It has been a very busy / exciting / creative couple of weeks in 3C. Our 'How We Express Ourselves' unit is really starting to gather momentum as we try to bring out the inner artist that exists in all of us.
The real focus has been on our second line of inquiry 'People can interpret the arts differently', and, specifically, looking at perspective and subjectivity (much more about this below).
In the coming weeks we will continue to explore and inquire into a whole series of different arts and artistic techniques as we look to communicate the messages / stories from our memory scrolls in as many unique ways as possible!
Workshops Celebrating 'the ARTS'
A huge thank you to all the parents, friends and teachers who have been brave enough to come into G3 and share their own creativity, passion and ways that they like to express themselves. These type of experiences / workshops add so much value to the unit and have really given the children the opportunity to see the arts through many different perspectives. These workshops also inspire and give the children ideas about which arts they want to explore and inquire about!
This week G3 had the opportunity to vist the Sanvikt Research Center in Tashkent. Sanvikt is a place where children from the local community with disabilities can go to express themselves through the arts. It was wonderful for our students to meet, connect and create art with some of the children from Sanvikt.
We are currently, as a class, discussing what ways we can develop our relationship with the Sanvikt Center and the children who use it. We want it to be the start of a meaningful connection, so instead of just providing money or gifts, we want to create a more lasting legacy and impact!
A big thank you to the children who volunteered to help out the 3C stand during 'Science Night'. Our experiment connected well to our current unit as it looked at how science can help to create beautiful colours and patterns. And, for the scientists out there, it also looked at what happens when surface tension is broken and why hand soap is attracted to the protein in milk.
Student Voice - Science Night
"I really liked helping at Science Night. I talked to lots of guests and told them what to do, we even helped little kids too. They were very impressed with all the colours and they liked when the soap and the milk reacted together. I think I was the only kid who was leading a table on the night. So I was proud of myself and it was lots of fun!" Allie
Subjectivity / Critiquing Art
One of the driving key concepts in this current unit is perspective. So, we have been considering our different opinions and views about some of the world's most famous paintings. We have been learning about the related concept of subjectivity and how we can all view art work very differently from each other. It is an important that we can all learn to express our own opinions based on what we are feeling and not let our views be dictated by others. We have also had the opportunity to create our own subjective critiques on a famous painting.
DP Art Exhibition
G3 were incredibly lucky that a DP art exhibition was put on right at the time when we started to look at perspectives and subjectivity. This gave us an excellent oppoertunity to critique artists from TIS and to consider what meaning they were trying to get across in their work!
As part of 3C's new classroom design to suit our 'How We Express Ourselves' unit, we have created an exciting cafe where we can sip a milk or two and reflect, share and ponder over our ideas / work. Thank you for supporting this new part of our environement by allowing the class to bring in drinks to keep the cafe constantly stocked up!
TWITTER party - 200
3C started posting and sharing our learning on twitter in September 2016. Originally, it was an experiment where we wanted to see if we could use this social media to learn more about the world and to connect with other children / schools across the globe - it has been successful in both these ways. We also 'jokingly' said that if we got to 100 followers we would have a party. Well, 100 came and went very quickly and the party was forgotten, but now that we have reached 200 valued and interesting followers we will have a think over what connected celebration we can do next week to mark the occasion. We will keep you posted. Also, if you have not signed up to our twitter account yet, please do by clicking the link at the end of the blog. It will literally take 2 minutes to set up an account and you have immediate access to all of 3C's daily thoughts, inquiries and learning!
Grade 3 have been recommending different shows that you can take your child to over the weekend. This weekend it is the turn of 'Aladdin and the Magic Lamp'. If you can make it, it will be another great example of an art form that is subjective and should provide lots of creativity and entertainment for the family. Ticket and location details below..
February 26, Sunday - 11 am
Aladdin and The Magic Lamp
Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alisher Navoi
Address: 28, Ataturk street, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Tel : 998 71 2339081
Web: www.gabt.uz Email:email@example.com
Growth Mindset of the Week
Perspective has been a huge focus this week and that connects excellently with this image. How we approach, perceive and react to difficult problems really is a mindset that we can develop and train. 3C are always looking to continue to develop our growth mindsets and will always aim to see the glass as 'half full' in all that we do. I appreciate you all for supporting this mindset with your children when they are at home too.
Have an amazing weekend!
