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Our preparation for Miss Rogers and Mrs Simm going to Tanzania's Arise School continues and Year 5 have looked at some of the research of famous anthropologists and case studies of Chambri people, Awa tribes and macaque monkeys. Then, in groups, the presented their research and analysis of the studies and shared it with the other groups. It was interesting to evaluate what influences the way we perceive gender roles and what influences the gender roles in our families. The children finally reflected on their own experience in their Connecting Classrooms journals.
Today, the children in Year 5 looked at what 'gender' means and when they came across the word. We discussed that gender is not just if you are a man or a woman, but also what social traditions, expectations and assumptions are linked to being a man or a woman.
Discussing in mixed groups, the pupils were put in front of a seemingly easy task; to sort out adjectives, careers, chores at home and childcare tasks into a Venn diagram, depending on whether they associate these with men, women or both.
It was amazing to watch the children draw on their experience and what part the background they are from has on their opinions and decisions. Furthermore, they were able to recognise that different people associate different things with being a man or a woman, and that that's OK. A discussion, which was supposed to last 10 minutes, lasted almost 40 minutes and even when working independently in their Project Books, the children could not help but discuss this topic further.
I cannot wait to go to Arise and ask the pupils their opinions and then report back on this to my Year 5!
'Excited' does not capture well enough how we feel! Now the flight tickets have been bought and visas received, planning and delivering lessons ongoing in both Cronton and Arise schools in preparation for the upcoming trip to Tanzania at the end of February.
This week, the children in Year 5 will begin to explore the topic Gender Equality and will start having discussion and work on the project. Meanwhile, Arise staff had been teaching 'Zero Hunger' and 'Gender Equality' focused lessons.
We cannot wait to go to Tanzania and see the fantastic work the children their produced while sharing our work with them!
Wow! Only a week ago we found out we received funding for our 'Connecting Classrooms' Project, and so much work and learning has already been done in preparation for February visit to Arise! Sue and Ron from ACE kindly shared photos and video with us of the children planting pumpkins, which will be ready for Harvest in...February! Mrs Simm and I should brush up on our cooking skills and find some well-tested recipes for pumpkin soups, cakes and pies! If you have any, send them to school!
New logo revealed!
Focusing on two Sustainable Development Goals (Zero Hunger and Gender Equality), we have created a name and a logo for our partnership with Arise School. It celebrated diversity, cooperation and unity and will become a symbol of this amazing project.