Grade 1- 'Who am I?'
The students in Grade 1 have been exploring the topic ‘Who am I?’. Last week the students looked closely at portraits and enjoyed using a range of media to create their own self-portraits. The students began by looking at different forms of portraits, they were surprised to find out that portraits could be found on money and sculptures. The children used iPads to hunt for different portraits found around the classroom and the Grade 1 corridor. The students were able to identify the different features of the portraits and then used this to create a range of different portraits of their own.
The students used mirrors and graphite pencils to carefully draw themselves. They used clay to mould the shape of their head and then used different tools to add finer detail. They experimented with the iPads to take different portrait photos, changing the angle, adding filters and changing their facial expressions. The students also experimented with different colours and shapes to create abstract picture of themselves. The students learned about the different features of a portrait, how to carefully add detail and how to use a range of different materials and techniques
Grade 8 - 'Facing Adversity'
Over the last two weeks, students in Grade 8 have been exploring the topic ‘Facing Adversity’ through the medium of informal debates. The affirmative party held the idea that a favourable environment is good for growth while the opposition insisted that adversity was conducive to growth. During each debate, students used a structured approach and newly acquired terminology to defend their point of view whilst respecting the views of the opposition. Through our lively and animated debates, students were not only able to acknowledge that happiness does not come easy, but develop their critical thinking skills and teamwork ability at the same time.