Last week and this week in art class, students experimented with acrylic paint in their process portfolios, completed their final Keith Haring deforestation sketch, and transferred the sketch to larger paper. Some students started painted their final art:
This week we have been applying our understanding of how to raise awareness by making thought provoking artworks. We created 4 draft ideas before receiving feedback and choosing the most thought provoking idea to focus on for our assessment. We have also been developing our writing skills by revising, editing and giving feedback on our narrative about deforestation.
We have been learning how to solve open ended maths challenges and have been focussing on articulating our reasons for using a particular strategy. For example, using manipulatives and drawing out the problem. We have also started exploring the concept of VALUE in maths.
How to help at home:
Look for examples of numbers at home that have value. Parents can guide with questions like: What is the value of the number? What does the value represent? (shoe size, oven, freezer, dashboard, scales)
Ask your child to talk you through the learning process guided by the images below. Ask your child to reflect on their chosen art medium and the process of creating their art piece/performance.
Help extend your child’s inquiry by finding out more about their chosen art form and about other artists.
Athletics Day 10:10 – Thursday the 21st of September
Peace Parade 14:00 – Friday the 22nd of September
This week we are analysing facts, categorizing facts, identifying concepts and finding relationships between concepts to create generalisations or conclusions. The slideshow below shows images of how the children recorded their thinking. We also deepened our understanding of the related concepts value and communication by creating thought provoking freeze frames. In order to provoke thought and raise awareness about deforestation, we are in the process of choosing our art medium for exhibition, writing narratives about deforestation and creating artworks in the style of Keith Haring.
We are continuing to develop our problem solving skills and growth mindset through a range of mathematical challenges.
How to help at home:
- Ask your child to talk you through the learning process guided by the images below.
- Visit the youcubed website and try some of these activities together.
- Below are some suggestions on how to help with reading at home.
UOI- Finding out. This week we focused on the skill of investigating; choosing inquiry topics, developing questions and planning how we’re going to investigate. We further developed our observation skills and practiced interpreting art work both in the classroom and at the Luanda Art Space. We focused on the concept of perspective by looking at various interpretations of different artworks. We are learning how to develop criteria to assess an artwork that provokes thought and raise awareness.
Week of Inspirational Maths. Students in year 5 have been applying their maths skills while problem solving in collaborative group work. These lessons have been created by a team at Stanford University, please click here for more information. Below you will find a handout with ideas of how best to support your child at home.
Language. In language we are writing narratives and have revisited the writing process. We are currently in the drafting stage of the writing process where we are focussing on getting our initial ideas onto paper and following our plan.
How parents can help at home:
- Discuss ideas on how artists use the arts to raise awareness on particular issues. You may read books/articles, watch videos and talk to real artists. A sample video to start discussions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAy1zBtTbw
- Read stories and talk about the issues behind it. Help your child make connections to these issues.
- September 5: Back to School Night
- September 9: Jogathon
This week students have begun inquiring into our first unit How We Express Ourselves. Please click here to see the overview of learning for this unit including related maths and language outcomes.
Students have started Year 5 engaging in a Week of Inspirational Maths. More details to follow on this next week.
See below for some photos of our initial learning engagements.