Sunday, 1 January 2017

Summer Learning Journey Day 15 WK.3

Day 15 – Art History
It’s the final day of Week 3 and you are feeling more and more comfortable in the country. You decide that you would now like to learn a bit more about the people and the history of your country so you spend the day exploring the art galleries and museums. There are so many different options to choose from! You decide to start with the local art gallery before moving on to see the national history museum.
Activity 1
When you walk into the local gallery, the first piece of artwork that you see is a painting by Wassily Kandinsky called ‘Swinging.’
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While you are looking at it, a staff member at the gallery comes up to you and asks you for your opinion of the painting. What do you think of it?
On your blog please tell us:
  1. What do you think of this painting? Do you like it?
  2. If you could buy it and give it to someone, who would you choose?
If it was me, I would give it to my sister because she really likes bright, bold colours and abstract pictures.
I like this painting because it is very colourful and creative and also I like it because you can look at the painting and you can see different things using the shapes in the picture.

If i could give this painting to someone I would give it to my sister because she likes very creative and colourful paintings.
Activity 2
After exploring the gallery you decide to walk across the street to the national museum. It is an amazing place! There is so much information about the history of the country in this museum. It’s hard to know where to start!
After walking for a little while you come across a display with pictures of children that were taken in 1901 (over 100 years ago)! In this picture, the children are working on a local farm, milking cows. They are not going to school. Back in those days, children usually went to school until they reached the age of 12 or 13. They then left school and went to work. Imagine that you were alive 100 years ago. How would you feel if you had to leave school at the age of 12? Would you be happy or sad? On your blog, tell us how you would feel.
I would feel sad because I wouldn’t have been able to learn more and explore new things and I would have to milk cows all day long.
Bonus Activity
In New Zealand we have many museum and galleries. One of the largest is called the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa or ‘Te Papa’ for short. Inside Te Papa there is a huge exhibition called ‘Gallipoli - The Scale of our War.’ It has information about a special battle, the Battle of Gallipoli, that took place during World War I. Many New Zealanders took part and many lost their lives.
The battle started on 25 April 1915. We commemorate this battle every year by celebrating Anzac Day on 25 April. Visit the Gallipoli website. It will give you lots of information about this famous battle. On your blog, tell us three things that you learned about the battle.
Turkish people were very brave and they were fighting for their country it was there country we tried to take.
School troops was the first stage to have to go to military training. They had to join  when they turned 12 and they did weekly training.
42,000 turkish people attacked and 10,000 turkish people became casualties.

Bonus Blog = 6 points


  1. Hi Katelyn,

    I love to read that you have taken the time to read through the Gallipoli website and to post such important and relevant facts.

    The battle of Gallipoli really was very intense and very costly. So many innocent people lost their lives fighting for the right to have ownership over a narrow piece of land (the Gallipoli peninsula).

    As I'm sure you read, the battle lasted for 8 months and eventually came to an end in January 1916. It must have been very difficult for the men who were fighting this battle as the weather would have been terribly cold and wet. They would have had to sleep in small tents in the middle of large muddy paddocks. Many of the men (and women) in Gallipoli wouldn't have ever been able to change their clothes or to eat a warm meal for the entire battle. They really were very brave and very strong to survive the experience, weren't they?

    Fortunately, World War I and World War II have now come to an end and we live in a beautiful, safe and peaceful country. We also live in a country where we can all go to school right through our childhoods. I agree with you that it would have been very difficult to leave school at the age of 12. I much prefer to go to school, learn and spend time with my friends, than be at home milking cows and tending to the farm work. In fact, I love school so much that I actually went to school until I was in my 30s! Yikes, that might have been a little bit long but I enjoyed every minute of it!

    I hope that you are enjoying your learning and will look forward to going back to school next month. You're doing an awesome job this summer with your reading and writing!

    Keep up the great work - you only have 5 more days and you will have completed the entire Summer Learning Journey. Now, that is amazing!

    Keep up the great work, Katelyn :)


  2. Hi Rachel,

    Thank you for taking your time to read and comment on my blog and they were very strong and brave to survive the experience. I was actually lucky enough to be able to go to the exhibition when me and my mum went down to wellington for the weekend and the exhibition was amazing.

    Katelyn :)