Global School Play Day-Wednesday February 7th

The Global Day of Play (GDoP)  will be celebrated in the LIS Primary Section on Wednesday, February 7.  The purpose of this day is to promote play as an important way we as humans, all learn through play, particularly in the areas of well-being and social development.

At LIS we highly value the development of both academic and social skills, along with a range of other competencies that prepare students for success in adulthood. Research is indicating that children have increasingly less opportunities for self-regulated play. On the GDoP, we hope to promote play and provide and an opportunity for students to further develop self regulation, an understanding of boundaries, opportunities for safe risk taking, collaboration and creativity; as well as exploring new ways  to interact with others in a playful setting.

The large proportion of time, many children now spend in front of screens, and the lack of physical activity and self- initiated play, is increasingly becoming a highlighted area of concern. As mentioned in our email, through GDoP, we are promoting physical play, that does not use screens, as we want to encourage more active opportunities for play between children with the hope that this to become a part of every child’s daily life.

There is now growing research that indicates the significance and importance of enabling childrens’ play opportunities which helps them become balanced and successful adults.  We encourage you to watch the following TEDex and TED talks which share some insightful information about the importance of play, and the ongoing and essential benefits it provides for both adults and children.

 The decline of play – Peter Gray

A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond – Steve Keil

 Play is more than fun – Stuart Brown

You can learn more about the benefits play by visiting the official GSPD website: www.globalschoolplayday.com.

Visual Arts: Stand Alone Patterns

For this unit in visual arts, year 4 students are inquiring into patterns. Their central idea is: noticing patterns helps us interpret, explain, and respond to our environment. Their key concepts are connection and form and their related concepts are liquid watercolors and pattern.

Students began by identifying and analyzing patterns around school. They walked around campus and sketched the patterns they saw.

Students modified and added to these patterns. After getting peer feedback, students chose their most intricate two patterns and these patterns were added to a sheet that included all patterns from 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3.

Students used their pattern resource sheet as a tool to create a zentangle/zendoodle drawing.

Students are inquiring into liquid watercolor and sculpture. They are currently learning and using various liquid watercolor techniques including the wet on dry technique, wet on wet technique, and adding rubbing alcohol to the paint.

Students are now adding patterns on top of their liquid watercolor backgrounds.

Next week, students will conclude this unit by creating zentangle sculptures.

Place Value

In Math, Year 4  have started a unit on place value.

An understanding of place value helps develop good number sense.

We are exploring this through:
• Modelling numbers using the base 10 value system (Key concept – form)

• Reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers (Key concept – function and connection)

• The use of place value in everyday life (Key concept – connection)