Thick and Thin Questions
The Question Quadrant
In 4TV we have been learning all about questioning. Good readers ask questions before, during and after reading. This helps us to deepen our understanding and comprehension of texts. There are different types of questions that we can ask. Sometimes the answers are in the text, sometimes we need to use our prior knowledge and what's in the text to help us and other times we have to use our thinking skills.
Thick and Thin Questions
We have been exploring the difference between thick and thin questions. We have talked about why thick questions are better for research. Thick questions help us to deepen our understanding of "big ideas" and combine information from multiple sources.
The Question Quadrant
4TV have been using the Question Quadrant to help with questioning. The Question Quadrant is a powerful tool developed by philosopher Phil Cam. It is used to draw out and generate different types of questions. The Quadrant can be used to distinguish closed(thin) and open(thick) questions that relate specifically to the book or stimulus; or closed and open questions that lead us to wonder.
Each year students design their own bags for the Mother's Day gift stall. This year the students in 4TV designed their bags inspired by pop art. We had so much fun making these bags and final products looked amazing (even Miss V made hand prints for her mum!)
We hope that all the Mothers of 4TV had a wonderful day and were spoilt by your loved ones. You deserve it for all the hard work you do for your children.
As part of our Andy Warhol artist study, we have been exploring the different techniques of Pop Art. We designed our own version of Warhol's famous 'Campbell's Soup Can'. Students in 4TV brainstormed different soup flavours and used these as their inspiration to create their own soup can label. I wonder which soup you'd prefer?
Who is Andy Warhol?
Today we learnt all about the American artist Andy Warhol. He was famous for exploring popular culture through his art pieces. He was even nicknamed 'The Prince of Pop'!
Andy Warhol was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He showed off his talents as a young boy by drawing and painting. Warhol Studied commercial art at university and worked as an illustrator for some famous magazines in New York City once he graduated.
In the 1960's Warhol decided to paint popular items that were mass produced, such as his famous Coke Bottles and Campbell's Soup Cans. Warhol used a combination of paint and silk screening to create his pop art.
Over the coming weeks, 4TV are going to take part in art activities inspired by Andy Warhol and Pop Art Culture. We kicked started our artistic talents off today by colouring in popular items using bright, cool colours. We are really looking forward to creating more fantastic Pop Art pieces.
Today we celebrated Easter as a whole school on Top Yard by participating in an Easter Tableau. Each class role played an event of the Easter Story. 4TV's role was to act out Jesus meeting his Mother whilst carrying the cross on Good Friday. This was a sad moment as Jesus' mum was seeing her son in pain.
How do you feel when you see someone you love in pain? How do you feel when your mum holds you?
Jesus, we praise you, we thank you, we love you.
Welcome to 4TV's Class Blog
How exciting that we are starting our Class Blog off by celebrating St Patrick's Day. This special day is celebrated on March 17th each year in memory of the patron saint of Ireland. St Patrick lived a long time ago and he is recognised for bringing Christianity to the Irish people. Another belief is that St Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland.
St Patrick's day is celebrated all over the world. People celebrate by dancing, drinking and feasting on traditional Irish foods. In many cities around the world, people participate in street parades, usually wearing the colour green.
We also learned about the different symbols that are related to St Patrick and Ireland; the shamrock, rainbows, leprechauns, horseshoes and the colour green.
The shamrock is usually worn as a badge. The number three is Ireland’s magic number and the three petals that make up the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck. The three leaves also represent the Trinity in the Christian religion (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
The leprechaun is a small Irish fairy. They are supposed to be unfriendly little men who live alone in the forest, spending all of their time making shoes and guarding their treasures. If someone catches a leprechaun, he will be forced to tell where he hides all his pots of gold.
It is believed that a pot of gold is found at the end of a rainbow. 4TV made rainbow twirlers to celebrate St Patrick's Day. We wonder if any leprechauns will find the pot of gold at the end?