This term the Middlies have been investigating Antarctica. As you can imagine this topic has vast opportunities for exploration and the children have been completely absorbed since the beginning of the focus. We have learnt alongside each other and it has been wonderful to see that many of the children have taken their interest home and brought in different information to share with us.
The Middlies have learnt that Hobart has important links to Antarctic research and expeditions both historically and in the present day. An early excursion to Mawson's Replica Hut on the waterfront allowed the children to gain insight into the living conditions of early Antarctic explorers. We have been learning about Douglas Mawson and it was excellent to learn more about his expedition and work in Antarctica while inside an exact replica of the first hut that was built in Antarctica during his 1911 expedition. This is a fantastic place and well worth a visit.
We currently have a colony of life sized Emperor Penguins displayed in the Middlies classroom. Please feel free to drop in and have a look at them. Like us, I'm sure you'll be blown away.