The end is near for our cultural clay artworks

The end is near for our cultural clay artworks

Students have done wonderful designs in their art books for their three pieces, carefully written down the ceramic glaze codes they are using to finish their cultural clay artworks and are now in the very last stages of this unit.

After making a Mexican/Oaxacan-inspired pinch pot turtle, a Chinese porcelain-inspired coil vase and an African-inspired slab mask all that remains is to reflect on what we have learned in this unit, take photographs of the beautiful artworks when they come out of the kiln and display the artworks for all to enjoy.

Keep an eye out for the next Art post letting you know where these creations are being exhibited. In the meantime, please ask your young artist some questions about the unit, like…

  • Which of the cultural clay pieces is their favourite? And why?
  • What would they change if they could go back in time and change any work from this unit?
  • How did they like working with clay and glaze?
  • Which culture did they enjoy learning about the most? And why?
sharing the planet

sharing the planet

Grade 1 students tuned into our Sharing The Planet unit by identifying Living and Non living things. We looked at what does Environment mean and what is in the environment surrounding us.

Later we looked at different animals in the world and how they are classified into different groups. They are Amphibians, Arachnids, Birds, Crustaceans, Fish, Insects, Mammals, Mollusks and Reptiles.

1KS student paired up to inquire into a a specific group of animals. They became experts by sharing their knowledge with their classmates. Have a look at the posters that 1KS students made after learning from their classmates.

 

Sports Day is coming soon!!!!

Sports Day is coming soon!!!!

March 29th is the Grade 1 to 5 sports day, we will begin preparing students for this during PE class over the next 3 weeks – some classes have already started.

The focus of this day is Healthy Competition.

Using the PSPE framework of Identity, Active Living, and Interactions we can explain the day like this –

§  Students will identify within their house group whilst competing in Active athletic events of entailing Running, jumping, and throwing, all the while Interacting and participating within the whole sports day.

One thing we would like to establish with all students is that whilst we can’t all be Usain Bolt we can all improve our speed by focusing on our technique. Attached to this blog post are some very broad tips for running faster – we will be exploring these more in class during the next few weeks.

Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

Learning is Playing, Playing is Learning

Learning is Playing, Playing is Learning

We played many board games that helped us develop our skills in counting numbers, addition, subtraction, shapes, sorting and matching, logic and reasoning. A great afternoon where the kids were super engaged and worked cooperatively with one another taking turns, helping each other and building on other’s ideas. a perfect way to integrate social skills with Math 🙂

Art – Unit 2: Clay progress

Art – Unit 2: Clay progress

Grade 1 artists have had an exciting end to the Year of the Dog – they’ve been studying cultures and connecting them to the clay techniques they’ve been learning in our second art unit, ‘How The World Works’.
Students have created pinch pot turtles they were inspired by Mexican Oaxacan animal art, coil vases inspired by Chinese porcelain and slab masks inspired by African tribal art.
Our young artists have planned some beautiful glaze designs in their books and can’t wait to paint their clay pieces when they come back from the Chinese New Year break.
Plus, as always, I encourage the family to take time to ask your young artist what they’re doing in Art class and how they feel about it. Reflection through discussion is a great opportunity to recall, revise and be thankful for our progress.
May you all have a wonderful break! And do let me know if you get the chance to see or make any clay or ceramic art over the holidays. Our Art action wall would love some new additions.
Xin nian kuai le!
🙂 Ms Kendal
Using Our Imagination

Using Our Imagination

For our unit on materials we used objects that were made with different materials like plastic, cardboard, metal, paper to create building structures around the world. To make our sculptures, we first designed our ideas on paper of what the buildings would look like. We worked together with a buddy.

Take a look at our wonderful creations!! 🙂

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