Exploring life and flavours in Indonesian

Years 3 and 4

This term, Years 3 and 4 enjoyed learning about different types of fruit found in Indonesia, including the ‘king of fruit', the spiky durian! Durian is known for its distinctive shape and rich flavour, and is used in recipes to make ice cream and cakes. As part of this topic, students investigated the farm-to-table process of durian fruit, the cultural significance of durian festivals in Southeast Asia, and how to bargain in an Indonesian market. These activities gave students the opportunity to improve their speaking and writing skills and develop their intercultural understanding. Students are looking forward to tasting durian and rambutan next term.

Years 5 and 6

This term, students have been exploring life in remote Indonesia. We have taken a journey from the Mentawai Islands to Nusa Tenggara, investigating the cultural differences and similarities that shape communities. As part of this topic, students learned about NGOs such as Surf Aid and Waves for Water and how they have improved healthcare and the well-being of residents in this region. We have also learned how tourism has changed these communities over time.

As part of this topic, students have developed their language skills by writing letters to students on Rote Island. My friend from Spain owns an eco-resort on Rote Island and runs an English program at the local school. Over the past few years, we have worked together to organise a letter-writing program between the students at both schools. They enjoyed this activity and put a lot of time and effort into decorating their letters.

Indonesian Teacher