In language, we have started to look at myths and legends. After reading some Greek, Roman and Japanese myths, Grade 5 discussed the features and created a class toolbox on our language wall for us to refer to. The children read the opening to the legend of Yamata no Orochi and plotted the first part of the story on a storyboard. They then created a character profile of Susano, the protagonist and hero of the story, using drama to spark their imagination and develop a wider bank of descriptive vocabulary.
In inquiry, the children began by tuning into our new unit and trying to develop questions. They were able to make connections between our visit to the Museum of the Ancient Orient before the break and many images concluded that we were learning about the history of Japan.
We have also been looking at maps to identify the geographical features of different locations. Grade 5 then used this knowledge to recreate a map of Japan and create a massive salt dough model. It was a bit tricky finding somewhere to put it! We will begin painting it next week hopefully when the dough begins to dry out.
Finally, Grade 5 stepped back in time during a visit to the Edo Tokyo Museum. The children learnt about time during the Edo period and generated questions about what life was like, why people settle in certain places and how things have changed.