During September and October, Grade 6 Individuals and Societies students embark on a digital documentary as part of their first unit; "My History". The Statement of Inquiry for this unit is "The time, place and space of my ancestors influence my cultural and personal identity". Each student produces a two to four-minute movie that explains how times, places and spaces have influenced their lives. This task involves collecting photos, interviewing, script-writing, and synthesising information into a digital documentary.
Students learn valuable skills, such as researching through conducting interviews, and organizing and communicating information via digital media platforms to create their documentary. However, students' most important takeaway from this unit is learning about their own historical roots and how their unique identities have been formed. As Paulo Freire, a Brazilian educator and philosopher notes, “Looking at the past must only be a means of [students] understanding more clearly what and who they are so that they can more wisely build the future.” By learning about their unique heritage and culture, our Grade 6 students gain empathy and intercultural competence from each other.