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!
Week 7 was Literacy and Numeracy week at ACPS, filled with exciting activities like coding, Bloxels, writing, and rich maths tasks. Week 8 was eSmart week, which was also packed with activities for our students to learn about being safe online.
Literacy & Numeracy Week: Choose Your Own Adventure
This is me, Rivindu, and Adriano’s Choose Your Own Adventure story. It was a really fun time making this book but there is still more pages to come I tried to work on the book as much as I can and I hope as I continue it will succeed. – Hassan
Literacy & Numeracy Week: Maths Rich Task
Students were challenged to survey their peers on reading preferences, interpret the data and identify the right text types, then select the books from a catalogue for a new classroom library–all within the budget of $300! Finally, students created a catalogue with a summary of their chosen texts. Everyone was very immersed and came up with some great results!
eSmart Week (Week 8)
We watched videos and movies about these kids who were giving away their personal information, like one them gave away their personal information and told his friend but it was really a 37-year-old man. In other one this girl wanted to download an app called quickpick like Facebook and her friend posted a photo of her spilling water on herself and it got shared around and she got really embarrassed.
We learnt never give away personal information about yourself online—your birthday, where you live, your address. You could also get hacked.
You will kidnapped and if you give some of your personal information the people can rob your house. – Taleisha, Ryan & Eliot
On the 8th of September, Friday, we heard a sound when we came inside the classroom. It was the sound of a puppy! We all rushed into the classroom to see. The puppy was a Shetland Sheepdog. Our teacher Mrs. Hall-Bowden had owned the puppy for only a week. Its name was Pàdraig. He is so adorable. We all wrote an information report about Shetland Sheepdogs, we summarised an information report that Mrs. Hall-Bowden wrote. We all had so much fun! -Mahrosh, Riley, Tenayah
On Friday morning Mrs H.B. brought her puppy in the class and it was so cute. He was so playful. We had a lot of fun playing with him his name was Pàdraig. Everyone was taking so many photos of him. His breed is Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) – Jake & Anmol
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
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,
During week 7 some of our students attended camp at Mt Evelyn Recreation Camp where they participated on lots of fun and exciting activities. The Non-Campers did not miss out on this fun either and did lots of fun activities back at school.
Slime and Outdoor Games
In the non-campers program we did some cool things like playing games outside and making slime. The slime was not any ordinary slime it was OBLECK. It was a mixture of cornflour and water. When you try and make a ball it becomes solid, when you let it go it turns into liquid.
For outside games we played dodgeball and poison ball. It was really fun and it also taught us to work as a team and cooperate.
Stella & Brahmleen
Pizza Muffins and PE
For the non-campers program we made pizza muffins. We could add any toppings that we liked that were available. There were mushrooms, capsicum, mozzarella, pineapple, ham, avocado, etc. When we took out first bite we were amazed by the scrumptious taste. We also did PE we had to do wall sits and make our own fitness circles. We leant that a fitness circle is a group of activities. It was super fun and we really enjoyed it.
Kashyap, Josh and Abeel
Spheros and Performing Arts
We used the Spheros and were asked to make a maze. Once we had made the maze we needed to write code to get the Spheros out of our mazes. During Performing Art we did KungFu dance as a warm up and we did Mime Relay. Mime relay is when two teams verse each othe. The first two people in each team get asked to act something out. When their guesses it correctly they receive a point. We also played Limbo. We had lots of fun.
Adriano, Salim and Ryan
Movie and Bloxels
We had a chance to use the Bloxels to make characters, we could work in partners or individually. Most people worked in partners. You could make any character that you wanted.
We watched a movie called Free Willy. It linked to survival because the boy was trying to help the whale survive. We found it emotional. We did have popcorn but unfortunately we did not have any toppings on it!
Flying Fox and Hut Building
Some of the activities that campers participated in were hut building and the flying fox. Hut building is where you had sticks around you and the challenge was you needed to build a hut where you could all fit.
