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Creating and making with textiles

This term, we have been looking at using textiles as a medium for creativity. Using wool or natural fibres to create something wearable is an ancient art. Some of the best memories that I have, when growing up was of creating felt and dyeing fabrics. This was the inspiration for the project for my Creativity project.








After approaching our agricultural department for some raw alpaca fleece, the first step was to was this very dirty fleece. This was dirty, but a lot of fun!




After it had dried, we dyed the wool and then felted it. The felting process takes a lot of work, hot water and soap. It requires the wool to be placed into a tea towel after it was carded to get rid of the rest of the dirt. There was a lot of enthusiasm to have a go. Rubber gloves were essential to protect little hands! This took much longer than anticipated so we have used purchased felt to make our creations



The next step was to learn to sew using a needle and thread. To help this process in a safe way, we used a…
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Masking Tape Art- Does Art have an impact?

Can Art impact the way that we view issues and the world around us?
This was the question that was asked of Stage 3 for our final Unit of Visual art for the year. We looked at the above slideshow and discussed the images that we saw. Each picture represents an artists depiction of an issue ranging from pollution in our oceans to highlight gender equality. We discussed why the images were effective, with many students explaining that the images showed how this issue affects the world around us. They also made us more aware and were often more powerful ways to express the thoughts of the artist.

Making Our School a Better Place What would you do to help to make our school a better place? What issues are there, that need to be highlighted to help our school be a better place? 
These are the questions posed to Stage 3 to consider. They brainstormed ideas in their art diaries in response to the questions. They were then given the following design brief for the project:








We then looked at e…

Mondrian- using Shapes to represent the world around Us

Artists often use geometric shapes as a representation of the world that they see around them. This is often combined with primary and secondary colours to abstract more organic shapes and colours. Mondrian was an artist who took inspiration from Jazz music and the city around him. The lines and colours in this artwork entitled "Broadway Boogie- woogie" were his way of showing the syncopated beat in jazz music coupled with the grid pattern of a city.



To learn about this abstraction process, the students first completed Mondrian inspired cubes. The students were given the net of cube as a base for their artwork. They drew inspiration from Mondrian's  artworks which they replicated using paper collage, sticking lines and squares over the net. This lesson could also be used for Mathematics looking at 2D and 3D shapes together. The resulting cubes were 

Mondrian's artwork is a good example of abstraction, which is not using shapes to be representational of images or fig…

Farewell Year 6 2017

The night was cool...in more ways than one!
The Year 6 Farewell is always a lovely occasion. It is an opportunity to celebrate not only a great year but a time of learning and friendship that they have enjoyed in Primary School. The weather was rather inclement which meant that this year's Farewell had to be indoors, but it certainly didn't dampen any spirits.

All our students looked so grown up, in some beautiful dresses and hairstyles for our girls, while the boys seem to have grown overnight.

We had a brave few who ventured to sing Karaoke style to a range of songs. Who knew that they would know the words to Vanilla Ice's rendition of "Ice, Ice Baby"?

A very big thank you to the amazing staff at MACC who made the evening a success. A special mention goes to Miss Annabelle Pope, who made the delicious cupcakes for dessert. It was a memorable evening. Please enjoy some of the highlights from the evening.








What was the most memorable part of the Year Farewell?  Wh…

Bushfires!

Fire is one element that shapes the Australian environment to make it unique compared to other environments around the world. It can also have a devastating effect on communities, and is something that needs to be understood and managed.

A starting point for our project was gaining an understanding of what fire is and the elements that contribute to a fire burning. A fire needs three elements to burn effectively:



We then investigated the geographical processes that occur that occur to contribute to a Bushfire. A geographical process is a process that humans and physical forces combine to shape a particular environment. An example of this would be houses that are built very close to a forest.




The task was then to research about a bushfire that occurred in the Australian environment. The students needed to investigate the following questions:




The students created a presentation in Google Slides. Here are some great examples of the student's work:
















Upon reflection, the students produ…

Learning about the Earth: Types of Rock

Have you ever wondered the structure of the Earth? What is made up of? What are Geological Processes?

These are some of the questions that we have been looking at to learn about the Earth. To help build an understanding of this topic and to start finding some answers, we watched a video to introduce the topic. It explained that the Earth is made up of different types of rock. As an introduction to Geology and different types of rock.
 It is made up of different types of rock:

IgneousMetamorphicSedimentary  As part of our inquiry, we went for a walk around the school, looking for different types of rock. We brought them back to the classroom and looked at the rocks that we found. The students formed groups and discussed the similarities and differences. It made some interesting conversations about what the students noticed with the rocks that they had found. They then had to sort them into groups, coming up a variety of categories that they could be sorted into.  

The students then cre…

Year 6 Assembly and Words of Advice

The day is nearly here, that you will no longer be Primary students. The milestone has been reached and the signpost is pointing the way to a new path. It is pointing towards being a teenager- up and down emotions, pimples, part-time jobs, lots more study are all a part of where you are headed. Secondary school is on the horizon and a new path to journey down.

It can be daunting and nerve-wracking...and that’s just for your Mum and Dad!

What advice would I give to these budding young men and women of the future?

Cope with failure and learn from your mistakes: You will make them! They can be your greatest teachers if you let them. They teach resilience, persistence and the ability to never give up. They help shape your character and teach you to be a better person.
Like who you are: You are the most amazing and unique individual that God has created. He made you be you! Don’t let others define who you are, resist the temptation to try and be the popular one, or the sporty person or the……