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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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