Monday, January 30, 2017

Japanese Class

自分たちでアイデアを練ってJapanese Culture Dayの準備をしています。

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Grade 2: Expressing Ourselves

As we continue in our current theme, grade 2 has been exploring more ways we can express our emotions, thoughts and feelings. The class completed story planners and are now in the process of writing their own short stories. The class has shown a lot of enthusiasm and imagination in their writing so far. As they continue through the writing process, some students are on the final production stage and have been typing them up on the computer. I can't wait to see their final product!

As a class, we have been preparing a dance music video. The students have shown great co-operation when planning their dances. They have started to record their dance moves as they plan and practice the dance. Next week, we will start to record the dance sequences.

In preparation for the Art Exhibit next Friday, grade 2 has been busy putting some final touches on their snow drawings. They have created a multi-media art piece using a variety of tools and materials, and the effect of all these materials in combination is wonderful!

Grade 4: Week 19: How We Express Ourselves: Creating Belief Art

Grade 4 students are working hard thinking about beliefs and art.  They are now working on their summative tasks of creating any piece of art that represents a belief they have.  Some students are drawing with pastels, while others are doing animations and even attempting sculpture!  Next week is the art exhibition where they will be on display. 

Grade 5/6: Week 19: How We Express Ourselves

This week we went on our field trip to the Bunka Costume Museum.
Students were able to use resources at Bunka to research a piece of clothing and how it has changed over time.

We have also been working on our sculptures for the art exhibition. We are excited to present them at the Celebration of Learning next week!

Grade 3 How We Express Ourselves 1/27/2017 Term 2

We made an electric magnetic engine with a 100 yen kit from Daiso. The copper coil was very difficult to make and it involved sanding the end wires. We got consultation from an Electrical Engineer. The children taped everything down to a wooden block. We put on 3 magnets so that the engine would turn faster. The children fastened clothesline clips to the paperclips so that they would stay up. The engine ran on a (single) double AA battery. The children could see a connection with the magnetic forces that affect our world. 

We are learning how to edit our papers for grammar and spelling mistakes. The children have written a series of stories to express themselves in writing. This will help us with our writing skills to make a speech for our upcoming speech contest. 

Grade 3 made some posters to advertise and promote our 3rd Annual Speech Contest in February. 
Kindergarten collaborated with us and helped to make a poster since they will not be participating in the event as contestants. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


The arts are important areas of learning in the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Students will learn the disciplines of visual arts, music and drama, as well as learning about the arts (the skills and processes involved) and through the arts (artists, perspectives, themes and ideas using the arts). In all areas of learning, the PYP teacher values imagination, creativity and original thinking. This may be especially evident through the arts. The creative disciplines of visual arts, music and drama are closely connected to each other, as well as having strong links to other disciplines. The creative process is seen as a driving force in learning through inquiry

students explore, develop and express their ideas using visual arts. In elements of art and design, students consider the practical and theoretical aspects of art and design: line, shape, form, colour, texture and pattern as well as balance, emphasis, rhythm, unity, variety, repetition, proportion, tension, contrast and space. They also understand the importance of taking care of tools and materials and are aware of health and safety aspects associated with using a variety of tools and materials.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Japanese Class


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Grade One Week 18: How We express Ourselves

This week the Grade One students continued their inquiry into how people express themselves using signs and symbols. We looked at how artist used colors to express ideas and feeling. The students the worked with colors to express their own ideas and feelings.

This week in math we began working with numbers from 20 to 40. The Students worked in pairs to complete number bonds.

Practicing drawing circles, squares, and triangles in art

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday, January 20: Expression Through Art

In grade 2 this week, we continued our exploration of visual arts and dance. In pairs, students completed a "book walk". Each group looked through a book and found some interesting information to add to their charts. Then, students got to share with the class something they learned from their art book.

On Wednesday, we learned a little bit about Picasso and his style of painting called cubism. As a class, we looked at some paintings and brainstormed some elements of the artwork (such as color, shape, emotion, what the person in the painting may be feeling, and how we feel when we look at the painting). Then students got to create their own paintings! Most of the class chose to create a portrait, but some students decided to use cubism in a different way. They all show excellent creativity and personal expression!

Today we began our artwork for the upcoming art exhibition coming up in February. Since it was snowing today at recess, the class decided they wanted to create art based on snowy weather and how it makes them feel. Both groups got a great start to their drawings, it will be exciting to see the finished product soon!