We have been excitedly preparing for our assembly. We thought hard about the different ways we can show our learning. We also wanted the show to reflect the transdisplinary nature of PYP.
We decided to do a Haka, a war cry of the Maori people of New Zealand. War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements and occasions. We were lucky to have Todd Irving from New Zealand to be our special coach.
Chinese Dragon Dance
Some of us wanted to perform a Chinese Dragon Dance to explain that different cultures express festivities differently.
We decided to sing the Recycling Song and made our own maracas. Our Music teacher, Ms. Kanzawa taught us the song during Music class and taught us how to perform it with accompaniment.
In P.E class, we learned to choreographed dance steps to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. We thought about how we can incorporate acrobatic moves into the dance.
We learned about William Shakespeare and some of his famous play. We made links in our learning in literacy as we were learning about rhyming words and poetry. We decided to make a movie of one his famous play ‘Macbeth’. We learned how to act with expression and speak in old English.
We studied artists like Kusama and Tadanori and were inspired to create pieces in mixed media. We will be holding a mini art exhibition as part of our assembly.
A great thank you to all Ms.Kanzawa, Mr. Seifert, Todd Irving, our interns Nicholas, Miri and Jana for their help in the preparation of our assembly. You have been such a great part of our learning and we are happy to share our proud moments with you during the Assembly!