Last term we were lucky enough to learn about Chembakolli in our Geography lessons. We found out about the tribe the people belong to, the forest they live in and their houses, tasted their tea and compared the school the children attend with our own.
We thoroughly enjoyed writing a blog about our school. We were very excited this term to receive a large package of artefacts that had come from Chembakolli. The girls began by looking at the toys and had great fun playing with them. They drew them and wrote about them for a display in our classroom.
When we got some artefacts and opened it up we started to explore the objects. Then we had to guess what game it was. Alia and I then had a quick guess at it again. I played it again. Alia and I liked the second game for it was more challenging. In the next lesson Mrs Clayden then told Alia and me the real way. We played it twice. Then we played with the water squirter. After that we got ready to go home.
Kallutum (5 stone game)
We had opened the package and there were bindies, cards, information, a wooden toy, a timetable of Vidyodya school, some words in Tamil and some games. Krystyna and I chose the Kallutum game. We made a game where you placed a stone and with your two stones you had to try and knock it off the cardboard. It is a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 player game. The way that you play it in Chembakolli is that you flip a stone and then you catch it at the back of your hand.
In the car I was telling my mum about school and I was telling my mum about the 5 stone game. She told me when she was little she used to play this game.
I think the piston is a masher, sword, something so the teacher can point to the work, to scrub, cook, drumming stick, aeroplane, to make a hole with, whistle or flute. It is very interesting and strange.
When we got the rolled up sheet, we didn’t know what it was. We took the rubber band off. There were also a lot of brown circles and writing that said Vallattam and also in Tamil. There was also a packet of seeds. We got a few out and we tried to make up a game and this is what we came up with.
There were 14 circles, so we got out 14 seeds and two more for us each to use. We put one seed on each circle. Then Imaan and I got our seed and tried to flick one off the first row of circles next to the ones on the second line and that was the game we came up with.
In the next lesson our teacher gave us the real instructions on the real way to play. We put 5 seeds on the holes each. The first person picks up one of the piles and drops one seed onto each circle. You stop when you come to an empty one and pick up the pile after that. Then it is the other person’s turn and you carry on until you have one pile left. Whoever played their turn last, they pick up the last pile. That is the real way to play Vallatam.
There was a pack with artefacts in. Then Mrs Clayden opened the package. Then everyone chose something. I chose a piston. But then I found a piece of paper with Chembakolli written on, and it came with some wooden letters and the letters were on the piece of paper, so I put them in the same order and it was very hard because they look peculiar.
The Five Stone Game
We opened the package and there were five stones in a plastic bag, there was a toy and some cards. Maryam and I tried to figure out how to play the five stone game. We thought you had to knock down the other rocks.
Our teacher gave us the instruction sheet so we knew how to play the game. We tried to do it and we could. To play the game you had to:
o Place five stone on the ground.
o Take one stone and throw it up, then quickly pick up ONE stone from the ground without touching the other stones AND catch the thrown stone to the ground before it falls.
o Pick up three remaining stone, one-by-one in the same way.
I think the stick is a torch because it has a cloth over the top and it is wooden. I think this is a sword because it is a long tube shape. I think it is a drum stick because it is a long wooden stick with a different tip.
I found out that it is a water pistol. You pour water through the tube then put the stick into tube then it comes out the other side of the tube.
We really enjoyed trying all these games and in our next blog we would like to tell you about some of our favourite games.
Unaysa, Imaan, Donika, Joanna, Maryam, Krystyna and Alia.