Visual Arts and Music: Masks

As a collaboration in music and visual arts class, year 6 students are inquiring into mask making and using masks in performing arts.

Two weeks ago, students visited Mr. James, our secondary drama teacher, to learn about using masks in drama.

During music group singing, students are currently planning a short 3-5 minute performing arts presentation using drama, dance, and music while wearing their masks.

During visual arts class, students investigated masks using books and the internet, planned their masks by drawing labelled sketches, and are now creating masks using plaster. Next week, students will paint their masks and add other art materials of their choice.

Please see the photos below to see mask planning and creating in visual art class:

FOLSCO Fundraising

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

Visual Arts Stand Alone | Mandalas | Visual Arts Learning Outcomes

In visual arts class this unit, students are creating mandalas and inquiring into the central idea: beliefs, values, and ideas are represented and communicated through symbols.

This week in art class, students have been focusing on the visual arts learning outcome: creating (phase 4) adjust and refine your creative process in response to constructive criticism as part of the PYP visual arts scopes and sequence.

After developing a purpose for their mandala based on a belief, value, and/or idea, students creating several sketches. They have presented their mandalas to each other in small groups, in pairs, in large groups, and some students have presented to other classes. They have received peer feedback and constructive criticism to improve their sketches and to get new ideas. Take a look at some pictures below of students giving and receiving constructive criticism:

Students are completing their final sketches and will begin creating their mandalas soon. For this unit, students experimented using oil pastel and will use oil pastels as the background of their mandala, unless a different art material suits the purpose of their mandala better. Eventually, they will add their choice of materials to the top of their mandalas.

Back to School Night – thank you!

A big thank you for attending our Back to School night on Tuesday (5th September). It was great to have our Year 6 learners attend the evening for the first time, really demonstrating they have a key role to play in taking responsibility for their learning and factors that contribute to their learning. After the presentation in the theatre, it was exciting to see students enthusiastically share their learning back in the classrooms, with the evening turning into an impromptu Student Led Conference!

 

 

Visual Arts Stand Alone: Mandalas

In visual arts class this unit, students are creating mandalas and inquiring into the central idea: beliefs, values, and ideas are represented and communicated through symbols. Students will be assessed on the visual arts learning outcomes: responding (Phase 3) compare, contrast, and categorize artworks from a range of cultures, places, and times and creating (Phase 4) adjust and refine your creative process in response to constructive criticism.

Students began by learning about mandalas from around the world. They compared, contrasted, and categorized various mandalas by shape, size, purpose, material, and color.

Students created their own mandalas (each with a purpose) outside using natural materials.

This week, students completed an oil pastel study, which is one of the materials they will use for their final mandalas. Students also used two websites to create digital mandalas.

Next week, students will create a purpose for their mandalas. They will complete several pencil and color sketches and begin their final mandala.

Important Information- back to school night

Dear parents,

We are experiencing difficulties with our email system at the moment so please read below for important information that was supposed to be shared today by email:

As you are aware, on TuesdaySeptember 5, we will be holding “Back to School” night for years 4-6. Our team believes strongly in empowering Year 6 students to take an active role in their learning. As such we would also like to invite your child to “Back to School” night in order to be a part of the conversation, with you, about what Year 6 looks like. 

Recap:

Who: Year 6 Parents and Year 6 students (Unfortunately we cannot accommodate siblings from other grade levels)

When: Tuesday, September 5, 6:30- 7:30pm.

Where: School theatre

We look forward to seeing you then. 

Kind regards, 

Year 6 team

Community of Learners

Year 6 began the first couple of days of the 2017 – 2018 academic year by beginning to build a positive and supportive community of learners. While many students know each other very well from previous years at Luanda International School, we are lucky to have some new learners to the school. It remains important to develop relationships in our community to ensure we all feel connected and a part of our dynamic learning culture.

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<strong>Developing our Essential Agreements</strong>

This week we have spent some time thinking and talking about how we want our class ‘to be’ to ensure we have fun, feel safe in our environment, and enjoy our learning. Creating a class agreement, or Essential Agreement, is not about making a list of rules to ensure compliance, but rather, it is about developing a series of statements that support learning. One of the most important aspects of an Essential Agreement is that students feel a strong sense of ownership towards it.

We completed a series of learning engagements, including thinking about what a learner “looks like”, “feels like” and “sound like”; watched a couple of inspirational video clips (which you can view <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU4oA3kkAWU”>here</a> , <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw”>here</a> and <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFg21x2sj-M”>here</a>) and identified key ideas and messages from these; and thought about what helps our learning versus what hinders our learning. Next week we will be connecting all these ideas to develop our class Essential Agreements.

<em>Please ask your child about the purpose of an Essential Agreement and why they are so important.</em>

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<strong>Unit of Inquiry</strong>

We have commenced our first unit of inquiry for the 2017- 2018 academic year. We are inquiring under the Transdisciplinary Theme of Sharing the Planet. The unit framework details and overview can be found <a href=”https://drive.google.com/a/lisluanda.com/file/d/0B5_VV2uZi6aWTW5IVm5mckNKTXc/view?usp=sharing”>here</a>.

As our initial provocation, designed to prompt thinking, emotions and wondering, the Year 6 classes combined to play ‘a game’ on the field… with no direction, expectations or rules.

Following the game we invested some time to reflecting on actions, reactions, responses, and emotions. After much thought and discussion, we identified a series of concepts and key words that could be used to describe the conditions associated with the game. We will be using these student generated concepts and key words to frame future learning engagements as we tune-in to the unit over the coming week.

<em>Please ask your child about their role during the game on the field, how they felt and why. </em>