The students in Year 8 have been looking at how the continent of Africa is perceived by their peers. Below are two extended pieces of writing which outlines their findings.
The Year 8s have been investigating different tribes that can be found within the continent of Africa. To share their knowledge the class were put into teams and were asked to create presentations.
For the final unit in I&S the Year 8s are exploring Africa as a continent. They have currently looked at the physical diversity and now they are investigating the cultural differences across the continent. To start this off the group were divided in to teams of 2 or 3 and were asked to explore a specific indigenous group using a set series of questions and resources. The teams created google slides to share their knowledge with the whole class. Below are a series of photographs showing the group presentations and the slides they created.
The students have been investigating what life was like in Medieval Mali. They have specifically looked at the importance of trading gold and salt which were found in this area and the impact this had on the wealth of the Empire. The students have also looked briefly at Mansa Musa and his pilgrimage to Mecca by exploring the ideas of Hajj and the conditions in which people travelled. To combine these two elements of trade and Hajj the students wrote a diary extract on what it was like to go on the Hajj with Mansa Musa. They could be as creative as they wished and take on any role from a trader to a slave. Images of the students work can be found below.
Students have explored the stereotypes that people have of the people of Africa. The group have completed a questionnaire and transformed the results into graphs. From that they have investigated what parts of Africa are really like focusing on the landscape, climate and ethnic diversity. To finish of this research piece the students wrote an extended piece of writing about the diversity of Africa and how the media impact our perceptions. Examples of student work can be seen below.
Year 8 have been learning how to write questionnaires and evaluate their findings. For this piece they asked students in Year 8 to write down five words that came to mind when they thought about Africa and five words for Europe. They then transformed this information in to a tally chart and then graphed their findings. A short analysis of the results was written and an evaluation of how the data could be improved was discussed. Below are examples of the outcome of the initial questionnaires.
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Year 8 students are currently undertaking studies concerning the diversity of the continent of Africa. Part of their studies required them to work in groups to research and present information about the traditions of certain ethnic groups from across the continent, including the Maasia, Berbers, Zulus and San / Bushmen. The example below shows the slides from six different presentations.
The Year 8s have been studying how five different ethnic groups in Africa live. To further this investigation and to try and bring the environment to 'life' the students were given google cardboard and asked to view four different 360 degree images of how the Berbers live. The 360 degree images were taken in the Sahara Desert, Morocco while on the Year 12 DP Geography trip this year. To view the images please visit - www.geogalot.com - Activity Four.
Dans le cadre du cours d’histoire sur l’Afrique, nous nous sommes intéressés aux préjugés et aux idées reçues sur le continent Africain.
Pour cette introduction, il a été demandé aux élèves de noter au tableau tout ce qui leur faisait penser à l’Afrique. Beaucoup de mots similaires sont ressortis: la chaleur, le désert, la pauvreté, la maladie, la musique, mais aussi des animaux et des pays africains. Suite à ça, nous avons discuté des groupes de mots qui revenaient le plus souvent et nous nous sommes demandés pourquoi.
Le but de ce petit exercice était de montrer aux élèves que les idées reçues, les préjugés peuvent influencer notre perception. D’ici quelques semaines, nous referons le même exercice pour voir si de nouveaux mots apparaissent et si notre perception de l’Afrique a changé.
Pour cela, nous allons étudier l’histoire de ce continent au travers de différents civilisations. Nous allons aussi parler du commerce et des échanges entre l’Afrique et le reste du monde dès le Moyen âge. Ainsi, nous constaterons que l’Afrique n’est pas un continent replié sur lui-même, qu’il a une histoire et une culture riche qui sont entrain d’être redécouvertes.
In the year 8 unit, Africa: Myths & Economics students explore the immense physical, historical, economic and cultural diversity of Africa and how this relates to power and global interactions such as trade and international journalism. To explore the cultural diversity of Africa we chose seven groups of people to research. It is not possible to show all of the students’ work on the website so I have selected two presentations. One is about the much overlooked Dinka people of the Sudan and the other is of the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania.