Friday, 29 July 2016

Cultural Studies Nepal Term 2

                                                            Term 2 Nepal

Nepal is a beautiful and spiritual country full of colourful traditions and a simple but rich way of life.
These are some of our findings this term about the diversity and cultural traditions within Nepal.

The Nepalese Flag is unique as it is the shape of two triangles placed together.

Within Nepal, there are many smaller regions that are influenced by both India as well as China.

We all loved greeting one another with the traditional greeting "Namaste".

Nepalese Animals: we spent a few interesting lessons discovering the beautiful and unique animals of Nepal and realised that some of the more unique and special animals like the Musk Dear and the Clouded leopard are becoming extinct because of deforestation...and we worked on ways we could help improve the environment.

Nepalese Food: One of our favourite lessons in cultural studies is discovering the amazing food as well as the traditions about eating and preparation that is distinctive towards cultures. Nepal is no different in the diversity of the foods due to its influence from many different countries and religious traditions, below are some of the foods we learnt about and their comparison to the types of foods we eat in Australia.

Folk Tales and Religion within Nepal.

Nepal is rich in Hindu and Buddhist traditions and the opportunity to compare our previous knowledge of what we have learnt about India and Hinduism and China and Buddhism was a greta revision reflection learning experience.
We watched the Hindu folktale-"The honest woodcutter"
The year 1-3 classes drew their favourite part and discussed in groups and pairs, the moral of the story "Honesty is its own reward" and compared it to our own fruits of the holy spirit.
We discussed and reflected on the differences between having many Gods in Hinduism with only one God in Catholicism.
Another interesting point the children brought up was the sublte changes in the physical depiction of the Gods depending on the regions within Nepal and the influences of India and China that border it.

The year 4-6 classes were able to describe the 4 key events in the story and condense their knowledge into 2 descriptive sentences for each event.

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