range of activities, such as participating in old fashioned games and art activities. Their playlunch and lunch also reflected what a child would have eaten 100 years ago at school E.g. a simple vegemite or jam sandwich wrapped in greaseproof paper with a piece of fruit in a paper bag.
This term’s unit of inquiry has really given the children a glimpse of what it would have been like to go to school one hundred years ago!