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This week in the classroom - Creativity, expression and collaboration through drama

23 October 2017

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Primary News

Lower Primary

Grade 1 - Bringing famous artworks to life with a NACIS twist
In art lessons, to coincide with Grade 1’s current topic ‘Who am I?', students have been researching and exploring the work of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. Over the past few weeks, students have been imitating Picasso’s unique painting style to create their own Picasso inspired self-portraits. The students have thoroughly enjoyed experimenting and taking risks with shape, line and colour and have had the opportunity to use a variety of artistic materials, while creating their wonderful self-portraits, including pastels, pencils and marker pens. This week the students are continuing to use pastels to add colour to their self-portraits, blending the colours to create fantastic effects.

Later, students will arrange the separate components of their portrait into a cubist style self-portrait using the knowledge they have acquired of Pablo Picasso. Students will then be given the opportunity to reflect on their self-portraits and compare their finished work to that of Picasso’s. 

Upper Primary

Grade 4 - Creativity, expression and collaboration through drama
Roald Dahl is one of the world’s best loved authors, with many of his books made into films and theatre productions. This week, Grade 4 have been exploring one of his greatest loved books – The BFG – through drama. With a very passionate group of students, the lessons have explored the major themes of the books. Last Monday, students explored dreams, creating weird and wonderful dramas by combining two different ideas. In the second session, Grade 4 considered that appearances can be deceiving – just like with the BFG himself! Often the lead character in Dahl’s work is a child who doesn’t fit in and, on Wednesday, Grade 4 students created dramas about an orphanage, focusing on empathy for the main character.

In the last lesson of the week, the students followed in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest directors: Stephen Spielberg; Tim Burton; and Sam Mendes. They took a small extract of the book and converted it into a script and then into a performance – really pushing their understanding of the story. Students were excited by the opportunity and worked exceptionally hard to create some wonderful scenes – all the while working with new vocabulary and developing their language and interpersonal skills.

Secondary News

Active physical learning in Grade 7
Over the past two weeks our Grade 7 girls have developed their knowledge of a new sport called ‘Handball’. Handball is a fascinating game played throughout five continents by over 180 countries and 19 million people all ages, worldwide. The focus for our girls is being ‘open-minded’ by exploring a brand new sport and concept. The girls have already developed their basic understanding of the game and its rules, alongside an appreciation of the basic technical aspects of the game. As the unit develops, the girls will be developing their decision making in regards to game situations.

The progress our Grade 7 girls have shown since the start of last year is outstanding, they have demonstrated excellent determination and commitment in their PE classes.
Grade 7 boys first unit of work is basketball with a key focus on our students being ‘thinkers’. The students have started the unit focusing on revisiting key technical aspects of the game, with a real focus on understanding the rules of the game. As the unit progresses, the students will be challenged to find ways to outwit opponents as well as working as a team to develop both attacking and defensive strategies.
We are eagerly awaiting our ‘House’ handball and basketball competitions and the introduction of the girls handball team over the coming months.
High School News

A focus on functions for Pre IB maths students
G10 students have recently been learning about ‘functions’ in their maths classes. By understanding that a function is a mathematical relation where each element of a given set is associated with an element of another set, students have developed their understanding of this definition further by working on composite as well as odd and even functions.

To illustrate how a composite function works, students were tasked with drawing a detailed depth-time graph displaying the results from injecting water into different containers. In order to make the results as accurate as possible, students videoed the process and then together investigated the relationship between the gradient of the curve and the cross section before writing up their conclusions.

Over the upcoming weeks, students will continue to create function curves with added complexity.

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