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ISB Unit of Inquiry Planning Overview Pre School 2

Transdisciplinary Theme: How we Express Ourselves An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic. Title: Exploring the Arts Date: January – March 2010 Inquiry Into: Central Idea: We show our ideas and feelings by creating • How art takes many forms (visual and art in different ways. performing) • How art develops from the artist’s ideas and feelings Transdisciplinary Skills Communication: The children will be asked to explain the ideas behind their own artworks, reflect on and talk about other people’s art and present their favorite art to a group. They will begin to learn how to express themselves by choosing appropriate colors, subject matter, movements and sounds to show specific emotions e.g. happy, sad and angry. Thinking: The children will be introduced to specific facts, ideas and vocabulary about the arts. They will be guided in the process of turning ideas into artworks and be encouraged to solve problems that arise, e.g. what can we use as a prop for this? How can we make a clear plastic bottle green?

Self-Management: The children will learn to distinguish between behaviors that are Research: The children will be introduced appropriate to audience participation and to a variety of art forms that show a range of behaviors adapted to performance (e.g. loud and feelings, they will be asked to use different soft voices, listening, projecting, etc.); they will be encouraged to be ‘balanced’ by choosing a research materials (e.g. books, newspaper range art forms to practice over the course of the cuttings, objects and film clips) to find out unit. more about art forms, with reference to the culture the art comes from, e.g. Swiss Fasnacht masks. They will experiment with Social: The children will develop the art of compromise while working on projects together. a variety of materials and techniques, and make observations during field trips and They will be encouraged to show respect for performances. other people’s thoughts and ideas about art.

Integrated Activities • • • • • • • • Learning arts related vocabulary such as “sculpture”, “printing”, “rhythm”, “scenery”, “performance”, “audience”, “speed” and “volume” Creating visual art pieces to display in a formal exhibition, such as, clay tiles, canvas paintings, printmaking, cardboard sculpture, recycled sculpture, masks and costume. Creating and performing live drama, dance, puppet shows and circus acts for peers and parents. Field trips to an art gallery and clay studio. Watching and reflecting on a Grade 2 drama production at the Aesch campus. Taking part in a Fasnacht Parade Participating in a dance workshop Using mathematic language whilst constructing or reflecting on artworks, e.g. “3D”, “2D”, “long”, “heavy” etc.

ISB Unit of Inquiry Planning Overview Pre School 2
Learner Profile: Special attention will be given Assessment (ongoing) Some of the ways we will keep track of to becoming: how well the children are understanding the Unit of Inquiry include: . • Risk takers: being willing to experiment • Observing and noting what they with new materials and having the say and do courage to perform in front of an audience. • Collecting their drawings with • Communicators: developing a variety of annotations, to record the ideas behind them ways to express ideas and feelings • Photographing, filming and • Open mindedness: to accept that we all recording performance based work have different opinions about art, what it means and how it can make us feel. • Documenting their willingness to display and explain their art work or activity • Comparing the way they think and respond to ideas about the arts at the beginning of the unit with their reactions at the end. Links to Specialists Classes In music, the children will visit a local church near the school to participate in an organ workshop In German, the children will create drama and visual art using German language In PE, the children will develop and practice skills and movements in preparation for a circus performance for the parents. Notes to Parents: The children will be asked to bring in artwork from home to share with their class, if you have any other examples of art you would like to share with us, particularly from cultures outside of Europe, we would be very grateful. We would like to invite parents to the following PS2 events: Pre School Fasnacht Parade – Friday 12th February 14.00 (School Grounds) Pre School 2 Visual Art Exhibition – Monday 22nd March 8.45 (Main Foyer) Pre School 2 Circus Performance – Friday 26th March 10.30 (Reinach Gym)