When doing the flying fox we first got harnessed up ready to safely climb up the platform where we were to take off. We were harnessed onto a rope and then jumped (or got pushed) off the platform. We zoomed down the cable till we reached the end.
Cayden & Eliot
Giant Swing and Movie Night
We had a go on the giant swing. It was 18 metres high. It was really cool and fun. Some people found it scary and others found it exciting. On the second night of camp we watched ‘Finding Nemo’. We brought down our sleeping bags and pillow, some of us fell asleep.
Tenayah, Ayan and Taleisha
Talent Show and Archery
For the talent show a group of boys (including Jake) were sleeping bag worms. Riley and Taleisha got up in front of the whole camping group and each sang a song. This took great courage! As we looked around the room we began to feel like movie stars. So many students and teachers had cameras out recording us.
For archery a lot of us thought that it was going to be easy, but when we actually had a go it was challenging. Some people were accurate enough to get a bullseye and others missed it completely! It was good to see everyone having a go.
Ava, Riley and Jake
Kaos and Our Duty Groups
Kaos is an activity where you and your partner read a map to find letters which make a sentence. For both red and green groups the sentence read ‘By the big tyre’. It was lots of fun. We had to stay connected with a wrist band (which were like handcuffs). It was challenging because the letters were well spread around the campsite. What made it harder was the whole place was very environmental (lots of trees and leaves around).
Each team had duties to do. The things you had to do were; before eating set up the cutlery, put out the drinks and cups. After everyone had eaten the group needed to clean up. This meant wiping the tables, vacuuming the floor and making sure all dishes were in the kitchen. Our parent helpers were amazing in the kitchen cleaning all of our dishes after every meal!
Circus Arts and Some Free Time
Circus Arts was when there was equipment spread around the room. We needed to use the different equipment to make a performance which tricks and circus skills. Some of the props we had were spinning bowls, Japanese Yo Yo’s, stretchy elastic, juggling sticks and balls and ribbons. We needed to improvise and perform in front of our groups to show which tricks we could do.
During free time we were able to do anything! There was a trolley full of equipment. Lots of us choose to play basketball and many of us showed how good we were at skipping and hula hoops (including the teachers).
This term in Spanish we focussed on learning about food and physical activity. First, we worked in groups on creating a short role-play about a particular meal: ‘desayuno’ (breakfast), ‘colación’ (snack), ‘almuerzo’ (lunch) or ‘cena’ (dinner). Each group chose food items eaten in each meal, and learned how to translate these items into Spanish online. We learned that while we can’t always trust Google Translate, it can be a very useful tool. After translating, we wrote scripts, using some English, our translated Spanish words, and two phrases we learned: ‘¡Tengo hambre!’ (I am hungry!) and ‘Voy a comer…’ (I am going to eat…).
When we had all presented our work, we moved on to learning some new vocabulary about sport. So many sports in Spanish look or sound just like they do in English! Rugby, Hockey, Fútbol, Boxeo, Atletismo… We enjoyed finding out some Spanish words about a sport of our choice.
Finally, we got curious! There are so many people living in each of the many countries where Spanish is spoken… what sports did they like? Did they invent any sports? Do they go to the Olympics?
After sharing what we were all wondering, we set about to find some answers. Did you know that Panama, a Spanish speaking country in Central America, has the third best Baseball team in the world? Fascinating!
Keep practising Spanish at home during term 3. One way you can practise is by using this website https://rockalingua.com/ We use this website often at school.
As a mid year reminder here is the app list for families:
Grade 3/4 camp is on from Wednesday May 31st until Friday June 2nd. For all children not attending the camp, they will be participating in the non campers program which will run during normal school hours.
All non campers will need to meet on the basketball courts on Wednesday morning to be divided into their groups for the activities for the three days. Students will stay in the same group and in the same room for the three days of the non campers program. There are great fun learning activities planned for the three days including cooking, science experiments, team building challenges, Sphero coding etc. Students who have iPads please bring them charged ready to use as usual.