Bucalevu Primary School
For our first week of teaching, we took class 3 at Bucalevu Primary School. After observing their first few lessons we became familiar with the structure of their day and the kids abilities and started to plan for the upcoming week.
We started on Tuesday with maths and eased the class in with a few games, including number bingo! Their topic of the week was ‘Money’ and we began by identifying different coins and notes of Fijian currency. We used fake money to do simple addition, subtraction and multiplication which all worked towards Thursday’s lesson where we played shops.
We asked the class to bring in a variety of foods and objects that they would like to see at the shop and we set the scene. With Olivia as the shopkeeper, we gave each child $15 and they worked out how much money they’d need to buy the different items for sale, as well as the change that they’d receive.
At the start of the week the class struggled with the concept of money but they progressed quickly and were always enthusiastic to learn something new. We had an amazing week and were lucky to teach such an incredible class!
By Olivia & Emma
Bureivanua Primary School
My first week at Bureivanua School in class 1 and 2 was action packed to say the least. By the end of day 1 we were truly immersed in the culture and structure of school life in Fiji.
Lessons included teaching basic Fijian phonics to small groups as well as helping the slower learners with English phonics on a 1 to 1 basis. It was rewarding to see the children slowly progress over the course of the week. However the language barrier also proved difficult at times. Yet despite this, it was easy to see the enthusiasm and curiosity of the class when Charlie and I played games, sang songs and carried out a lesson on England with them.
We were thrown into Bucalevu school life with the noisiest bunch of them all – kindergarten! Shy at first, the group began to break out of their shells and soon we were known around the school and greeted by smiling faces!
Topic of the week was “transport” and the three of us were let loose. The teacher acted as a medium through the language barriers, but despite this they were able to use and understand key transport modes taught through a variety of mediums – games, songs and lots of glitter!!!
A creative mode of learning was sustained through the week, from making their own paper planes to setting sail their decorated origami boats in the vast expanse of the children’s hand-washing basins!
Songs became a key method of focus and communication, using their exuberant Fijian voices to raise the roof of kindi. They loved the hokie-cokey and wheels on the bus, becoming a key part of circle time each morning.
We ended the week with a morning of games in the sun. Teaching them new games was a challenge but we introduced a series of simple races and catching exercises which kept them focused.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week in kindi and love seeing our new tiny friends around school!
By Sonia, Gabby, Laura