Compass Points / Step Inside - Visible Thinking Routines
G3 have been developing their observing and analytical skills through visible thinking routines. The first one we tried was called 'Compass Points'. This routine prompts the children to express their own views about something (in this case a provocative image) and to consider the perspective of the artist and the bigger conceptual idea behind the image.
We have also been using the visible thinking routine of 'Step Inside' to really put ourselves in the place of an artist and to really learn to appreciate what they are trying to express to their audience. This routine is very fun, as we literally have to step into the picture (see video below).
Within G3 we are using lots of engaging visible thinking and we are building up a healthy repetoire of different routines. These then become a common way to share our views, ideas and thinking. More information about different visible thinking strategies can be found by clicking the link below.
A huge thank you to all the parents and teachers who took part in our creativity week. The children got lots of opportunities to understand, try and ask questions about many different art forms. Thank you for being so brave and setting such a good example for your children.
The adult workshops have also inspired the children to bring in their own passions and to share them with the class in a similar way.
Hastimam Madrassa Trip
This week Grade 3 were very lucky to visit the Hastimam Madrassa in Tashkent. We were treated to five fascinating local workshops about wood carving, lacquered painting, straw art, embroidery and minature painting.
It was wonderful to observe the accuracy and precision by these craftsmen/women. It was great for the kids to see the dedication, patience and enthusiasm by the artists for their work. We also got to 'have a go' at some of the arts. Hopefully, some of these experiences will inspire and influence the class when they start creating work for the G3 Art Exhibition at the end of our current 'How We Express Ourselves' unit.
Emotional Doodling - Expression
Emotional doodling is when you let your drawings be influenced by other factors, in this case music. You allow the ideas, the colours and outline of a piece to be driven by the emotions you feel from each piece of music. We had four very diverse pieces. A scary piece of music from a horror movie, the calm of William Orbit, the Teletubbies theme and finally ending on Dr Dre. It is fascinating to see how each child reacted differently (through their art) to each style of music. This was a great lead in to our second line of inquiry 'Audiences can interpret the arts differently' and our focus on the related concept of 'subjectivity'.
As part of our word study lessons we inquired into pangrams. A pangram is a sentence (that makes sense) that has every letter of the alphabet used at least one time. The shortest pangram in the English language is 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.' 9 words and 35 letters. The challenge was to beat this total. Sadly, we did not manage this almost impossible feat (modern computers have failed to create a shorter panagram), but we did come up with some very fun sentences and we really took time to consider our choice of words and letters.
The last few weeks Grade 3 have been focusing on fractions in mathematics. The central idea has been 'We explore fractions to understand how the world around is shared / divided'. We followed the following lines of inquiry and concepts.
Creativity Videos of the Week
Below are some very inspirational and provocative videos that we have been watching about creativity and the arts. If you have time over the weekend, I would definitely recommend that you watch these together as a family and talk about how each video makes you feel and why. What do you take away from the videos?
As the culmination of our 'How We Express Ourselves' G3 will be hosting an Art Exhibition on Monday 12th March. Parents will be invited to come to the exhibition from 1.10pm and then children from other classes will start attending from 1.30pm. Please mark this date in your diaries / calendars.
Have an amazing and creative weekend,
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