Category Archives: Term 1

Term 1, 2020: What’s been happening in Art?

Preps

This term Preps have been welcomed into Art with lots of exploratory activities introducing them to different materials and techniques such as painting with water colour. They are being introduced to the ‘elements of art’ of line, shape and colour through viewing various examples of Abstract Art. Students are learning about the possibilities of connecting art and music when they delve into the work of artist Wassily Kandinsky. They will also create an artwork inspired by the artist Paul Klee.

Grades 1 & 2

 This term in Art, Grade 1 and 2 students will examine and discuss different examples of Abstract Art and Abstract Expressionism from the early 20th Century and make artworks informed by these conversations. Students will learn about different sculptural techniques and make a kinetic sculpture inspired by Alexandre Calder. They will also have a chance to deepen their knowledge of colour mixing when creating a painting inspired by Mark Rothco.

Grades 3 & 4

 It’s all about exploring Abstract Art in Term 1. Through whole-class discussions, Grade 3 and Grade 4 students have been exploring the visual conventions (such as balance, contrast and movement) used to create the well-known style of artists such as Piet Mondrian. They will now design ways to modify the style to create their own artwork. We will look at Jackson Pollack later in the term.

Grades 5 & 6

What is the purpose of Abstract Art? Grade 5 and 6 students will explore this question and others as we investigate Abstract Art and Abstract Expressionism from the early 20th Century in Term 1. Students will identify the visual conventions used in artworks by Georgia O’Keeffe and Sonia Delaunay and then apply these ideas in their own creations.

What’s happening in Music this term?

Prep

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

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 1, 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 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.

School Values: Creativity

As part of the school-wide Start-Up program, students have been exploring the school value of Creativity in Music classes. What is Creativity? How can we be creative? We talked about creative thinking and how everyone thinks in different ways. Students then completed an activity where they collected three picture cards of everyday items (e.g. table, paper clips, lego) and collaborated in small groups to solve the following problem:

A monkey has escaped from the local zoo. How will you use your 3 items to create a trap to safely return it?

We had some super creative ideas!

 

Term1: Grade 1&2 Ancient Art

Earlier in Term 2, students in grade 1 and 2 spent time finishing off their Egyptian portraits from Term 1. Here’s some of their completed artworks!

2S Gallery

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2M Gallery

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2A Gallery

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1K Gallery

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1G Gallery

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Grade 5 and 6 Samba arrangements

Grade 5 and 6 students have been exploring Brazilian Samba music this term. We didn’t have traditional South American instruments so we used African instruments to get similar sounds. They learnt some of the rhythms through word phrases and used these as well as call and response patterns to create their own Samba arrangements in groups. We hope they get you grooving!

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Grade 3 and 4 Cup Compositions

Grade 3 and 4 students explored body percussion and rhythms this term and learnt ‘The Cup Song’ from the movie ‘Pitch Perfect’. They then composed their own cup song in groups and used music notation, words and pictures to document their composition. This is called a ‘score’. They then rehearsed and performed their compositions. There’s SOOOOO much creativity on display here! Here’s a sample:

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Grade 1 and 2 Pizza Compositions

Grade 1 and 2 students have been working hard this term learning how to write music notation and rhythms to create their own compositions based on…PIZZA! They chose rhythms to create a musical document called a ‘score’, then they arranged their composition and rehearsed it before performing it to the class. They even added loud and soft sounds to the score called ‘dynamics’. Check out these examples:

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What’s happening in Music this term?

Prep
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.