This Term Ms Sweeney has been teaching our class about Great Sea Journeys.
So far we have looked at two important explorers called Vasco Da Gama and Christopher Columbus.
We began by creating some questions that we wanted to research about these two explorers. Everyone created 7 questions and then half of our class researched Columbus and the other half research Da Gama. We were able to use iPads to help with our research plus some information that Ms Sweeny provided us. This was a great task as we were able to develop our research skills by firstly locating suitable information and then scanning the information to find information that cold answer our questions. We also had to write down a bibliography so we could acknowledge where we gathered the research from.
We discovered that Vasco da Gama was the first person to sail directly from Europe to India. He had 2 voyages and a lot of his crew members died of diseases.
We discovered that Christopher Columbus was born in Italy and he made 4 voyages in total. In his first voyage they went to the Bahamas and he and his crew thought it was India. It was here they found gold.
We also had to compare the two explorers and write down our opinions of each one and how we think they changed the world as we know it today. We thought that explorers had many differences however they both changed the world as the began trading of goods such as gold, tobacco and many different foods.
To finish the learning of these two explorers we were able to make pancakes using cinnamon which was one of the main spices that was traded all these years ago.
Can you think of one fact you learnt about one of these explorers?
How do you think these explorers changed the world?
Was there any negatives to these two explorers trading and travelling around the world?