In Term Four we have been making links to our CBL Big Idea “Environment”. We have created movements to match different animals with different music.Have explored rhythm paths using ti-ti, taa, and zaa and used these to create our own rhythm patterns and to play along with songs. We have used clapping sticks, xylophones and a variety of percussion instruments. We have also started to read and play music using boom whackers.
Wow, what a great night. It was so much fun interacting with the student’s and their families as they participated in a number of Performing Arts activities. Families were able to watch different classes performing on the TV’s, try a number of different drama and music activities, view our amazing talents and experiences on the many posters and create their own movie. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped on the night.
During this term students have been working on their “Curiosity’ in dance.
Each class began the term by creating a list of wonderings. In year 1/2 the students were interested in a variety of dance dancing and curious about how they can use their bodies to express emotions. We started the term off with a focus on Bush Dances, learning a dance called Emus and Kangaroos. This song involved us following a set routine and incorporating animal movements in the dance. Classes 1F, 1J and 1A performed the dance at assembly. We then moved onto how other animals move in dance and created a dance to the Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’ we had a focus on slow, strong and smooth movements while prentending to be an animal. At the end of each lesson we videoed our routine so we could track our progress and use a variety of self-reflection and feedback tools.
This term we have been focusing on drama and drama skills. These have included voice projection, creating a character, blocking (where we stand, enter and exit a stage) and production tasks such as sound engineer, backdrops, props and costumes. We have been working in small groups to create a play and add our own touches to it, before we film and share these with our Buddy Classes.
To prepare for our plays we have also been working on our teamwork and drama skills through warms ups such as “I am a…”, Mime relay and Time Machine were we work as a group to create a scene.
With the term fast ending, don’t forget to practise your lines which you can find on Showbie.
Thank you to all parents, guardians and students that have been viewing our Year 2 Blog. We really appreciate all the feedback and interactions that we have already had in regards to learning experiences within the classrooms. It is great to see numerous comments on posts and these are then shared within the classroom.
We highly encourage all family members to be involved in your child’s learning throughout the year. To do this we have a range of communication methods that you can access for each class. The wonderful and enthusiastic students contribute to these with their work, feedback and photos displaying the learning they have been involved in. We would love if you could access these and look through them as a family to discuss the learning experiences. These are updated regularly by each grade and specialist teachers.
We have been having a great time in performing arts this year. Our first priority was to create to be safe space and contribute to the ‘We Will” wall. We have made links to our big idea ‘Identity’ by role-playing different members of our families. We then wrote and acted out short plays about different things families do. This week we have been looking at dance. By using different Australian kids songs we have discussed what we like and how we could change them. We then made up our own verses to Peter Combe’s song Mr Clicky Cane.
This Tuesday we began with our Carnaval week at Aitken Creek. Students are watching dance performances and joining in dancing to various songs during lunch time.
Students are also getting ready for the dress up parade at lunch times (11:10am for blue group and 12:40pm for red group) at the courtyard (fake grass area) on Thursday April 21. Dress up on the day! The main performances on Thursday will take place during session 5 starting at 2:20pm at the gym. 2C, 2G and 2E will perform. Parents are welcome to attend!!
About the dress ups: Carnaval is a happy celebration about pretending to be someone or something else. Funny, colourful, happy costumes are encouraged. Be creative!
During term 1 we leant about how Carnaval is celebrated across the Spanish-speaking world and worked very hard preparing to celebrate it in term 2!
We are proud that we are working across different subjects to make sure our school looks fantastic and we have great performances to showcase what we have learnt.
During week 2 there will be a number of performances during lunch times and the special event in on Thursday April 21! The whole school will meet at the gym during session 5, and parents are welcome to attend too!
Students can dress up on Thursday for the fiesta and dress up parade. Bring happy colourful clothes or costumes!
Thanks to Sirin and Tanya from 5C for their wonderful artwork for the poster.
This term is so much fun!
We are using our words in Spanish to say how we feel about different events… for example, how we may feet at a fiesta!
¿Cómo estás? ¡Feliz! / How are you feeling? Happy!
In blue group in Performing Arts and in Spanish we are learning a traditional dance from the Andes in south American, and making chapchas (o chajchas), a traditional instrument of South American indigenous people normally made of goats’ toenails! but ours are nicer and we don’t hurt any animals.