Leaving A Legacy
May 26, 2020 at 11:25 AM
During Term 1, the Girls’ School Year 6 cohort was introduced to the idea of creating a legacy and what a ‘legacy-driven mindset’ may look like. They took part in an inquiry that looked at the qualities of a person who has left a legacy, and considered how they could leave their mark on the world and create positive change.
To begin with, the girls looked at the life of our patron saint, St Kentigern and the legacy that he left. From their historical research, they learned the concept of how to create timelines, preparing them for their next tasks.
During Lockdown, the girls were required to choose a famous woman, who has left a legacy, to study. After researching their chosen subject, they were required to not only timeline her journey, but also create a diorama (museum exhibit) and a multimedia PowerPoint that told the story.
From the likes of writers such as J. K. Rowling, to astronauts like Valentina Tereshkova, the girls put together some detailed dioramas, with interesting, narrated videos to go alongside them. Integrating Social Science, Design Technology and English subjects together, the girls were able to test their research and creativity skills extensively.
Once completed, the girls shared their work with their peers to gain feedback before presenting their work to the Year 5 students and their teachers. The teachers assessed the girls on how well they used primary (if available) and secondary sources of information, and how well they investigated their chosen person and their historical event. They also assessed the girls on how well they understood the era in which their person lived in and how it would have affected their journey and the struggles they would have faced.
Student, Brooke Rowntree said making the diorama helped her to retain more information about the American aviation pioneer and author, Amelia Earhart. She said Amelia was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.
‘I found that Amelia was a very independent woman with a lot of courage. She had all the qualities that I hope to have.’
This exercise was a fantastic way for the girls to keep busy during the Lockdown and to not only develop their research skills but also their creative skills. The work produced was outstanding! Well done girls.
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