In Term One, 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
This term Grade 1 and 2 students will explore rhythmic and melodic patterns in music through the groovy books ‘Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons’ and ‘Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes’. Students will learn to sing these songs and identify the first beat in every bar as well as practice keeping a steady beat to the music. They will also compose and perform their own version of ‘Rocking in my School Shoes’ by completing a rhythmic template. Students will also learn to identify and play patterns in various nursery rhymes.
Grade 3 and 4
In Term One, Grade 3 and 4 students will be using the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers to explore duration and dynamics. They will learn about time signatures by playing and singing songs that have three beats in a bar, as opposed to the conventional four beats. Students will have the opportunity to compose and perform their own Boomwhacker piece and learn to write and recognise notes in a Major scale using traditional notation. They will also experiment with simple chords and begin to understand how using these creates harmony in their piece.
Grade 5 and 6
This term Grade 5 and 6 students will be taking a groove-based approach to learning rhythmic patterns as a large whole-class ensemble. They will be exploring traditional Jamaican reggae and dancehall rhythms as well as Afro-Cuban tumbao patterns. Students will practice maintaining their part throughout the performances and explore ways to combine and extend musical ideas through improvisation. By interpreting graphic and traditional notation, students will explore different ways of communicating and expressing musical ideas using elements such as dynamics and articulation.
Preps will be easing into the art room by learning routines and experiencing play-based art. The focus is not on finished artefacts, but rather an opportunity for students to explore different mediums. This term Preps will be learning about masks in art. Students will be creating a lion mask which focuses on colour, texture and symmetry. Students will have the opportunity to experience working with paint and will be able to work on their fine-motor skills through drawing and collaging tasks.
This term Grade 1 and 2 students will be learning about masks and their place in different cultures around the world. Students will be looking at portraits by Pablo Picasso from his later years as an artist. During a series of lessons focused on experimentation and play, students will create a collection of painted and drawn portraits. Students will then use these developmental works, to create a Picasso inspired mask, which focuses on a colour, shape and line.
As part of our unit on Masks this term, students will be create a vibrant and abstract mask inspired by carnivals and festivals from all around the world. During this unit, students will explore different festivals and draw on those ideas to create a mask, which captures a feeling of celebration and fun. Through developmental works and the final artefact, students will discover how colour, contrast and pattern can combine to make a harmonious artwork.
This term, students will be creating mixed-media masks inspired by traditional masks and ceremonies from Sierra Leone. Students will delve deep into the customs and ceremonies of Sierra Leone and learn about the way in which masks are used to convey meaning and traditions in Sierra Leonean culture. Students will create a series of developmental sketches and paintings, before making a mask from cardboard and organic materials, such as seed pods and grasses. The skill-focus for this work is on balance, texture and shape.
Thank you so much for reaching out to us! We absolutely LOVE seeing the students work and what an honor it is to be the inspiration for such wonderful pieces! We may even have to use some of the students’ ideas as inspiration ourselves;)
Glad to know our work is making it across the world and into your classroom. We hope the students gained some insight into shape-making, material experimentation, color and pattern play, and the struggles and joys of trying to make art.
Thanks again for sharing and enjoy a wonderful holiday season!
Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao
Well done kids! Chiaozza has tipped their hat to you all the way from America!
This semester students in the Junior Art Extension Class have been looking at the work of collaborative duo, Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao, AKA Chiaozza (www.eternitystew.com). The students started with experimental sketches and paintings, followed by small clay ‘plant’ sculptures and culminated in creating larger papier-mâché plant sculptures. This project allowed students to work with a variety of different mediums and explore different colour and pattern combinations. The results are fantastic, hope you enjoy them as much we enjoyed making them!
Congratulations to The Grade 4 Art Club for creating these amazing large-scale butterfly sculptures. These students spent every Friday lunchtime for three terms creating these amazing sculptures, which are now installed in the library.
We have had such a fabulous year in the Arts department here at Bell. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with all the amazingly talented and creative kids over 2017 and look forward to another fun-filled year in 2018. Happy festive season, Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! From Chelsea and Milica
This Term, Grade 5/6 students went Back to the Future! They set upon a mini Inquiry into the Science Fiction genre (Sci-Fi) and detailed their own characters using digital MindMapping tools. Students then unleashed their creativity to compose a vignette (short composition) to represent their chosen character using the Soundation program. They explored how famous Sci-Fi composers use technology and the elements of music to create drama and tension through music. Here are some awesome examples of their work!
In Term 4, Grade 3 and 4 students had the opportunity to participate in a lunchtime Open Mic club. This club gave students the chance to practice performing songs in front of an audience, just like at a real Open Mic event. Students could come and just be an audience member if they preferred and learnt what it meant to be a good audience. We had some amazing performances!
This Term, students in Grade 1 and 2 learnt all about the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers. They experimented with how to make sounds from these instruments and learnt how to follow traditional and digital notation. Students also used a rhythmic template to create their own compositions. Here are some Boomwhacking examples!
In Term 4, Prep students delved further into exploring pitch and basic form in music. They learnt about steps and leaps when using intervals and looked at different pieces that used musical patterns. Here are some Preps playing Hot Cross Buns on percussion instruments!