How We Express Ourselves
It is our great pleasure to introduce our new 'How We Express Ourselves' unit. Our central idea is 'The arts are a unique way to communicate a message or a story!'
The children have started to look at the types of arts that can be used for expression, as well as the type of stories and messages that they would like to try and express during this unit. Throughout this unit we will be working very closely with all specialist teachers to allow the children a real opportunity to explore and create their ideas across as many different arts as possible. We hope to develop the student's passion for the arts and to encourage them to express their own voice / ideas proudly and with confidence.
Thank you to all the parents who came to discuss the new unit at our meeting last week. For those who were unable to make it, a copy of the powerpoint used in the presentation is below.
How We Express Ourselves Trip
Sanvikt Research Center Trip
Grade 3 are going on a trip to the Sanvkit Research Center next Thursday (16th February) to see how the arts can be used to help and support children with special learning needs in the local community. This will connect well to our first line of inquiry ‘Expression using the arts can occur in many ways.’ More information about this project can be found at: https://orexca.com/sanvikt.shtml
There will be no cost for this trip and it will not interfere with break or lunchtime routines. Please fill in the form below to give permission for your child to go on this trip. Grade 3 students will be going in three different groups, at three different times throughout the day, depending on which group they are in. The students will be there for approximately one hour.
Visiting Art from the Louvre - Provocation
Grade 3 were delighted to have a piece of art from the Louvre, Paris, visit us at Tashkent International School as part of it's world tour.
The children were told that this painting has a remarkable history and that it was supposedly rated in the top 100 painting of the last millenium! After the unveiling of the painting, the children listened to many adults (who security made sure stayed back from the painting) talk about the uniqueness and value of the painting.
The children were then given the opportunity to reflect and respond to the painting. Their views and perspectives can be seen on the padlet page padlet.com/matthewc2/om39994m2399
It was interesting to see how the children, mainly, were guided by the adult's opinions about the painting. One of the unit goals is for students to really express their own views and beliefs proudly and to not just follow the crowd. So, it will be interesting when we revisit this painting later in the unit, if the class still share the same views or are more confidence to express their real feelings!
What do you think of the painting?
New Unit - New Environment
As creativity is such an important attitude for this new unit, 3C felt that we should try and create a more exciting environment that inspired us to create and be more artistic. So, we researched music, art and drama studios, as well as some creative work spaces, to work out what they all had in common. We concluded that they all had lots of space, natural light and individuality. So, with that in mind, we set about over-hauling our whole room. See the results below. We have also set up a cafe in the classroom which will hopefully serve as an area for children to take a break, sip chocolate milkshake and reflect on their work!
Doodling to Music
3C tried out emotional doodling to music this week to try and think about what factors may affect our creativity. We each created four pictures as four different types of music were being played. We considered colour, emotion and how the music was influencing our work. Can you guess which pictures were inspired by which artist? The four songs were from Lou Reed, Bob Marley, Eminem and The Omen movie!
Stuart Stott Visit
Grade 3 were incredibly lucky to have the wonderful Stuart Stotts come to TIS to deliver a workshop. Stuart connected wonderfully with our first line of inquiry 'Expression using the arts can occur in many ways'!
Stuart showed the grade how music can be a wonderful medium for telling funny, scary and very exciting narratives!
Memory Banks / Scrolls
3C have been creating their very own memory banks that they can then use and explore throughout the remainder of the unit.
The children started by lying down and listening to calming music whilst trying to identify powerful memories from their young lives. They then tried to record the image, the emotions connected to it, a description of the moment and what sounds + smells were connected to it in their memory banks.
The children then made these memory banks into their very own memory scrolls and will take these scrolls with them as a stimulus for all their expressive work in the arts over the next few weeks!
Goodbye, Ms Saida
Grade 3 are very sad to say goodbye to our wonderful Teaching Assistant, Ms Saida. Her caring nature, creativity and passion will be missed by us all. We really appreciate all of her effort and wish her all the best on her exciting new adventure into motherhood.
We hope that she will still pop in from time to time to continue to inspire us all!
Growth Mindset of the Week!
So much of this unit is about the process of trying and experimenting. The end result is almost secondary to the fostering of creativity, risk-taking and searching for originality. Our mindset needs to be that if one idea doesn't work, no problem, try another and another and another.... Enjoy the process and enjoy the journey!
Have a great weekend!
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