2.2 Learning Engagements

We have been exploring Art in various forms and looking at how people express themselves in different ways to communicate and engage an audience.

When we write we have been communicating our ideas from our own personal experiences and learning to express our ideas and feelings in a poem.

Poetry Café

We prepared poems and learnt how to present these to an audience of Year 5s/6s and parents during a recent Assembly.

Lines, music, feelings…

Ms. Lisa played different music and we drew lines to represent the way we were feeling as we listened.  Later on we chose a colour that best fit the feeling we had during each piece of music and published our Poetry Café poems, placing this in the area that also described the feeling within the poem.

Expressing ourselves by moving to the music…

We enjoyed moving to music and exploring our movements.

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Looking at Patterns in Shapes, Symbols and Number

We are making connections by describing what patterns are expressed by shapes, symbols and numbers.

An audience for Ms. Hannah

Ms. Hannah, who teachers visual arts in Years 3-6, shared her Digital Art ideas with us.

We enjoyed our time with our 6.3 Buddies who came to show us how they use ‘Thinking Circles’ in their classroom.  Ms. Lisa shared the book Duck, Rabbit! which shows how you can have a different perspective on what you see in pictures.  Is it a duck or a rabbit??

Reminder…

Please don’t forget to add to our ‘donation’ box for the Orphanage for Christmas.

Happy holidays and let’s continue being ‘active’ on SeeSaw.

How We Express Ourselves

What a great opportunity on Angolan Independence day to see so many different ways of expressing ourselves.

We are exploring different styles of poems and creating our own poems using each style.  So far we have looked at Acrostic and shape poems.

What is Art?

We used a ‘lay it on the line’ tool to decide whether we ‘agree’, ‘strongly agree’, ‘disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’ on whether the performers we saw during the Angolan Independence day was a form of art.  The majority of 2.2 agreed that art comes in many different ways – singers, dancers, actors, musicians, poets and authors.

Sculptor

Mr Enderson organised a visit from an Angolan Sculptor, Germano da Silva who brought two of his sculptures to share with us.  He shared with us why he expresses himself in this way and what inspires him.  We asked questions in Portugese and translated in English. Germano enjoyed his visit and left us with his sculptures he brought to share.

Week 4 of Term 2

Seesaw

It is great to see so many visitors to our new class Seesaw portfolio.  The children have learnt how to upload their own work each week.  We hope you will take the time to make comments about your child’s work when you can.

Angolan Independence Day – A celebration…

Last Friday we enjoyed the performances from different Angolan groups – dancers, singers and musicians.

We were able to meet an Angolan author, Kizola Nzambi who came to talk to us about her book.  Ms. Josefina read us the book before she came.  She read it in ‘umbundo’ language first and many students found this challenging to understand – we learnt to read Ms Josefina’s non-verbal communication as she read the story.  Ms. Josefina then read the book in Portugese and a lot of children were able to understand the content of the book even more.  She finished rereading the story in English, so that all children and their teacher could understand the story.

We prepared questions to ask Kizola when she visited the classroom.

 We were also lucky enough to have Toty Sa’med, an Angolan singer, sing to us and we were able to sing to him too.

Challenging ourselves with new Literacy Games

We learnt to create a ‘tic-tac toe’ board and choose 9 sight words.  The caller will say a sight word and if we have it on our board we cover it with a counter.  When you get 3 in a row you are the winner.

Making connections with shapes…

We are exploring 2-D and 3-D shapes and looking at the different forms and making connections between them.

Using Book Creator app to communicate…

Lueji and Alicia shared their book they have made using this app on the iPad.  They chose to express the way they were feeling in their story.