23 Jun

The Year 4s got into character for their Learning Journey, sharing their understanding and admiration for the amazing variety of human journeys throughout history. 

The students left their school uniforms at home and instead transformed into a collection of courageous explorers, nomads, migrants, merchants, fortune-seekers and adventurers.

All Types of Explorers
The explorers came from far and wide – from the ancient Northern seas of the Viking, to the bottom of the earth in frozen Antarctica. Some had journeyed through the desert, while others had reached the deepest depths of the oceans or climbed to the top of the world. Some had challenged themselves to sail solo around the world, blast themselves into space or conquered humankind’s amazing quest to fly like a bird.

Questions for Investigation
What causes humans to leave their homes and everything familiar? To make daring journeys to far-away places, risking their comfort and safety? What difference can a journey make to a person, a family or the world? During this unit the students tried to answer some of these questions.

Themes and Central Ideas
The theme for this unit was ‘Where we are in place and time’ and the Central Idea was, ‘Journeys lead to challenges, risks and opportunities.’

They began by looking together at migration journeys to South Australia in the 1800s – including reflecting on the impact of these arrivals on the Aboriginal peoples already living here.

With the help of family and friends, the students collated a list of other significant journeys throughout history and chose one of personal interest to investigate.

Researching the circumstances and motivations of these journeys, using graphic organisers and the Keynote app to organise their notes, the students plunged themselves into the depths of these explorations.

Next, the students prepared to write a historical journal based on their research, planning 16 entries in a fictional diary. They created believable characters and factual timelines for their journals, writing in first person.

Model Making
To complement the journals, they made use of the excellent facilities in the Design and Tech room to create models connected to their journeys.

The students also crafted photo frames for hand-drawn portraits, made ancient maps, letters from home, old tickets, keepsakes and other artefacts associated with their research.

Lastly, they cobbled together some creative costumes and practiced sharing their learning using character-specific language, accents and body language.

Although visitors couldn’t be with the students to see the presentation in person this year the students still enjoyed sharing their learning journey via Zoom. The students and Zoom guests learnt so much from listening to each other’s stories, whilst taking in all the amazing creations.

Article by the Year 4 Teachers.