Cultural Heritage: Same, same but different!

We started this term with Italian Week.  Over the three days the students participated a variety of activities that demonstrated different elements of Italian culture – story, song, dance, celebrations, sport, food and geography.  We enjoyed making Venetian Carnevale Masks and dancing the Tarantella.  Italian Week was a great tuning in for our inquiry learning this term.

In Year Two the students will this term be working through an inquiry to develop respect for cultural diversity and will have opportunities to explore ways that diversity presents opportunities for new experiences and understandings.

The first step in our inquiry is for students to become more familiar with elements of their own heritage and cultural background.  Over the coming week, we are asking that students interview their parents to find out about this.  A set of guiding questions have been sent home.  Information is to be collected in note form. Students will be using these notes in class to create a non-fiction poster to present to their classmates.

Some students will find this task easier than others because they have a very diverse cultural background and strong connections to cultural traditions.  Others may need to think a little harder to discover things to share.  For example my family have been in Australia for a very long time and there are very few cultural traditions, foods or activities that we hold important.  However there are many religious celebrations that are very important to my family that I could share.  Passing on of skills such as baking and craft making is also something that is significant.

All notes and any other images that may be helpful are to be at school by Friday May 2.

Here is another copy of the survey:


Good luck with your research 🙂

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