Our Cultural Family Room 13 children come from all over the world and have a variety of cultures. We celebrate our differences and are glad that we are all unique. Some of us can speak in a language other than English. We link ourselves to the following countries, China, South Korea, Philippines, Samoa, Canada, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Fiji. Every morning we call the roll in a range of greetings. How many languages can you say good morning in?
Our Place in Society We looked at where we fit into society. We discovered that we are members of many groups such as our family, after school activities, Willowbank School, East Auckland, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, The World. We then listed why each group was special. We found it easy to list lots of things for most groups, however finding unique things about East Auckland was the trickiest.
Roles & Responsibilities We studied some jobs in society and talked about why they were important to us. We also made lists of what we thought their responsibilities would be. We chose kids, mums, dads, teachers, health professionals, firemen, policemen We realized how important it is to have people who will care for us and look after us. It’s what makes our community special
NZ a-Thon Willowbank School held a NZ a-Thon to help us learn more things about this beautiful country of ours. Everyone in the school were so excited and worked hard to uncover the answers. Some of the children in Room 13 even won prizes for our efforts Watch out! We would like to quiz our parents on our open day to see how much they know about New Zealand
2011 Rugby World Cup Rugby has always been a favourite New Zealand game, and has become part of the kiwi culture. This year the Rugby World Cup was held in our city, our country. There were 20 teams that competed and the All Blacks won! We are now the world champions! The All Blacks have the NZ silver fern on their jumpers and we used this symbol when we created our calendar art.
Indian Culture One of our mums came in and showed us a slide show of all the special things in India. It made some of us want to visit there one day. She used henna to create a peacock design on Miss Ross’ arm. It looked beautiful. We then made our own using felts Henna is a plant that can be made into a paste. You then use it to create designs on the skin, usually for celebrations.
Rangoli Patterns Rangolipatterns are used in the Indian culture during celebrations. They are often placed in an entrance way to welcome others. They are said to bring good luck.
Manderin Anotherone of our mum’s came in and wrote some words in Manderin on the white board for us to learn. Most of us found this fun, but very tricky. Why don’t you give it a go.
Chinese celebrations Some of our students told us that in China they use lanterns and fans in their celebrations. We decided to create some of our own and had such a wonderful time doing it. We are now experts and will be happy to teach you.
Korus Korus are often used in Maori and NZ art. It is spiral shape based on the NZ silver fern. It represents new life and growth Room 13 made some of our own koru art. You can see them around our room.
Buddhist Temple Team 1 wanted to learn more about other cultures so we visited the Buddhist Temple. It was so peaceful and had beautiful gardens and lots of bells. We learnt all about Buddah, and our guide suggested to us that we do good, think good and say good each day. We had lunch there. Some of us thought we were eating chicken, but it was actually crispy soy. We felt proud that we had tried something new. When we came back we made some of our own temples. You can see our photos displayed in our room.
Taking Action –Our Big Idea When deciding on what we could do to showcase our inquiry journey, we had a walk around the school. We noticed there wasn’t enough children’s art on display, so we made a decision to make some of our own. We came up with the idea of making tiles. They would represent a piece of culture that we personally relate to..
Cultural Tiles We first brainstormed all the pieces of art we had done; korus, chinese writing, silver ferns, kiwis, art from NZ a Thon, flags, greetings, rangoli patterns and henna. We then made a pros and cons list of what would be tricky with each design if we were to use a paintbrush. Eg would it hard to paint little stars? We each thought of our own design and practiced for a few days on paper. We repeated the same picture each time to ensure it always looked the same. We decided we would use outside tiles and paint them and then display them on a wall for visitors to see somewhere around our school. We couldn’t get hold of the tiles we wanted so we brainstormed some new solutions.
Making Decisions We decided that we could use material tiles instead. We ordered in some special fabric and copied our designs on to the material. We were very careful. We used 2 main colours for our base. The next day some of us used material felts to draw finer detail on in a 3rd colour. We used the projector to look at various ways we could display our work and found a quilt. Miss Ross said she could sew all our tiles together to make one.
More brainstorming &decision making Our next problem to solve was, how we could hang our work up in order to display it. We brainstormed some more ideas and decided to look at some options on the projector. Our solution was to sew material loops on to the top our quilt and insert a piece of wood to hold them on to.
Reflection We were happy with our individual designs but if we did it all over again we would put more effort into them. Most of us were careful when we used the paint and paintbrushes so our work turned out well. Most of us were happy with using material for our tiles. We would still like to use outside tiles one day so lots of visitors get to see our work. We learnt lots about our country and other cultures during this inquiry