Recently the Year Five students went on an excursion to the Constitution Centre, Electoral Education Centre and Parliament House in the Perth City. Talented Year Five writer and reporter, Ella Zhao, has recounted this day so that you can all see what a wonderful, educational experience our class had!
Excursion to the Constitution Centre, Electoral Commission and Parliament House
On Monday the 17th of June, the Year 5 and 6 classes, Mr Giorgio, Mrs Renton, CJ’s Mum, Mary-Jane’s Mum, Miss Concannon and Mrs Throssell went to the Constitution Centre, Electoral Education Centre and Parliament House to learn about Democracy and the Electoral Process in Civics and Citizenship.
We left at 9.00am and arrived at 9.35am. I sat next to my friend Edna and on the way back I sat next to Grace and Hathaiphon. Everyone was so excited. It took about 30 minutes to arrive to the Constitution Centre. The Constitution Centre was in the Perth City. I saw many tall buildings.
When we arrived at the Constitution Centre, we met Miss Remmie and learnt about Democracy. It took about an hour to finish. We had to sort the Democracy cards together that matched. It was quite fun! We also had jobs to do like Handler which hands out things and puts it in the right place, Scribe which writes, Presenter which presents what we did and last but not least we had the Reader which read the cards.
After we finished learning about Democracy, we went to another class which was Kylie’s class. She was there to tell us about the Voting Process. We got to vote for Skittles, Mars Bars, Kit Kats and Malteasers. The Kit Kats won at the end but I didn’t mind because I went for all of them. After the Voting Process we went to watch an Electoral Movie. When I went in the room a statue was standing and that freaked me out. Then I realised it was a news reader.
Finally we went to Parliament House. It was 12.40pm. Before we went in, we had a Treasure Hunt. It was not that easy and not that hard. I was so excited to go in Parliament House because I knew it was an amazing place. After the Treasure Hunt, we went in Parliament House. When we went in, we met Pete and Mr Bill Johnston. I looked at the ceiling and I saw many chandeliers. They told me that it was made from 100% crystal. After Pete told us about Parliament House we went upstairs to the Lower House and learnt a bit about it.
When we went out of Parliament House the time was 2.30pm so we had to go back to school. When we went on the bus I sat with Hathaiphon and Grace, we laughed and laughed all the way pretty much for no reason. When we arrived at school, my mum was standing at the front of the bus door. I had so much fun at this excursion and learnt so much!
This term the Inquiry topic in our classroom is ‘Australian Native Birds; and we are studying a novel called ‘Storm Boy’. Storm Boy has been a best-selling book for over 55 years and is a lovely story about a single parent family, belonging and living a life in tune with the environment, written by Colin Thiele.
Although we are only coming to the end of Week Two, we have been working very hard in our classroom on various activities in the different learning areas. Here are a couple of the things we have been doing…
In Mathematics we have been measuring and constructing different types of angles such as acute, obtuse, straight and reflex angles. We have also explored how to devise an unbiased survey and represent data in a frequency table, bar graph and pictograph accurately, so data can be easily read and interpreted.
In English we have learnt how to write engaging, convincing persuasive texts in preparation for NAPLAN, which takes place in Week Three. Mrs. Renton has worked very hard preparing us for these upcoming assessments and we all feel very confident and prepared to perform our personal best, next week.
In HASS we have been learning about the three levels and government and the responsibilities that each of these levels have. We have also discussed the upcoming Federal Election and how Australian citizens have the right to vote for the candidate they feel will best represent our country as we live in a Democracy.
The election takes place on Saturday the 18th of May and it is compulsory for all Australian citizens over the age of 18 to vote. We look forward to seeing who our new representatives will be!
What a whirlwind of learning this term has been already! We have hit the ground running and tried very hard to embrace all the learning opportunities Mrs. Renton has been presented us with.
In Religion we have been celebrating the gift of our bodies and discussing how God wants us to use our bodies to communicate love and goodness
In English we have been exploring language conventions in preparation for Naplan, and in Shared Reading we are reading an entertaining novel by Roald Dahl called ‘Matilda’. In Handwriting we are working towards attaining our ‘Blue Pen’ licences. In order to achieve our licence, we have to demonstrate that we can consistently write fluently and neatly in blue pen.
In Integrated Studies we have been participating in team building activities to enhance our ability to work cooperatively with others; and we have started designing a personal coat of arms, that represents the uniqueness of our individual selves.
We are also super delighted to have our new HP touch screen laptops. The one-to-one laptop program we have in our classroom, enables us to embed technology into all that we do, on a daily basis, and we feel privileged to be using this tool to assist us with our learning.
Classroom documents Term 1: