Artist Trading Cards

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Art, Collaboration | Posted on June 15, 2015

Earlier this year, Mrs Smith and 5/6CS in Tasmania invited us to create and swap Artist Trading Cards.

Upper Plenty Primary School and Montagu Bay Primary School students last completed this project back in 2013 and it was great to be working with Mrs Smith and her class again. Click HERE to see the 2013 Artist Trading Cards project.

Artist Trading Cards are a set of three small, original cards. Artist Trading Cards originate from Switzerland and many people believe M. Vänçi Stirnemann is the person responsible for making them popular today.  The cards can have any theme the artist desires and you can use paint, crayons, pencils or any other medium to make them.

Here are some of our Artist Trading Cards:

 

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Opening the parcel from Tasmania was very exciting. We lucky dipped a set of cards from the box. It was interesting to see all the wonderful cards and nature themes chosen by 5/6CS. We are not allowed to trade ‘Footy Cards’ at UPPS but we were allowed to trade our Artist Trading Cards!

 

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Jolly George, our visiting Global Pal, was very excited to join in the fun. He even got his own set of ATC!

 

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Jolly George couldn’t wait to take his cards out of their special card jacket

 

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One very happy dragon with his Artist Trading Cards

 

What would you draw on your Artist Trading Cards?

 

Have you ever traded cards with other people? Tell us about it!

 

 

High School Day

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Art, Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Special Event | Posted on December 8, 2014

There are nine more school days left before our Grade 5s become Grade 6s and our Grade 6s head off to other schools as Year 7s.

Last week we had our second ‘High School Day’ for the year.  We invited teachers from some of the secondary schools our Grade 6s will be going to in 2015. Five secondary school teachers, from three different schools, spent the day teaching us English, maths, science and art.  The day ran like a traditional day at secondary school.

 

We had to follow a lot of ‘High School’ rules. We were only allowed to go to our lockers at the start of the day, before recess, after recess, before lunch, after lunch and at home time. This meant we had to be organised and plan ahead. It seemed a bit funny taking our writing folders to art!

We have a healthy snack at 10am and 12:30pm. High School students only get to eat at recess and lunch time. Luckily, this was one rule we didn’t have to follow!

 

On the move - from first English to art

On the move – from first English to art

 

We learnt about art elements

We learnt about art elements

 

Our English class with Ms Barnes

Our English class with Ms Barnes

 

The fable we read in English with Mrs Coyle

The fable we read in English with Mrs Coyle

 

We learnt about acids and bases in Science

We learnt about acids and bases in Science

 

We worked out the mean, median and mode in Maths

We worked out the mean, median and mode of our heads in Maths

 

 

Today we completed some reflections about High School Day. Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther emailed us a High School Day feedback form using ePals. We had to complete it and send it back via email. Year 7s submit work electronically so it was perfect practise for us! You can read some of our reflections below.

 

 

Everyone enjoyed High School Day and it will make going to High School easier for us. We would like to thank Miss Perry, Ms Barnes, Mrs Coyle, Mr Devine and Mr Langdon for coming to Upper Plenty and teaching us. It was definitely the highlight of High School Day!

 

What is your favourite subject at school? Why?

 

Do you have any High School tips to share with us?

 

 

 

Giant Caterpillars, Candles & Spring

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Art, Collaboration | Posted on September 14, 2014

For much of this year, the students in 5/6 Team have been working with UPPS’s amazing art teacher, Mrs Lewis, to create giant lanterns. When combined, the lanterns formed giant caterpillars.

The following excerpt is from The City of Whittlesea’s website

For the past 3 years we have been engaging in a collaborative art project in the Whittlesea Township and surroundings areas, as part of a community recovery and readiness process. Each year, people from local areas parade together as a personal, public and collective ritual to welcome Spring, reflect on the effect of enforced change in our lives and look to the future together.

Earlier tonight the lanterns were the feature piece in the ‘Into the Light’ lantern parade. There were other schools at the parade as well. Lots of people carried lanterns of all shapes and sizes and lit up the local showgrounds in order to welcome Spring.

Congratulations to Mrs Lewis and all the 5/6 students who built the lanterns and a special thank you to those students who were able to attend the parade.  A job very well done!

 

What was your favourite part of the parade?

 

Have you ever been in a parade? Tell us about it!

 

If you made a lantern, what would it be like?

 

 

Students as Teachers

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Students as Teachers | Posted on February 16, 2014

Each Friday, teams of students take it in turns to teach the class something.  Lessons can be about anything but must teach the class a skill of some kind.  Instead of the normal weekly homework, the team of ‘Student Teachers’ fill out a lesson plan.  The lesson plan has a whole class focus, independent task and finishes with a reflection and summary – just like our other sessions!

This week was the first week our ‘Student Teachers’ ran a session.  The girls taught us how to make special cards.  In the whole class focus we revised why we write cards and brainstormed possible messages to put in them.  In the independent learning time we could make a card to anyone we chose.

 

The whole class focus

The whole class focus

 

Student teachers modelling the task

Student teachers modelling the task

 

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We wonder what we will learn next.  Will it be a new sporting skill?  Maybe it will be how to use a new website?  Or, another art based session?  Whatever it is, we can’t wait!

 

What would you teach us if you were the teacher?

 

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