What a fantastic time it has been in Term 3 for our Spanish Classroom. This term we welcomed back Year 2s and Year 5s. The Year 5 students have been reviewing past lessons including numbers and feelings and learning new topics including how to say their age.
¿Cuántos anos tienes? How old are you?
Tengo diez años. I am ten years old.
Foundation and Year 1s have been learning about colours using a new song Colores y Números(Colours and Numbers)by Rocaklingua.
A Children’s Book Council of Australia Book (CBCA) shortlisted story called, ‘The Snow Wombat’, by Susannah Chambers was read to Prep students. In this work, they used masking tape strips to create gum trees in a winter background. Soon the wombats will be stencilled and sponged to add further textural elements and depth to these exciting works. Please refer to the works in progress.
Grade 1 students have been using a cross-curricular approach in their art making. They have listened to Camille Saint-Saen’s, “The Carnival of the Animals” (1886) music movement. They also looked at Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso’s angular, cubist animal paintings as well as Australian Indigenous artist, Lin Onus’ patterned animal landscapes. Students ‘listened for animals’ in the classical music and sketched shape, form, line and different patterns in these vibrant impressions.
Another CBCA shortlisted book, by Leila Rudge about a pigeon named ‘Gary’, who could not fly, was read to the Grade 3s. They responded using pastels and mixed media to create distinctive pigeons with racing outfits or headwear. Students have drawn postcards, tickets, made envelopes, used their mapping knowledge and literacy skills, to invent adventurous tales across their page.
The Grade 4s have worked on creating perspective in their art by making tunnel books that have a foreground, middle-ground and background. They are a lot of fun and all are unique! These art books and are hinged on the sides with accordion style paper and can be viewed in the office area.
In response to the Lions Club, “The Future of Peace” competition, Grade 6 students have free choice of materials and are designing large posters relating to peace and what it means around the world. On October 3rd, artworks from the level will be selected to compete in the Blackburn district and a winner from the local schools will then be selected for the division and international competition.
We have had a great start to the term and it has been wonderful to see so many students and families utilising the library before school. Not only are we seeing students returning and borrowing books before school but many students are bringing family members in to build with our construction blocks, play chess, draw and read together.
There are no formal library sessions for Prep and Grade One students in Term 3, so students are encouraged to return and borrow books before school and at lunchtimes.
Our library is open every morning before school from 8.45 am -9.00 am and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime from 1.25 pm – 1.50 pm.
We are offering special story time sessions to Grade Prep and One students every Tuesday lunchtime during Term 3 from 1.10 – 1.25 pm. These sessions will be taken by our fabulous Grade 6 library leaders where they will read and talk about books from our new arrivals area. Our story time sessions begin Tuesday 25th July. An announcement will be made to remind Prep and Grade One students to come to the library if they wish. We look forward to seeing you there.
What a busy Term 2 we have had so far in our Spanish classrooms! This term I had the pleasure of welcoming our Year 1 and Foundation students to the Spanish classroom.
The students have been learning the following basic greetings:
Buenos Días: Good Morning
Buenas Tardes: Good afternoon
Buenas Noches: Good Afternoon
The Foundation students have also been learning the numbers 1 -10 and created their own Spanish Number book so they can practice at home.
The Year 1 students are learning the song “Buenos días” by Rockalingua. Los niños (the children) love the song and it is a pleasure to hear them sing along!
You Tube clip below:
Other useful links:
Números 1 -10
Colores y Números by Rockalingua
The Year 4 students have been working on a role play for the last two weeks. They have worked in groups to create a script with all the topics that we have learnt so far this semester. I was very pleased with the hard work and commitment that they showed during this project.
“FANTASTIC” and “AMAZING” are words we are hearing a lot in our library this week. Our Book Fair has arrived and the students are buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm about the vast array of books, posters and stationery that are available for purchase. Students have been browsing the Book Fair and writing their wish lists. It has been fabulous to hear them discussing their favourite books and recommending great books to their friends.
Book Fair Purchasing dates
Monday June 5th (8.15 – 9.00 am and 3.30 – 4.15 pm)
Tuesday June 6th (8.15 – 9.00 am and 3.30 – 4.15 pm)
Wednesday June 7th (8.15 – 9.00 am and 3.30 – 4.15 pm)
We look forward to seeing you at our Book Fair next week ME MATEYS!!!!
NEVR Youth Concert Tuesday 30th May, 2017 Hamer Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets are on sale now for this year’s NEVR (North-Eastern Victoria Region) Youth Concert. Titled “DanceBeat”, the annual event will feature musical performances by approximately 700 primary and secondary students from across the metropolitan and regional regions. The concert will feature individual school items, massed combined school orchestras, bands and choirs. Many of our Year 5 Choir members will be representing Laburnum Primary School in the Primary Choir.
Tickets can be purchased via artscentremelbourne.com.au. Student/Conc. $20.00 Adult $28.00 Family $75.00 (2 adults & 2 child/conc.)
CHOIR MEMBERS, keep scrolling down
to find links to videos and audio files to assist with your practise at home:
SESERE EEYE(Traditional Torres Strait Island song & dance)
*Sesere Eeye HIGH HARMONY part
*Brolga SOPRANO part
*Brolga ALTO part
SOMETHING TOLD THE WILD GEESE
*Something Told the Wild Geese SOPRANO part
*Something Told the Wild Geese ALTO part
WAU BULAN (Moon Kite) (traditional Malaysian song and dance)
Last term our newest art recruits, (our gorgeous Preps) made interpretations of Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’. With their fingers, the students spread different shades of blue paint onto foil and printed onto paper. Students used pastels to create their own landscapes learning about foregrounds with splendid results.
Similarly, the Grade 2s are currently exploring Van Gogh’s Sunflower series; after all, he is one of the most renowned painters to have lived in the last 200 years! The media they are experimenting with includes painting simulated textures using equipment such as forks and twigs to create different layers and strokes. Students are creating magnificent collages with symmetrical vases, pastel shading and leaf details.
If you would like to learn more about Van Gogh, a great family outing would be to visit the latest Blockbuster exhibition entitled, “Van Gogh and the Seasons”. This is the largest exhibition of Van Gogh’s to travel to Australia. This exhibition is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) until 9th of July 2017.
Mrs Wheelton and I took the Laburnum Landscape Art Group to the NGVI on May 3rd to view these incredible landscapes. Every Thursday lunchtime these 20 Year 5 and 6 budding artists will be creating their own landscapes that will be displayed at the NGVI and later back at school.
I welcome the Grade 3s and 4s to Term 2. They studied American artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork, who is well known for her paintings that contain enlarged and painted objects as if viewed through a magnifying glass. Students are articulating new meanings and terms learning the difference between realism and abstraction. Look out parents; many students were surprised to learn that from the age of ten, O’Keeffe knew she wanted to be an artist!
Enjoy these beautiful artworks by some talented Year 4 students!
I am looking forward to Term 2 and getting to know you and the Laburnum Primary School community. I am passionate about the Visual Arts and creative design. It has been fabulous job-sharing with the talented Mrs Maria Wheelton.
Mrs Lou Blamey
(Visual Arts teacher Monday & Fridays)
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