In our Protective Behaviours Program, we learnt about gender stereotyping. We are surrounded by this in many aspects. The class discussions have generated a myriad of ways that this is presented to us, from advertisements to everyday shopping. The major shop chains categorise girls' and boys’ clothes and toys according to colours. As results of this, it has captured our interest and we have lots to say on the subject. At home, we have been looking for advertisements that show gender stereotyping and were excited to present our findings to the class. All of our presentations were different. We were given the opportunity to spend time with our parents to discuss the task and they, in turn, provided feedback to our class teachers.
We were very excited about Book Week. So many books to read and so little time. What favourite book to choose to ‘Find the Treasure Within’. We came up with some novel ideas and unusual costumes. The hunt for the ‘Find the Treasure’ cards, had us put on our ‘thinking caps’ and decipher the clues our teachers gave us. Some of the clues were challenging but we found those yellow cards in the end. A brilliant idea Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale. We were so lucky to have Mrs Erskine read to 4G and Mrs Noonan read to 4M. We enjoyed the stories and they had an enthralled audience.
In reading, we are learning about ‘determining importance’. To discover the main ideas or the important facts versus the interesting facts. We were given the opportunity to discuss these in our reading groups and it was interesting what some people thought was important and what others thought was important. After much discussion, we finally agreed on what was important or essential to understand the text.
Ms Dean, Mrs McCarthy, Miss Mannas and Mrs Peters