Monthly Archives: February 2014

Welcome


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Welcome Parents, Teachers, Guardians, Grandparents, Friends and of course the stars of the blog, the Students!

This blog is a way to share the wonderful artwork and music that the students have created at Bell P.S. Sometimes you might like to see what students are doing in other year levels different from your own child’s or you may just be curious to see what your child is up to in music or the art room. This blog is a facilitator for just that and will keep you up-to-date with your child’s artistic education.

This blog will operate as an online gallery and will be updated as students finish their works and also during the process of work. So, it would be wise to save this page as a bookmark on your computer so you never miss a post!

We are delighted to share the artwork and music of Bell Primary School’s students with you all and we hope you enjoy celebrating their artistic successes.

Please use the categories listed in the right hand sidebar to find grade related posts eg: If you are looking for Prep Art you can select the category “Art Prep” and you will then see all the latest posts of the Preps enjoying art.

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– Andrew (music) and Chelsea (art)

Painting with the Preps

This week the Preps have been learning about trees and their features. I started off with some guided drawing and then let the kids loose to create their own tree painting in their Art Journals. The results were truly beautiful, so many different and wonderful trees, all unique to the artist – much similar to the way we see diverse trees in nature. Here are a selection of snaps from the five Prep classes, enjoy!

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Being Conductors

Preps Go Bananas! The preps have been amazing considering we are only 3 weeks into school. A highlight has been Rhythm Detectives and the ‘Hello’ Song. However, their favourite song has to be Banana’s

Over the first couple of weeks  grade 1 and 2 students had the opportunity to conduct he class ‘Gibberish’ orchestra. Using green for start and red for stop they were able to control the orchestra. The conductors also had signs that read ‘opera’, ‘mouse’, ‘slow motion’, ‘fast motion’. This added another dimension to the Gibberish orchestra allowing the student who were conductors to use their creative thinking to create interesting sounds.

The grade 3 and 4’s have been enjoying their drama and musical games as well as the new vocal warm up tongue twisters. They have also begun to learn a new song ‘Wake Up’ which, I have to say, was sung beautifully at this mornings assemble after only learning it last week.

Grade 5&6’s have begun their exploration of Science Fiction.  Last week the students activated and shared  their prior knowledge around the theme of Sci Fi. This week the students will be engaging in a mini inquiry so that they have the necessary background knowledge to then begin their planning of their Sci Fi narrative of which they will then compose music for.

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Poppy Club

Starting Monday the 17th of Feb there will be a Poppy club in the art room from 1:40 – 2:20. What does the Poppy club entail you ask? Students will be knitting poppies and making felt poppies for our school ANZAC memorial. In addition to our school memorial, the Poppies will eventually be sent to the 5,000 Poppies project where they will be exhibited along with many others at Federation Square in 2015.

To start with, the Poppy Club will be open to students in Years 3 – 6 and later in the term it will be open to Prep – Year 2. If anyone has any red, black or green felt and/or wool they would like to donate it would be much appreciated! For those parents who are interested in helping with the club, please pop in after school to arrange the details.

Gill, Kellie and myself are looking forward to working with the children on this meaningful project.

– Chelsea

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Let The Music Begin!

Wow! It’s been a fabulous start to the beginning of the school year that is Music@Bell 2014. The students have been involved in a myriad of drama games, rhythm games, singing games and songs. Its so great to go over and especially teach some old favourites to the new preps. The students have loved games such as Rhythm Detectives , Concentration Elimination, Heads Up and everyone’s favourite Pass The Beat Around the room.

The grade 3-6’s were extremely creative with their drama activities/games where they where restricted by the fact that they were not allowed to talk for the whole lesson. ‘Yeah Right!” I hear you say 😉 but they actually were able to do it. It’s not easy for a small group of 12 students to form the shape of a speed boat with driver and acrobatic water skiers being pulled behind it.

There was lots of thinking to be had as well with this terms thinking routine ‘See, Think, Wonder’. This routine forms the basis of the students weekly musical analysis and appreciation.

Was great to hear so many students singing well at the last whole school assembly and the 1/2’s were amazing with the ‘hello’ song as well. I am looking forward to continuing working with the students at these assemblies as there is nothing more uplifting than singing as a mass group and its a great way to start the week.

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