Sensational Sixes

What’s in a name?

It is a funny thing how many of us spend most of our lives not knowing much, if anything, about our surnames and where they come from. Yet, our surnames are the first sense of belonging we are given, our first identity.

The grade 6s were given the task of researching their surname as well as their family history. They then had to present their findings to the class in the form of an oral…and it has been fascinating!

It has been wonderful to learn about the diverse backgrounds which we all come from and to be able to celebrate our heritage. Many of the children have been very surprised by what they have learned about their parents, grandparents and forefathers.

What a fun and special way to learn more about each other!

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‘My surname’ Orals.

During the last few weeks the grade sixes have been presenting orals based on their surnames and their family history. It has been a really fun and interesting way to get to know the children and the English teachers have thoroughly enjoyed listening to them.

This was used as a ‘warm up’ oral for the year, just to get one under the belt and to take away the usual anxiety which accompanies the first oral.

It was also great to see how much the children learned about their families and their ancestry through this activity.

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