After we had created some designs we tried drawing large versions outside in the playground with chalk. The colours were beautiful and the playground looked really exciting.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
This week we tried making Diwali art. This type of art is called rangoli, in Indian culture these patterns are created on the floor in courtyards or outside houses. They are usually used with coloured rice, sand or flowers. The designs can be symmetrical geometric shapes and this is what we based our designs on.
We started by using a dotted grid to help us make symmetrical geometric patterns. Then we moved onto creating patterns with pastels on paper.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Diwali started today and our Indian students who celebrate Diwali showed us how to dance to Indian music. They explained what Diwali is and what happens. We learnt that it is a festival of lights, goes on for over a month, and the families spend time visiting each other and taking special foods with them.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Erin from Project Energise came to teach us about athletics.
Here is how to start a sprint
1. Put your foot on the line, foot facing forward
2. Put your bottom in the air
3. Hands clenched lightly
4. Look straight ahead
Here we are starting our sprint
Then we moved on to high jump..
First we practiced the scissor jump
Then we tried jumping over the tape. We had to make sure we lifted the leg closest to the tape first. This was fine when we were jumping with one side (our dominant side). It was harder when we were trying to jump with our non dominant side.
Thanks for coming Erin!
Friday, November 6, 2015
We found the beans so fascinating that we sketched them, we also made a Google doc table to monitor the growth and see which bean is growing the fastest.
We checked whether the beans that had grown the fastest had anything in common. No! They were from both sides of the classroom, some had cotton wool, some had tissue paper. We have not worked out why some grew better than others, we may have to do some research to try and answer this question!
We had a look at our beans this week. Most of them have sprouted and some of them have really started to grow interesting looking roots.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
After a few days of practicing and creating props we were ready to perform our plays to the rest of the class.
We really enjoyed this groups interpretation of their play. It was about some children who had little brothers and sisters who wanted to play. The actors who played the brothers and sisters were very funny!
This group had made some great props. Their play was about some people who were trying to get to an airport but kept forgetting things and having to go home in the taxi. They missed their plane in the end!
Monday, November 2, 2015
As part of our literacy programme we have been reading and interpreting plays in our reading groups. We read the plays and discussed what it was about. We decided who should be which character and how to manage th eplay if we had more or fewer people than characters.