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  1. Happy Holidays!

    April 6, 2014 by khornby

    It is the beginning of school holidays – I would love to hear all about how the arts, music and drama can entertain your family.

    Some ideas may include….

    • Create a band using kitchen appliances (pots, pans, wooden spoons) and prepare a concert.
    • Dress up in clothes to create a character and put on a play.
    • Listen to music that is unfamiliar (Classical ABC is always good: FM 105.9) and draw a picture as you listen to the music. 
    • “Fun with paint” workshops at Dandenong Bunnings on Saturday 12th April (check their website to book and for upcoming activities)  
    • Create dances to songs, using ribbons or scarves to move with the music.
    • Sing songs that your family knows.
    • Create puppets using socks.
    • The Drum Theatre has some exciting performances on over the school holidays, including the Wizard of Oz and the Wiggles!
    • If heading into the city, there are usually free events at the Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, ACMI (a DreamWorks animation exhibition will be opening in school holidays) and Federation Square


    There are online sites as well that offer great music games and learning:


    +FREE Apps available for iphone, ipad, tablet and android include:



    • Sock Puppets
    • Fairy Tail Puppet Theatre
    • Little Red Riding Hood
    • Shadow Puppet (there are MANY more apps in relation to puppet plays and story creations!)



    • Shake music instruments
    • Drum Kit
    • Music Instruments!
    • Discover Musical Instruments
    • Garage Band
    • Baby Chords: Music Instruments
    • Music Match-Match Game (there are LOTS more!)


    Music Theory:

    • NoteWorks Free
    • Music Minds: Flashcards (the games depend on your child’s understanding and knowledge)



    • Piano Lesson PianoMan

    What activities do you like to do with your family that explores the arts, music and drama?

    Have you got any at-home activities, websites or apps that you could recommend or share to the Wooranna Community?

  2. Term 1 Assembly

    April 3, 2014 by khornby

    Congratulations to the Wooranna Park Community for a wonderful “Performing Arts” Assembly! The school was entertained by the first performance of the School Band, recorder groups, dance numbers, singing numbers, the School Choir (under the direction of Mrs Patel) and “make a space” presentations (under Mrs. Nugent). Congratulations to Tijana K (Grade 1) who won the Blog raffle! (everyone that has commented on the Performing Art Blog went into the raffle)

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  3. What have we learnt in Term 1?

    April 3, 2014 by khornby

    Performing Arts Term 1 2014

    The above link is to a movie that summarises all the wonderful learning and fun that the children at Wooranna Park have done through the first term of 2014. I hope you enjoy watching it with your family and friends. Term 2 is going to be a very busy term, with the production getting underway. Wishing you all safe holidays, see you all in Term 2!

    🙂 Miss Hornby

  4. Beginning our story telling

    March 28, 2014 by khornby

    Today in Grade 1 we discussed what stories need, inorder to make them interesting. We discussed characters, and interesting problem, and the setting. The Grade 1’s agreed that the setting is very important for stories. We had discussions about how the setting can be referred to as different things or displayed in different ways – the background, the set, a scene or the stage. We brainstormed lots of setting ideas – space, park, ocean, airport, city, castles, caves, jungles, farms, and so much more!! We created a setting using paper collage. Stay tuned to see what we are going to do with them!!












  5. Story telling

    March 26, 2014 by khornby

    Some of the prep children explored the story “Is your mother a goanna?” By Pamela Allen. After reading the story, they explored retelling it through acting.





  6. Groovin’ with Hip Hop

    March 26, 2014 by khornby

    The Grade 3’s have been learning a dance in the style of hip hop. It is an excellent activity for coordination and spatial awareness, as well as memory, rhythm, pattern, counting and processing. The dance is a bit tricky – they have been doing a great job however!

    My apologies for the upside and sideways movies – technology has proven not to get along with me today….!



  7. Performing Rhythms

    March 24, 2014 by khornby

    After composing 4-bars of rhythm, grade 5/6’s worked together in groups to perform their rhythms. It was up to their creativity to decide if they were playing the same rhythms, combining rhythms, or playing rhythms at the same time. Most groups did an excellent job of applying themselves to create a performance in the time they were given.





  8. Creating Backgrounds (setting)

    March 24, 2014 by khornby

    Today the prep student’s were exploring what settings are in stories. They discovered that settings could be a jungle, a beach, a sunset, tree house, under the sea, houses or volcanoes. After our discussion, they collaborated in small groups to create a background (the setting) for a story. They created their backgrounds using paper collage.











  9. Multi Age Day

    March 20, 2014 by khornby

    Today was Multi Age Day at Wooranna Park! The children explored various visual art sessions that explored techniques and approaches that can be applied to the creation of portraits. In the Performing Art space, student’s explored shading. We looked at different objects and observed the way that light changes the appearance of colour. To apply shading to our drawings, we looked at how we can use layers of colour (more layers = a darker colour) and how we can use different colours to give the impression of darker or lighter shading.










  10. Welcome to our Learning Community

    March 19, 2014 by khornby

    I hope that you have been enjoying seeing the learning that has been shared on the Performing Art blog. The children love reading comments on their learning made by families and friends of the Wooranna Park community.  Our blogs are a great way to share our learning with the rest of the world.  Last year the 2013 Grade 2’s had 1,786 readers from all over Australia as well as quite a few from across the globe including France, Hong Kong, London and America.  The previous year, the 2012 Grade 1 blog had 6,779 readers!  I am excited to see how many readers view our Performing Arts blog in 2014.

    Please comment on the student’s learning – your comments may be questions or statements. This assists prompting students about their learning and provides them with an authentic experience to read and respond to written text. Examples for comments made by friends and family are:

    • How were you using pattern to make music?
    • Well done Grade 2’s! It looks like you’re having fun.
    • Is playing the ukulele hard?


    Encouraging students to respond to posts and comments provides them with an authentic reading and writing experience. It also encourages them to reflect on their learning and themselves as learners.  Examples for student comments are:

    • Yesterday in Performing Arts I was playing the ukulele. I found it very hard to place my fingers on the strings. 
    • We have been exploring making bars of rhythm. There need to be 4 beats in the bar. Ways that I came up with to make a beat was 1 + 1 + 2, 2 + 2, 1 + 1/2 + 1/2 + 2. 


    All comments on the blogs are read and approved by a teacher before publishing to help ensure privacy standards are maintained. Enjoy conversations with your families about your child’s learning and have fun!

    Kristen Hornby, Performing Art Teacher 2014


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