We Invite You

We Invite You

2KM& 2EK

Dear Parents,

We are just past the half way mark with our swimming sessions for G1,2,3, and 4.

Our intention at this stage is that your child is becoming more aware of their

–       Strengths and weaknesses within the water

–       Progress thus far within the 3 strokes and survival skills

–       Specific areas that they need to improve in within the 3 strokes

We encourage you to have a conversation with them by asking open ended inquiry questions – Some examples of questions to engage in conversation are –

–       What did the coach tell you that you were doing well in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)

–       Which swimming technique/style do you use when swimming under water?

–       What is your favorite stroke in swimming – why?

–       What do the arms do in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)

–       What do the legs do in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)

Don’t forget that next week is our open swim week. We invite all parents to come along and see what we do in swimming. All visitors must remain on the viewing deck and no photos are allowed to be taken.

Regards – Kit and Karen


Surrealist art is wild, weird & fun!

Surrealist art is wild, weird & fun!

Grade 2 artists have drawn without looking lately (automatism) and are using their dreams as inspiration for their artworks in our current art unit of inquiry.

Not looking or thinking about what you are drawing, and drawing/writing dream notes as well as thinking hard about ‘Surrealist opposites’* have been the focus of our art lessons in recent weeks, and our young artists are embracing the challenges. We have looked closely at automatism and the work of Joan Miro, as well as artworks inspired by dreams such as “I and the Village” by Marc Chagall.

The automatism artworks have brightened the art room right up and look fabulous. Each one is so unique. It is hoped that all students who have not yet finished their automatism artwork take a little studio time to complete it so we can hang them all up and enjoy them before sending them home.

Thanks goes to Abby for bringing in the dream journal she started at home. It has inspired one of our Student-Led Conference activities.

Students are now diving into the challenge of creating an artwork that uses watercolour paints, printmaking and markers and is inspired by dreams and Surrealism. We can’t wait to see how the ideas and skills grow over the next few weeks.

*A ‘Surrealist opposite’ is something that you would never expect to see with the object/animal/person/place you are adding it to or swapping it for, but it must have a similar shape so it looks good and almost seems to fit into the artwork. Surrealism is a tricky art movement you see – it is weird, wild and fun!

Art: Bye Unit 2, Hello Unit 3!

Art: Bye Unit 2, Hello Unit 3!

Perfect for Spring, our grade 2 still life artworks are now on display outside BS101! Check them out next time you’re in at school. You may have seen some of these beautiful works come home too. Since we could only fit one artwork from each artist in the display the other masterpieces got to go straight home for your enjoyment.

All students improved their observational and time-management skills, as well as developed their drawing and painting technical skills. These are skills which really grow more when they are practiced regularly so please encourage your young artist to draw the world around them whenever they have the opportunity to. And remember, like Anna Valdez taught us, details like patterns, shadows, accurate shapes really make a fabulous difference.

Most recently we have been having a lot of fun tuning into the variety of tools you can use for the art form known broadly as ‘printmaking’, including real fish! Yes, Gyotaku has been part of our investigation so far, along with bubble wrap, sponges, stamps and many other tools.

Our new unit – How We Express Ourselves – investigates the idea that ‘imagination can take many forms’.

We will be studying Surrealism for this unit and encouraging our students to talk about their dreams (had at night or imagined in day time) and try automatism (drawing without thinking – or looking).

To help with this unit, please take time at home to share your dreams and give your child the chance to doodle.

  • Perhaps keep a notepad and pencil by the bed for drawing or writing down a record of their dreams as soon as your young artist wakes.
  • Keep a notepad and pencil in the living area so that your artist may draw without thinking (doodle) whilst talking with others, watching tv etc.
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