Last term Class 3 were asked to ‘dwell’ upon their main lesson called – Home and Hearth. 

We commenced with pondering on the words, house and home, and how would we put into words our feelings about these two words?

The class came up with many ideas and feelings, as you can well imagine, in fact it filled one side of our blackboard. Here are just a few of their idea’s:


Home –    Our Mother’s body, the earth, heaven, in the stars, feeling like self, belonging, safe, music, laughing, quiet, being outdoors, kindness and comfort.

House – Materials, walls, floor, bricks, building, glass, door, shelter, yard.


This conversation kindled the classes first foray into poetry writing and a sense for being at home in the world.

Main Lesson Books

The main lesson carried us along into our human need for shelter, warmth and a place to rest. It took us to Ancient times, from Indigenous and Nomadic people, to the early settlers. We journeyed from the desert, to the tropics .

As we moved further into the main lesson, we were fortunate enough to have a guest sculpture – art teacher Lesley Cotter who came in for the morning, to guide us in our building of an igloo out of clay.

It was messy and a great challenge, the class once again demonstrated how capable, enthusiastic and engaged they are in their school life.