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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