In Math we have been inquiring into geometric shapes in everyday objects. We watched a slide show about bridges around the world and were able to identify many triangles, squares, rectangles, trapezoids, semi circles and even a few hexagons in their designs.
We also watched a short video about different kinds of bridges. We learned about beam bridges, truss bridges, arch bridges and suspension bridges.
Based on what we learned, we designed our own bridges.
Today we went down to the design center to create our bridges out of some specified materials.
We are looking for ways we can strengthen our school community by beautifying it using art. We decided to interview some staff at school to see if they have any needs in their areas of responsibility.
We interviewed: Mr Taylor, MS principal, Ms Skrytic, ES principal, Ms Marnie, Music teacher, Ms Vaugn, ESL teacher, Ms Grant, Teacher Librarian, Mr Nathan, PE teacher/ECA coordinator, Ms Alison, Early Years Coordinator and Ms Victoria, canteen staff.
They gave us some ideas so we can begin our planning next week!
The Grade 1 students have been busily preparing for December Concert. This year we will be performing a song and dance to Hukilau.
Do you want to practice at home? The lyrics are below:
Hukilau' - Grade 1 and Grade 5 SongHUKILAU
Oh we're going, to the hukilau
Huki huki, huki huki, huki hukilau
Everybody loves the hukilau
Where the laulau is the kaukau at the big luau
Oh we throw our nets out into the sea
And all the ama-ama come a-swimmin' to me
Oh we're going to the hukilau,
huki huki huki, hukilau
What a wonderful day for fishin',
The old Hawaiian way,
And the hukilau net are swishin',
Down at old Laie bay
The concert will conclude with the K1 to G5 students singing "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars. You can practice it here:
Flynn: This is my Show & Tell, and it's about art in my house. And when you buy the elephants the money goes to help the elephants in Thailand who are being hurt. And this is my elephant. And I painted it myself, but I had a little help with the nails.
And this is Jake's one. He had a little help with the spots and the nails.
I tried to do one eye of mine, but it's didn't work. They had to cover the eye and do it for me.
And I used lots of colour for my elephant, because I wanted it to be colourful art.
Darshan: What material did you use?
Flynn: Maybe ceramic.
Jake: What's ceramic.
Flynn: It's like pottery. It's made from clay.
Ryo: Are these all in your house?
You buy them so they can have more money to pay the people to hurting the elephants.
Leo: This is Mt Fuji. Mt Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan. In Japan, we like to get into a big bath with unknown people together. The big bath is called 'Sento' in Japanese. In each 'Sento' Mt Fuji is painted on the wall. Everyone enjoys watching this picture while taking a bath.
Seheon: Why is there not fish there? It looks like water.
Leo: It's a bath. It's a picture.
Chaitanya: Is Mt Fuji famous in Japan?
Leo: Yes, in Japan.
Qaseh: What is this?
Leo: A hot bath.
Maanya; This is when it was Diwali. Me and my brother made a rangoli. And I also have a video of a Diwali dance, but it is not working on Ms Leah's computer right now.
Elliot: Can you tell us more?
Maanya: This rangoli is not made of flour or rice. It's made of coloured powder. The candle holders are made out of clay.
Karin: If you step on it, will it break?
Karin: How do you make the shape?
Maanya: What we did is... can you see the white part? We used the chalk to draw it first. Then we used a cup with holes in it to spread the powder.
Qaseh: Is it your drawing?
Maanya: It's Ronen's drawing.
Karin: This picture is what I made in my art class, but I don't like it. But this is a snow scene. I made it inside a shoe box. This is a snow place. And there are animals from snow. But I did not make all the snow animals. But there is a fish.
This is Raffles Hotel. This is very old, but it looks like a new hotel. And this is when I was walking down the stairs.
This is the gingerbread. This is not real, but there is an ant there.
This is when I slept at Marina Bay Sands. These are actually towels. The cleaner made it for us. I didn't want to break it. And I took the photo and used my mom's phone to edit it.
Amy: Which one did you make?
Karin: All of them, but my teacher taught me to make the penguin because I didn't know how and made this one. There are three fish, but it's a little dark so you cannot see them.
It's like a soft clay. The eyes are made of paper. The ears are made of flowers.
Ryo: I'm going to talk about a traditional Japanese hanging scroll.
This hanging scroll is hung on the wall of my grandfather's house.
The crane was painted on the painting. It is because the crane was believed to be a symbol of happiness and eternal youth.
The crane's husband and wife live closely and get along well. The crane is a symbol of good relationships between husbands and wives.
The crane lives longer than any other birds and is thought to have a life span of a thousand years. The crane is a symbol of long life.
So the crane is one of the favourite subjects of Japanese art.
I heard that China and Korea have a similar tradition.
Darshan: Why is it so long?
Ryo: It's a wall hanging.
James: I have feedback and a question. Can you read louder next time? And where is this hanging?
Ryo: In my grandfather's house.
Justin: I'm going to talk about Chinese Calligraphy. These are some pictures of the Chinese calligraphy. Calligraphy is a form of writing written by the ancient Chinese. It is an art using brush pens. Now it's becoming art because people use pens and pencils nowadays.
Elliot: This artist is Anders Zorn. The picture shows midsummer from the 18th century.
This is the glass that looks like that.
Karin: Is it crystal?
Elliot: Yes. And here's some from the same artist.
Seheon: Why is it called a snowball?
Elliot: Because it looks a little like a snowball.
Darshan: Will it break if you drop it?
Elliot: Yes, it's glass.
Ameen: Is that one a dance?