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Rainforest and Oshogatsu Inquiry: October 23-27

Another featured Japanese festival Rainforest learned this week was Oshogatsu – Japanese New Year. We know that it falls on January 1st. We researched and gathered information about the festivals through books, the internet and past experiences. Rainforest has shown that they are Knowledgeable – one of the IB Learner Profiles for this unit. Each student was able to recall facts, write, draw and document them. These new knowledge were presented as information sheet and collage poster. A visit to the temple for Hatsumode was dramatised too. Step 1, wash hands to purify. Step 2, pull rope to ring bell… Great job, Rainforest! Many wishes were made as well. I wish that my baby sister will grow up healthy. I wish that everyone can live long life. I wish I can buy toys from Pokemon Centre. I wish to go to my friend’s house!

今週の探究トピックはお正月です。日本のお正月は1月1日です。 私たちは本やインターネット、自分の体験を通してお祭りについて調べ、情報を集めました。レインフォレストは、このユニットのIB学習者プロフィールの一つである「知識がある人」になり、各自がお正月について思い出して、文章を書いたり、絵を描いたりして、記録することができました。さらに、自分達で調べて得た新しい知識を、ポスターにまとめました。初詣のお参りの仕方も練習しました。ステップ1、手を洗って清める。ステップ2、お賽銭を入れる。3.鐘を鳴らす。妹が元気に育ちますように。みんなが長生きできますように。ポケモンセンターでおもちゃが買えますように。友達の家に遊びに行けますように!など、お願い事もしました。

We made origami kimono ‘to wear’ for Oshogatsu. We created a collage to consolidate our inquiry and we had fun telling stories… “Once upon a time, there was a little girl who wore kimono for Hatsumode. After the visit to the temple, she had osechi ryori with her family.”


Here are some moments from the Halloween party. It was a great turnout, and we had so much fun! Parents, thank you for your support. Till next week, take care!