Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Creating Gorgeous Korowai

Scroll down, really quickly, to the bottom of this post to see the first post about our trip to the art gallery.  Then come back and check this one out too.

Just like our beautiful mural, we're not sharing the final pictures of the korowai.  We want you to get a surprise when you see them at our fabulous art exhibition!

We used the legends we heard and acted out to inspire our fabulous korowai.  Here are photos of the first stages.

Josh put his learning about New Zealand's geography from last term to good use alongside today's legends. 

Charlotte acted the part of Maui's scary grandmother in the legend and this inspired her artwork.

Ms Little and Josh had a great discussion about the detail Josh had drawn on the face.

I wouldn't want to be in the path of Isaac's volcano. It looks very fiery and explosive!

This is the next stage in the process... shhh... don't tell anyone!!

Put Wednesday the 28th of November in your diaries now so you can come and see the gorgeous finished korowai at Bradford's Community Art Exhibition.

Ka kite ano

Trip to the art gallery

We had an AWESOME trip to the art gallery today.  We played a tune with some bells - can you guess what the song is?


We had a look at some artworks and found out about them.  John then told us some Maori legends and we even helped him by acting them out. 

Mrs Bennington is going to add some photos of the amazing art work we did with John in the classroom!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Art with Ange

This week we are working on a mural with artist, Ange Spears,  which is to go up on the end of Mr Graham's shed when it is finished.  The mural is showing our school values, Respect, Empathy, Awhina, Integrity and Kia Runga Rawa.

Our class mural is showing Kia Runga Rawa or Aiming high.

We had to think about something we want to be the very best in, or something we do at school which shows Kia Runga Rawa and then paint our picture of that thing onto a part of the mural.

We then had to put all the pieces of the mural together - we didn't show you the final picture - you have to wait and see it when it is up on the new shed!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Finding the Line of Symmetry

Wow, it's term FOUR already!

We've started learning about TRANSFORMATION.  We had a think about what that might mean.  Tom and Tigue mentioned the words moving and changing.  Deacon mentioned the Transformers and that they change into different things.  Well done guys.  Between you, you put your prior knowledge to great use to work out something new.  What a team!

The first stage is learning about symmetry.  This is when something is exactly the same on both sides of the line just as though there is a mirror on the line.

We looked at lots of different things and put them on the right chart.  You can see our charts hanging up in Room 4.  Mr Graham was putting up some new lines for displaying our learning in Room 4 so we looked at him to see if he was symmetrical.  Koby held the metre rule up to show the middle of Mr Graham and we looked carefully at each side of the line.  What do you think?

At first glance he does have a line of symmetry like most other people.  He has an eye, an ear, an arm and a leg on each side of the line.  BUT his left pocket has a black patch and the right pocket doesn't AND his right shirt sleeve is hanging down but his left shirt sleeve isn't.  Sorry Mr Graham, you are not symmetrical today.

Here are some photos of us exploring some pictures and letters to see if they have a line of symmetry.  Some things have more than one line of symmetry.  See if you can spot them.

Clocks look like they should be symmetrical but Tigue found out that some are not because the numbers are different on each side of the line.

Luke wasn't caught out by the tricky letter 'B'.  When he put the stick on the line, he found out that the lower curve is fatter than the upper curve.  Well done Luke.

Isaiah drew in the line on the bunch of balloons and discovered that they are slightly different on each side.

Steven looked very carefully on each side of his stick line to work out whether this image was symmetrical.

Koby carefully lined up the stick down the middle of the little letter 'i' and found out that it was symmetrical after all!

After we finished, we got together with a learning buddy to share the pictures we had chosen and showed the lines of symmetry if there were any.
Tom and Charlotte are sharing their learning.

We'll be learning more about lines of symmetry this coming Friday.  I wonder where we might see symmetrical patterns around school?

Ka kite ano

Room 4