In Term 1, Preps will be introduced to the foundations of music by exploring elements such as beat, pitch, dynamics and tempo. Students will use their voices, movement and instruments to express ideas and interpret sound and silence. We will also begin responding to music through simple listening tasks using a variety of genres and styles. Preps will play and sing songs and rhymes and explore contrasts in sounds. This term is also about learning the routines in the music room and respecting the instruments and equipment we use to express our creativity.
Grade 1 and 2
In Term 1, Grade 1 and 2 students will focus on exploring and composing with three key elements in music – rhythm, pitch and dynamics. They will build their knowledge of these music elements through a set of fun activities based on each element while growing their confidence and collaborative skills along the way. Students will use simple rhythmic notation and collaborate in groups to create their own Pizza Compositions to perform to the class with percussion instruments.
Grade 3 and 4
In Term 1, Grades 3 and 4 will be exploring musical elements such as rhythm, pitch and dynamics through voice, movement and body percussion. Students will learn to play rhythms through a process of speech patterns and movement and will begin developing their improvisation skills during group activities. They will learn and analyse The Cup Song by breaking down the parts of the composition that relate to both the rhythmic pattern and movement elements of the piece. They will then compose their own cup pattern using a graphic score and simple notation and arrange their pattern to create their own piece. Students will rehearse and perform their composition for the class.
Grade 5 and 6
In Term 1, Grades 5 and 6 will be taken on a rhythmical journey through body percussion and Latin American music. Students will learn how to use word phrases to play various percussion instruments and explore and create body percussion pieces through chants. They will investigate South American Samba style rhythms and get creative with improvisation. Students will have the opportunity to create their own rhythm and word phrases using movement and sound and will arrange their own Samba piece to perform to the class.
As part of the Ancient Art unit this term the Grade 1s and 2s have been doing some portrait sketch studies inspired by ancient Egyptian Pharaohs . Their attention to detail and ‘free’ drawing style is simply amazing. This is the first stage of the project, so stayed tuned for more about these portraits in the coming weeks!
This term in art, the Preps will be travelling back in time to learn about ancient civilisations and their unique art forms. Prep students will be starting with Egypt, with a particular focus on the icon of Bastet – the Egyptian god. Whilst learning about the cultural and spiritual significance of Bastet, students will create a painting, which depicts Mau’s stature and iconography. Keeping with the theme of Egypt, students will create Egyptian collars, which will enable students to focus on their design and detail skills.
Grade 1 and 2
As part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term students will explore the art of ancient Egypt, with a particular focus on Pharaoh inspired self-portraits. During this artwork, students will learn about hieroglyphics and Egyptian gods. Students will turn a photograph of themselves into a painting, which depicts them as an ancient Egyptian King or Queen.
Grade 3 and 4
Grade 3 and 4 students will be travelling back in time to Medieval England as part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term! Students will be learning about the art form of medieval calligraphy and Celtic design. Armed with this information, they will create their own interpretation of the art form using their initials as basis for the work. This work will aim to help students understand the cultural significance of ancient scriptures and calligraphy and the aesthetic influence of Celtic stylisation.
Grade 5 and 6
Grade 5 and 6 students will be transported back to when the Egyptian empire ruled supreme! Students will learn about the ancient Egyptians obsession with death and the after life, their burial rituals and the astonishing art, which adorned their tombs. Students will create a ‘royal’ portrait on gold paper, which will then be placed on a sarcophagus-shaped piece of paper, which they will design and paint in the style of Tutankhamun’s famous sarcophagus.
Last term students in Grade 5 and 6 looked at the work of indigenous artist, Reko Rennie. Students watched interviews with Reko Rennie, which I used as a springboard for discussion around the ethics of street art and the differences between graffiti and street art. Through these rich discussions, students formed interesting perspectives on what they believed justified ‘good’ street art. Reko Rennie uses the diamond motif regularly in his work, which we learnt links to a masculine symbol from his mob. Students incorporated the diamond motif along with an Australian animal of their choice. By using fluro colours, students were able to blend the contemporary with their knowledge of the diamond motif.
In Term 4 last year, the Grade 1/2 students looked at the work of Wurundjeri artist, Judy Nicholson. Students learnt about Wurundjeri dreamtime stories, with a specific focus on Bunjil the creator spirit. Using painting and printmaking techniques, students created these beautiful depictions of Bunjil, which also incorporate elements of the Aboriginal flag. In Grade 2 students used foam boards to print their Bunjil design. The Grade 1s used black markers to draw their Bunjil. This was a great introductory project for students to learn more about Wurundjeri culture and the first people’s of Australia.
In Term 4, Prep students explored Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and music. They played and composed simple rhythms on the Aboriginal clap sticks and experimented with using symbols to represent long and short sounds. Preps created an animal soundscape based on the book ‘An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals’ by Indigenous Australian artist Bronwyn Bancroft. Here are some examples:
In Term 4, Grade 5 and 6 students explored Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music by analysing modern Indigenous songs and their significance in Australian culture. They learned the song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ through student-led workshops using voice, keyboard, guitar and percussion to arrange, rehearse and perform the song as a class.
During our unit on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, Grade 1 and 2 worked on the song Belle Mama. They added the actions to the song and also practised singing it in a ’round’. Here is a sample:
This term, Grade 3 and 4 students have been exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music. They learned the song ‘Taba Naba’ from the Torres Strait Islands and performed it along with the accompanying ‘sit-down’ dance. Here are some examples: