This term we have experimented with Baitk painting. This Art style is a traditional art form in many Asian countries and is used to decorate fabrics that are turned into clothes. Our paintings were inspired by nature and we used primary colours to mix secondary colours with fabric paint. Fabric paint is runny ahd hard to control so they were a real challenge to paint. The outlines of our work were painted with cold wax- (Batik is usually done with hot wax but our pictures have the same effect as ones made using hot wax). We think our effects are really beautiful, what do you think?
In 4A and 4E we had the opportunity to skype a scientist. Before we skyped the scientist we had to find information about her job. We knew that she was a marine spatial ecologist that focuses on Gray whales. This means that she observes the food Gray whales eat and their behaviours when they find their food. We had to research information about her job and facts about Gray whales so we could ask her questions about her job.
When we skyped the scientist named Florence, we recorded key questions and notes to helps us learn more information about Gray whales and how this relates to biodiversity.
We used the information that we learned from the marine ecologist to write a persuasive or a information report in a group. We are using this information to help us understand biodiversity better and to help us with are solutions later on.
Over the weekend, Jack broke his thumb. We thought his story about how he broke his thumb was a little boring so we decided to write exciting short stories instead. Check out some of our stories below.
One day Jack went with his mum to the shops. It was so boring staying there for hours and hours so he snuck the keys out of his mum’s bag and stole the keys to the car without his mum knowing. He ran into the car park and started to drive the car home, a cop started chasing him and Jack crashed the car and that’s how he broke his thumb. – Ahmed
One sunny morning Jack was at the park with his sister Caitlyn. He was swinging on the monkey bars but he stopped. “The bars are slippery,” he said so he went to the flying fox. As he was riding the flying fox the line snapped. Making the sounds as loud as a gibbon Jack fell off bending his thumb back. “Ouch” screamed Jack. – Zahna
We discovered that palm oil is diguised when labelled on products we use in our homes every day. We investigated labels and noticed palm oil is often labelled as vegetable oil, vegetable fat, palmitate, palm kernel oil and many others. We know that the production of palm oil in unsustainable ways is destroying the habitats of orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos. We encourage you to check the labels on your products and buy only certified sustainable palm oil products. Help save these endangered animals!
In math we have been learning about different ways to represent multiplication including arrays, pictures, repeated addition, algorithms, grid method, worded problems and inverse division facts. We have been recording our learning on a thinker’s board.
In term 4 our ‘Big Idea’ is Environment and our little big idea is biodiversity. While learning about biodiversity we have been Sketchnoting to help us understand the videos we have watched. We have also been investigating the different biomes on earth. We painted landscapes of deserts, rainforests, grasslands, aquatic biomes including marine and fresh water, the tundra and forest. Then we found plants and animals that belonged in each of these biomes.
We would like to introduce our new class pets, ‘The Stick Insects!’ We have 6 young Spiny Leaf insects and 5 eggs living in a tank in our classroom. We have read lots of information about how to take care of them. We need to spray them with water everyday, we need to change the newspaper and put in fresh gum leaves once a week and we need to handle them with care as they are very delicate.
We also had a visit from Lambchops, Tyson’s 10 day old lamb. He was very energetic and guzzled his bottle of milk that Isabella and Gurleen fed him. We looked at the different wools on his body, on his legs and under his chin.
This term we are reading the great Australian novel Storm Boy as a class. We have made predictions and read the blurb. We have worked hard on decoding all the new and interesting vocab so far.
In maths we have been using our problem solving model to work out lots of ‘Would you rather?’ problems.
We finally created our installation for the Specialist showcase and it looked amazing! The hardest part was working out how we wanted to arrange our work. We had to work together as a class and we decided that we were going to arrange them in order from largest to smallest. After taking some time to work this out we used blue tack to stand our totem poles on the tables. Did you see our work at the showcase? if not you can have a look at the pictures below and tell us what you think.
We were so happy to see so many families come to see the work of students on display at the Specialist Showcase this year. Parents and students were able to come into the Art rooms and participate in a variety of activities such as mindfulness Mandala colouring, Pop Art murals painting, bubble art and experimental painting using mineral paper and inks. Everyone had a great time spending time together and making some very creative Art. Some of the Pop Art Murals from the night of the showcase still need some work. If you want to help finish them come to Art club during blue school timetable at lunchtime and give us a hand to finish them. See below for the pictures of what kids and families created.
Were you at the Specialist Showcase last week?! It was a huge success and was fantastic to see so many parents coming down with us to see the highlights of our specialist classes. Hopefully you had a look at the Gallery while you were there because we had a great showcase of student work ranging from Term 1 to Term 3. It was like walking through a sea of colour and creativity! If you didn’t get a chance to see the gallery, or you want to see some of it again, check out the gallery pictures in this blog. There’s also some great pictures of some of us and our parents enjoying the art activities. It was pretty busy at times in the art rooms, so hopefully everyone who came a long had a chance to participate. Grade 1s and 2s had already done the activities in Miss Kirk’s room, so they were great teachers on the night to those of us that hadn’t done them before! In Miss Thomas’ room, there was painting happening for a secret picture, which she will shortly be revealing! Please enjoy these pictures!
Book Week Dress Up
On Tuesday, we could dress up as our favourite book character. We had a parade and called out some winners. Everyone’s costumes were amazing! We had Harry Potter, Dorothy, Matilda, Spring Trap, Willy Wonka and many more cool costumes. Our class made a narrative that was based on the topic ‘Escape to Everywhere’. In our stories we could use the character we were dressed up as.
On Wednesday, we had lunch with our prep buddies but before we had our lunch we did an activity related to a shortlisted book called Gary. It was very FUN!
On Thursday, parents/guardians came to our class to help our class do an activity related to a book from the future, ‘Mechanica’. It was about animals in the future and how the world had changed over time. Then we created our own animal of the future using pipe cleaners, balloons, pom poms, googly eyes, feathers, cups, bowls, paper clips, straws, foil and pegs. After that we wrote scientific journal descriptions about the animal we made.
On Friday, our class had a multicultural lunch. Everyone brought in a plate of food from their culture or a country they are curious about. Some of the food our class brought in were prawn crackers, lamingtons, rice, spring rolls, Lebanese bread with hummus and cucumber, brownies, cookies and many more tasty foods.
We have been curious about installations and what kind of art works they are. We have discovered that Installations are artworks that becomes part of a space or an environment and can be made by one or more artists. We made Totem poles out of tubes that represent each one of us and we plan on creating a class installation using everyone’s artwork. We were inspired by the Aboriginal memorial Totem pole installation at the National Gallery of Australia. We hope our installation demonstrates our ability to work as a team and our school values of respect, responsibility and achievement. Look out for our installation around the school, it will be finished soon.
In Grade 3 and 4 Art we’ve had a look at an Indigenous artwork known as the Aboriginal Memorial. Have a look at the picture above to see the installation; does it make you curious to know more?
We have had heaps of great wonderings from this image:
“I wonder why it looks like an Aboriginal Rain stick? Are we going to make our own and put them around the school?” – Cooper, 3F
“It looks like water pipes, are they cardboard, or pipes? What would happen if water spills on it? What would happen to them? It reminds me of a didgeridoo. I wonder why there is different designs because I notice that the sides have similarities and differences. Is it indoor?” – Mustafa, 3F
“Did you take the photo or is it off the internet? Is it bamboo? Who designed it? Who was the first indigenous person to die?” – Solomon, 3F
“Where is it? Why are there little holes? Where are they? Why are some thick and some skinny? Can you touch them? Where does the path go?” Ramin, 3F
“Did we do this on Better Buddies Day? I wonder why some of them are tall and some of them are short, and why there are rocks?” – Solomon, 3F
“Why are some of the patterns cut out? What was the date it was made?” –Shivya, 3F
“Is it a path?” –Zeynep, 3F
“I wonder they are different shapes and sizes?” – Maeesha
“I wonder why all of them are different and have different looks and why did they make it?” – Peter, 3F
“I wonder why they are inside?” – Taylor, 3F
“What happens when they get wet?” – Jessica, 3F
“I wonder how big they are.” – Simrat, 3F
“Who was fighting?” – Kovidh, 3F
The more we asked, the more we wanted to know! We are still finding out more about the image each time we go to Art, and we are creating our own!
Please enjoy some of our work so far and look out for the finished pieces in the next few weeks.
You can find more information about the Memorial here: https://nga.gov.au/AboriginalMemorial/home.cfm