To start the year, we designed our class charter together. We looked at our three school rules – be ready; be safe; be respectful – and collaborated to decide how we would follow these rules in class and in different areas of the school. For example, we will always be respectful when others are talking: it is important to show that we are listening. We will always be ready with our equipment: it will prepare us for learning.
We also looked at the importance of preserving and having resilience when things are difficult – we are not going to give up. We discussed being a small community and working as a team as part of the larger school community.
We also looked at the meaning of the raven in Sikhism and learnt that we should be treating others with kindness and not to gossip about others.
In art, we learnt about different shading techniques such as hatching, cross-hatching, circles, stippling, choice, etc. We have been sketching our class bird and used our learnt skill to shade it. We also used watercolour paint. First, we learnt how to blend colours and then drew some ‘fun and cheeky’ ravens, which we painted by using our new skills.
In writing, learnt about a form of poetry called a ‘cento’. Then we used the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Raven’ and created our own new poems by using this form of poetry. We also created some mini fact files on ravens. We enjoyed watching videos about a raven called ‘Fable’ and he showed us how clever these birds really are.