During our UOI we discovered that shapes are an integral part of the world around us. We noticed them on our class trip and we took photographs of the shapes we could spot around the school.
From this we created a comprehensive list of the shapes we knew and experimented with making shapes as well as using shapes to create different structures (such as buildings, landscapes etc.) using a range of materials including: paints, geo boards, peg boards, coloured paper, foam shapes, fabrics, iPads & more!
Siena has selected some independent shape drawing that she did during her free play as her best work because she has drawn all her favourite shapes!
"While recognizing the importance of knowledge, concepts and skills, these alone do not make an internationally minded person. It is vital that there is also focus on development of personal attributes towards people, towards the environment and towards learning, attitudes that contribute to well-being of the individual and of the group. By deciding that the attitudes need to be an essential part of the programme, the PYP is making a commitment to a values-laden curriculum." Making the PYP Happen
Caring students show empathy and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They understand that their actions can make a positive difference in the lives of others and the environment.
Siena is a caring class member who shows compassion for others. She prefers her friends and class mates to be happy at school and knows that she can comfort her friends by caring for them
Patterns are everywhere! We have been noticing & exploring patterns in our everyday lives as well as creating some patterns of our own. Here is Siena's best work. She chose it because she was able to draw the shape on the end (extending the pattern) and colour it too."
We have been reflecting on all of the experiences we have had as a part of our 'How We Organise Ourselves' unit. To prompt some discussion about how we move and why, Ms. Karla, Ms. Alison & Mr. Nathan created a play area full of fun equipment use. Students were able to play freely, then discussed how and why they were moving in different ways with a teacher. Here is Siena's movement conference:
At the beginning of our 'How the World Works' unit of inquiry we drew all of the different light sources that we could think of in our science journals.
Siena says "I like my light picture because I know where light comes from. I could say lots more now."
When completing a journal entry, Siena is beginning to label her pictures with the letters that represent the sounds she can hear in a word. Amazing work Siena!
We have reached the end of our unit: Who We Are is Shaped by the People Around Us. I asked the children to use 'Draw and Tell' on the ipads to show me the people that make them who they are and tell me how they influence them in their lives.