Beauty

In connection with our current unit of inquiry, How we express ourselves, we have welcomed a wide range of teachers and administrators from both Primary and Secondary school give short presentations on their perceptions of beauty: what they find beautiful and why. Some of the contributions from our guests have included:

* Mathematics: Pascal’s Triangle, beautiful equations, wonder, mystery

* Culture/Identity: hair, strong women, gender

* Sports: teamwork, skills, creativity, strategy

* Nature: simplicity, ocean, sunsets, trees

* Art: abstract art, reflections, photography

*Music: harmony

We have also been collaborating with both the Year 11 and Year 12 Visual Arts classes. Year 6 students listened to short presentations and viewed art created by these classes with a focus on process.

We have used the ideas and perspectives presented by guest speakers, including Year 11 and Year 12 classes to extend our understanding of the central idea. Strong connections have also been made to the lines of inquiry, key concepts (form, connection, perspective) and related concepts (process, perception).

After collating the ideas of others as above, plus looking further into what they personally find to be beautiful and why, our learners have identified and categories patterns within reasons to discover what makes something beautiful.

Mathematics

In connection to the How we express ourselves unit, our focus for mathematics will be on ‘Shape & Space’. Our learning outcomes (see below) will tie quite nicely with the unit as concepts and understandings around shape and space can easily be connected to notions of beauty and the elements and principles of art & design.

As preparation for this we have been reviewing what we have learned about perimeter and area of 2D shapes. This week we have also started investigating volume of 3D shapes. In addition to consolidating the learning outcomes for measurement which started in our How the world works unit, we will be focussing on the following learning outcomes for shape & space:

Phase 3: Applying with understanding

  • Analyse and describe 2D and 3D shapes, including regular and irregular polygons, using geometric vocabulary
  • Identify, describe and model congruency and similarity in 2D shapes

Phase 4: Constructing meaning

  • Understand the common language to describe shapes
  • Understand the properties of circles
  • Understand the properties of regular and irregular polyhedra

Phase 4: Transferring meaning into symbols

  • Create and model how a 2D net converts to a 3D shape and vice versa
  • Analyse , describe, classify and visualize 2D and 3D shapes using geometric vocabulary

For a recap (cheat sheet) on vocabulary, definition and formulas regarding some of the mathematics learning that has been occurring in Year 6 please click here.

 

Collaborative planning meeting

As part of our belief in the importance of promoting student voice and ownership over their learning, we – the Year 6 teachers – invited representatives from each Year 6 section to participate in a collaborative meeting regarding our current unit of inquiry: How the World Works. Representatives interviewed their peers in respective classes and collected ideas and suggestions about the types of learning engagements they would like to be involved in to develop their understanding of the central idea. Some of their suggestions included guest speakers, fishbowl debates, and new opportunities for personal inquiries. We will be using these suggestions to guide and build learning tasks over the course of this unit. As the year progresses, we will continue to look for opportunities to encourage student independence and ownership.

FOLSCO Fundraiser

Dear Parents,

 While we are fortunate enough to end the year with our loved ones, indulging in nice food, and exchanging gifts, there are children who never get a chance to experience any of this. Children who are parentless, homeless, and vulnerable living on the streets of Luanda.

 FOLSCO- Friends of Luanda’s Street Children, is a charity community with the aim to help vulnerable homeless children and orphans in Luanda. Their mission is to raise awareness about street children, connect shelters to companies for funds and financially support the existing shelters through collection of donations and fundraising events. If you would like to find more information about FOLSCO here is the website, http://folsco.org/ .

 Last year, LIS students from Yr1 and Yr2 helped FOLSCO to prepare 200 parcels to give out to the homeless street children during their End of the Year Party. We would like to repeat this charitable event this year but expand the fundraiser to include year 3-6 as well. Hopefully we will be able to reach out further and include Shelters and Orphanages who have opened their doors to these children.

 We are kindly asking parents and families to donate toothpastes, toothbrushes, soap bars, crayons (pack of 10), and drawing pads and bring them to school from Nov 27- Dec 8. If you are able to also bring plastic or paper ‘gift bags’ that would be very appreciated. Your child’s homeroom teacher will collect the items in the classroom.

 The students will be helping to make parcels with the above donated items during the week Dec 11-15. They will use their own initiatives to decorate the parcels and perhaps make cards as well.

 We appreciate your contributions and so will these well deserving children.

 Kind Regards,

 Primary Team

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Caros Pais,

 Enquanto muitos têm a sorte de passar o fim do ano com aqueles de quem mais gostam, desfrutando de boa comida e trocando presentes, há crianças que nem sequer sabem o que isso significa. Crianças que crescem sem pais, sem casa, e vivem vulneráveis pelas ruas de Luanda.

 A comunidade FOLSCO (Amigos das Crianças de Rua de Luanda) tem como missão ajudar as crianças e órfãos que vivem desamparados nas ruas de Luanda. O objectivo da FOLSCO é sensibilizar o público para as condições destas crianças, colocar os abrigos e lares em contacto com empresas que possam contribuir e apoiar com fundos as instituições que já proporcionam alguma ajuda, promovendo recolhas de donativos e eventos de angariação de fundos. Para saber mais acerca da missão e objectivos da FOLSCO, por favor visite o site http://folsco.org/.

 O ano passado, os alunos da LIS dos Anos 1 e 2 ajudaram a FOLSCO a preparar 200 embrulhos para distribuir às crianças de rua durante a Festa de Fim de Ano. Este ano, gostaríamos de repetir esta iniciativa solidária, e ir ainda mais longe, incluindo também os alunos dos Anos 3 a 6. Esperamos assim conseguir chegar a mais Abrigos e Orfanatos que dependem da nossa ajuda para acolher estas crianças que tanto precisam.

 Por isso estamos a pedir aos pais e às famílias para fazer um donativo de escovas e pastas de dentes, sabonetes, lápis de cor (caixas de 10) e cadernos de desenho, e entregar estes artigos na escola a partir do dia 27 de Novembro até 8 de Dezembro. Se puderem também incluir um saco de papel ou plástico que sirva de embrulho, ficamos muito agradecidos. Os professores de homeroom ficarão encarregues de recolher todos os artigos doados nas suas respectivas salas.

 Durante a semana de 11 a 15 de Dezembro, os alunos da Primária terão oportunidade de ajudar a fazer os embrulhos com os artigos angariados, decorar os sacos como melhor entenderem e talvez incluir também um cartão com uma mensagem.

 Agradecemos desde já a vossa colaboração e apoio, e sabemos que as crianças também ficarão gratas.

 Com os melhores cumprimentos,

A Equipa da Primária