Having fun with Art!
It is hard to believe we have been in Year One for nearly a term! We have been learning new routines, making new friends, trying new activities, accepting challenges and surprising ourselves with how independent and responsible we are!
Art and craft is an important part of life in Year One Blue. We love to cut, glue, draw, colour and create. It’s amazing what we can do with paper and a roll sticky tape! Our activities have allowed us to explore the art elements of colour, line and shape.
We have been talking about the concept of ‘identity’ this term. We loved working on our Identity Collages which are now proudly on display in our classroom. We created a portrait of ourself using a range of collage materials and water paint. Some of our final creations look very realistic!
After reading the big book ‘Shoo Fly’ by Jill Eggleton, we combined our art skills with our designs skills to create our own fly. We designed our fly first, followed our design to create our fly and are looking forward to sharing them with you soon! Our class was buzzing with excitement!
We have been talking about the importance of friendships in Religion. We have spoken about how we can be a good friend and how we can show love to others just as Jesus did. We have been busy creating a Friend Collage using loose parts. We have had so many creative ideas!
Benefits of Art
*Expression of feelings beyond words
*Development of fine motor skills
*Promoting creativity and encouraging use of imagination
*Encouraging problem solving
We can’t wait to show our families more at our Visual Open Night next term!
Life is good in Year One!
Earlier this year in Term One Mrs Cogger placed on the Purposeful Practice Grid a link to The ATOM photography competition with the theme of ‘turbulence’ for 2021. Several students entered and their photos are on display in Science.
Last week we were informed that Alicia and Emilia have been recognised as ‘finalists’ for their entries. We are very excited for the girls and congratulate them on their creativity on such a difficult theme.
You can view their entries using this link.
Emilia – A Clear View
Alicia – Brown Paper Bags; Colourful Stories and A Day at the Beach
We have had a busy start to the term learning more about Indigenous culture through dreamtime stories and artwork. We have gained a deeper understanding of how special the land is to our First Nations people.
Year One Gold looked at different types of Australian flora and fauna. We researched the plants and discovered that these plants are native to Australia and have a special meaning for our Indigenous people. We created art pieces of the Red Bottle Brush plants and the Yellow Wattle plants. The wattle plant is used as a symbol of the ‘spirit of the Australian people’. We had so much fun creating these art pieces.
Did you know….
- Boab trees are sometimes called ‘upside down trees’ because their branches look like roots.
- Boab trees have swollen trunks.
- Boab trees have nuts and you can eat them! They taste sour.
- Boab trees originated from Africa. We find Boab trees in the Kimberley.
Year One Blue enjoyed reading the dreamtime story The Echidna and the Shade Tree. We learnt some interesting facts about the Boab tree as well as creating our own mini Boab tree artworks.
James even brought in some Boab tree powder for us to have a look at! We learnt that the Indigenous mums would mix the Boab powder with water to make milk for their babies. We discovered that Boab powder smells very strong! We have loved spending time with our friends playing and learning at school!