We are now at the end of our second art unit of inquiry and it’s wonderful to see the original toy designs coming to life.
All students are nearly finished with glazing, plus many clay pieces have emerged from the kiln for the last time and that means they are then able to be put together by each artist using materials they have carefully chosen like wire, string, feathers, cardboard etc.
Each artist has attempted to make a toy that features clay, but moves too. This is when our young artists come to realise if their design and plan works well or not. If not, they are able to make changes to be successful. Thinking of and noting down a plan, but being open-minded enough to change it when necessary is a wonderful life skill we are developing in this unit.
As the toys are finished, they will go straight out on display in the Art Foyer. Please take time to visit them with your young artist and practice great audience behaviour such as  do not touch the artwork,  read the artist’s statement that is with each toy, and  discuss which you like, and which you think took the most time and effort to make.
Research shows that people benefit greatly from reflecting on the process as well as the product they made, so please take time to talk with your young artist about their plans for their toy, how they executed those plans and the final toy artwork that you see on display. Is it their best work? What would they change if they could try this unit again?
As we finish up this unit, I am extremely proud all the work you have done! Your collaboration skills, communication skills and self-managmenet skills have been outstanding. You worked so hard in creating your cities, preparing the assembly and presenting all you have learned. Your problem solving kills were exceptional when technology didn’t work during assembly, but nevertheless you did awesome. Great work 3MB!
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Don’t forget to also bring in material for your city.
Next week, we will begin building our cities. Please bring in any cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, or any thing that could be used to build your city!
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
This Friday, March 8, our class will have our assembly. It will be at the SSIS theatre at 1:35. Hope you can join us!
This week has seen us continue with our battery of fitness tests.
We have also introduced the movement and vault assignment for the next 6 weeks – Please see the documents attached.
As we move closer to sports day (March 29th) all students will be looking at Run/Jump/Throw activities also. So please talk to your students about their vault and movement assignments and keep March 29th free!
Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng
In Art we are trying to make moving toys. We can use lots of different materials but we have to use clay. That is the hard part. We talked about 3 artists that make toys. Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev make porcelain clay toys with lots of texture and detail. Mister Finch makes fabric and wire toys. This is a hard challenge for us. We had to design our toy in our books and now we are waiting for the clay to dry and go through the kiln for the first time.
Our Grade 3 Art blog post this week is by Eva (3LR)
Great summary, thanks Eva!
Have a great break and Happy Lunar New Year everyone!
See you in two weeks 3MB artists.
~ Ms Kendal