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 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 when things are difficult. We spoke about famous athletes who did not give up when they were unsuccessful. We thought about how they can inspire us to persevere and succeed in our final year of primary school. We worked as a team to solve team-building activities and thought about three life-skills: communication, leadership and collaboration.
In art this month, we have been using watercolours to create paintings of our class birds – the falcon and the hawk.
First, we learnt about the difference between shades, tones, tints and hues and practised changing the intensity of the hue by adding water to the paint. We then changed the shade of the hue by adding black. We learnt that when using watercolours, you should avoid using white paint and instead leave blank spaces to create light.
Next, we completed drawings of birds by first focusing on the shapes within them and then adding in detail later. We used our new skills to paint colourful pictures of our bird.
In writing, we wanted to create a picture in the reader’s mind; we achieved this by focusing on imagery – similes, metaphors and descriptive language. We looked at images of falcons and hawks and also videos from their perspective (bird’s eye view) and wrote poems.