This week the children had the opportunity to appreciate various forms of artistic expression.
In class, we have been reading the Newberry Medal winning novel, Flora & Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo. On Wednesday, we saw how the Players Theatre had interpreted this book.
The children immediately recognised set pieces and props that connected to what we had read and were fascinated by how the stage crew were able to move and transform the set.
They also enjoyed seeing the characters come to life although a few were able to spot some missing details (a mole!) when they compared them to the illustrations. We have also had some independent action back in class, fact-checking to see what was left out or changed in the production.
All the responses and comments really showed how well the children have been visualising the events in the story and developing inferential skills to help create rounded characters in their mind.
Later this week, we visited the ISS Festival of Arts where we were able to see many of the fantastic art-works created by Elementary students. Many insightful comments were overheard including: "these connect to habitats- this is a desert", "art allows you to express yourself" and "this must have been a lot of work to set up!" Ms. Hima was also really touched by the reaction when the class walked in and saw the exhibition for the first time.
We continued our independent inquiries and experiments with poetry. This week we worked in pairs to write rhyming couplets. Many of them used animals and habitats as inspiration and one fantastic example from Koshiro and Haruto was:
"If the sun gets too bright,
Then the coral will be white."
They incorporated rhyme, cause and effect sentences and the imbalance within the ocean's coral reef habitats that occurs due to temperature change!
Grade 2.1 are a class of 7 and 8 year old students who attend ISS International School in Singapore. We learn together and play together and enjoy sharing our discoveries with you.