How do the Headlights of a car turn on when turning the switch ?
In order to answer this question, students of 5th and 6th grade had to build a model of a car. They installed a circuit that would turn on the lightbulbs when turning a switch. All of them did a great job and produced a car with two headlights.
Friday, April 18, 2014
The Petite Section students are learning how to handle scissors properly and use them to cut. They started by cutting play dough "carrots" and "cakes" for our stuffed animals. They were very focused and very proud of the result!
In the discovering the world, the 2nd graders experimented on the passage of time. To measure it, they used a chronometer. The questions were: what can you draw in 1 minute, 3 minutes and 8 minutes.
The conclusion made by the students was that the quantity of details increases with time.
Students of Grade 5 and 6 enjoyed the first days of spring and did Science class outside. They are studying the different states of water and enjoyed experimenting with the last pieces of snow..
Inspired by photographs of a Roman mosaic floor from the archaeological site in Saint-Romain-en-Gal, we tried to work with salt dough and different grains to create mosaic illustrations for several famous Greek myths. We sprayed the finished work with clear varnish. Then we went to preschoolers' class (Grand Section) and made a presentation of our work, telling stories and showing pictures of Ancient Greek deities.
In art class we continued working with geometrical shapes. We discovered the suprematism of Malevich. We talked about the meaning of the unique style of this famous Russian painter. Suprematism was an art movement of one artist. We worked on reproducing Malevich's compositions in the form of collages. The goal was to master the use of a ruler, a square, and a compass to draw basic geometric forms. Students also advanced in expressing their observations. It is not an easy task to put things together when it comes to Malevich!
This year once again, students in grades 3, 4 and 5 participated in the Math competition “Rallye Maths”. The students had fun working together and were challenged by the Math Problems. They learned to discuss their answers and made sure to double-check their results before playing their jokers for extra points.
The 3rd graders studied the wonderful Histoire à Quatre Voix, by Anthony Browne. It tells the story of a promenade in a park, told by the 4 main characters: a mom and her son Charles and a dad and his daughter Réglisse. They go to the park with their dogs, Victoria and Albert. Through the different voices, we explored the characters' feelings and the impact of that promenade on their lives.
As a style exercise, the students chose either Albert or Victoria and had to retell the story from their perspective.
Anthony Browne's universe and illustrations are very colorful, charged with symbolism and references to famous artists. We hunted for those references and the students used some of the recurrent elements on the illustrations they made for their story.
You can see their work in the hallway. Enjoy!
Paul Klee, a Swedish painter, was well known for using mainly geometric forms with large blocks of color. In the beginning his parents encouraged the development of his musical skills, though in his teen years he decided to focus on becoming an artist. He studied extensively and wrote about color theory. In class we were inspired by his work "Le château et le Soleil". We advanced our knowledge of color theory by defining cool and warm colors on the color wheel. The assignment was to create a variation of Paul Klee's castle using cool or warm palette. Rulers and compasses were used as tools to trace geometric forms.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Vassily Kandinsky, a famous Russian abstractionist of the 20th century, was well known for linking the painting process to the one of orchestrating a musical composition. Inspired by his Improvisations and Compositions, we listened to an ex cert of Wagner's opera, "Lohengrin" and created our own visions of the music we heard.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
After observing a variety of art works in connection to the circus students had to do a guided research on-line in order to present a brief analysis of one of them. Then they had to create their own work of art, reflecting on experience with Marion and Farid, the performers who visited with "Le tour du cirque" and their personal knowledge of circus.