On Monday we flew to Japan. We landed in the capital city of Tokyo. We learnt about the Japanese flag. The flag is offically called Nisshoki which means sun-mark flag, in Japanese but it is more commonly known as Hinomaru which means "sun disc".
During the week we have been learning about the Children's Day Festival. It happens every year on the 5th day of the 5th Month. So the 5th of May. During the festival families fly carp kites out the front of their homes. The Carp Kites represent the sons in the family. During the festival they have special food, like apples, kiwi-fruit, strawberries sprinkled with cinnamon. They also have sweet treats including lollies and rice cakes. They put up special decorations. During the special time of Children's Day the children wear kimonos. During the festival the mothers are honoured.
In literacy rotations this week made kimonos, origami carp kites and we did some reading and comprehension about Japan.
On Thursday we made Carp Kites. During the festival today we got to fly them. Have a look at the photos and videos of us flying them on the oval. We are going to fly them out the front of our classroom so that the rest of the school can also learn about the Children's Day Festival. We used white garbage bags and a wire ring to make the kite. We decorated the kites with coloured paper circles.
Next week we are off to South Africa! We will update you from there.