Classifying beauty

5W students together brainstormed what they found to be beautiful in a ‘telling frame’ last week. This week we categorised everything that we found beautiful using Tony Buzan’s Mind Mapping technique.

Please ask your child to show you his or hers. They will all be available to see on Friday April 7th at our Student Led Conferences (information to come.)

2 excellent examples are posted here. Well done Luca and Oliver.

What was beautiful for you last week at or near Shoichi and Colleen’s house?

Please choose the ONE photo of yours that YOU really find beautiful. And ONE of Ms Pender’s photos. You can find Ms Pender’s photos HERE.


1. Edit your photos as you wish
2. Put your 2 photos on your Google Doc – see assignment on GC
3. Write a description and explanation about WHY you have chosen these 2 photos. Write under each photo.
4. Make sure your Google Doc with the photos is SHARED so that ‘anyone with the link can view’
5. ‘Bitly‘ your Google Doc link.
6. Add your Bitly link with a brief description of what it is to the class blog – in the comment box below (see Mr. Weekes comment for an example)
7. Add your Google Doc to Seesaw – again, write one sentence saying what it is you have done and why.

Parents – please see your child’s photos and explanation/description in the comment boxes below.

Thank you everyone.

11 categories of Art – what do I find beautiful

5W has been working with Mr. Reed and in class on appreciating beauty. Mr. Reed gave us 33 laminated cards which had 11 different categories of Art in them represented by 3 different cultures – for example an example of French, Moroccan and Japanese pottery. First of all we found the categories in groups. Then we discussed in our groups which of the examples we liked. Finally, as individuals we wrote down what we liked and why. Please see the students choices in the comment section below. You may wish to talk to your child about what they liked and why.

5W students – please make your document shareable with ‘anyone with the link’, Bitly it and post in the comment section below

Which of these Art works was most beautiful to me?

Which of these Art works was most beautiful to me?

Writing an essay to report on the history of Japan

Students in 5W read a wonderful illustrated book together in class, “An Illustrated History of Japan” – By Shigeo Nishimura, that describes Japan’s history with significant facts from the Ice Ages to modern day. We modeled how to take notes and each 5W student was allocated 3~5 pages. S/he was responsible for taking notes from those pages and sharing them. Then, mostly in groups, the students wrote up a section of Japan’s history and finally copied and pasted their group’s essay together. Please see the task template HERE

Below in the comments section you will be able to find your child’s final shared report. I am sure you will learn something about Japan that you did not know already. I did.

5W students – let’s add our reports (Bitly link please) to the comment box below on Monday 15th. Please share with your parents. Thank you.

Great ART session with Shoichi (and Colleen) Sakurai + Mr. Reed

A wonderful follow up visit with Shoichi Sakurai spending 45 minutes with us in 5W. Please ask your child about what s/he did and what will happen to follow this visit up in the next few weeks with Mr. Reed

Aesthetic expression can be influenced by a culture’s history and values – How we express ourselves

We started the week having a conversation about the following questions. We stood on 5B’s shoulders by looking at some of their ideas and thoughts as we talked. We brainstormed lots of ideas on A3 paper and then all students wrote their own ideas in the comments section below.

What is beauty?
Is beauty the same for everyone?
What does aesthetically pleasing mean?
What do you find beautiful in nature?
What do you find beautiful in the world that is not related to nature?
When something is ‘pleasing’ to the eye’, what words can you use to describe it?
When something is NOT ‘beautiful’ to the eye, what are some words you can use to describe it?

5W students – please copy the sentence starters from Mr. Weekes comment below and complete with your OWN idea and thoughts.

Thank you

Please bring ‘gomi’ items (‘rubbish’ from home such as from the list below)

Grade 5 – Unit 4 – How we express ourselves – Central idea: Aesthetic expression can be influenced by a culture’s history and values.

Please read your email regarding this.

Could each student PLEASE BRING 2 to 5 ITEMS TO 5W classroom BY WED. JAN. 20 please (We will look after them here in class)

NOTE: please do NOT bring newspaper, plastic bags, small bits of string / cloth / plastic or paper, etc.

The artists and Mr. Reed would like students to know that she or he will NOT be using the items she or he brings in – all items will be collected and redistributed amongst all of the Grade 5 students, by the artists, to make the project more interesting.

Shoichi & Colleen Sakurai’s suggestions for gomi/rubbish:
umbrella, tire tube, broken toys, bicycle tire, soroban (abacus), kaiko ami (silk worm net), geta, uchiwa (Japanese fan), keyboard,
yutanpo (hot water bottle), old book, vinyl bag/purse, chicken wire, camera, game cards, bubble wrap, grater, inner components of computer or any electronic device, pot scrubbers, owan (Japanese urushi soup cup) wooden shamoji (rice spoon), vintage folding yardstick, hasunomi (dried lotus pod), calculator, internet router, old wooden thread bobbins, broken printer, game controller, t-shirts, hat, muffler, board game pieces, slinky, boots, jeans, kimono – any broken appliance in your home that you would like to get rid of in fact.

Everett Kennedy Brown. Sankeien Gardens. Japan aesthetics

Mr. Brown talked to us yesterday and showed us his exhibition of special photos taken with his special camera using classic glass plate collodion photography methods dating back to Edo period Japan (150 years ago). We had lots of time to explore the park and look for the aesthetics that Mr. Brown talked about.

Below in the comments section, could you please answer the following questions.

  1. How would you describe “yohaku no bi?”
  2. What did Mr. Brown mean when he talked about the ‘in’ and ‘e?’
  3. What does ‘serendipity’ mean to you now?
  4. What did you like best about the park? Where did you find some of the aesthetics mentioned above?

Everett Kennedy Brown

Aikido Lesson today

All Grade 5 students had a 35 minute Aikido lesson with Paul Neuma Chief Instructor, Pacific Aikido Website: It was excellent and looked great fun! I took photos from the safety of the perimeter of the dojo! The students also got to understand a little of the ‘aesthetics’ of this martial art. There are no competitions in Aikido. There are no opponents – only partners. No points to be scored. But it teaches respect, balance, awareness, movement – and much more I’m sure.

The Founder Of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba, 1883 – 1969