Another example of the S.O.L.E. philosophy was in Visual and Creative Arts where some of our students participated in a sequence of S.O.L.E. art projects with Amy from the Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds. (photos on the right)
Many schools across the world are setting goals to enhance the curriculum with a focus on science & maths. The acronym “S.T.E.A.M.” is used to refer to the curriculum areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths.
Here at Belle Vue Park Primary School we are innovative and an example of this is our S.T.E.A.M. strategy which provide our students with a variety of fantastic learning opportunities across these areas.
Many of the activities are based on the S.O.L.E. philosophy where students learn together and have greater control, involvement and choice in their learning.
We have offered:
Part of the S.O.L.E. philosophy supports the notion of allowing students greater freedom and choice in their learning - in other words to trust the students.
An example of this was a partnership with Aberfeldie and Spotswood Primary schools to establish a S.O.L.E. connection where year 5 and 6 students met together to research and investigate what coding was. We ran S.O.L.E. inquiry sessions to gather our collective knowledge and the students selected a number of coding programs to investigate.
The students quickly established a rapport with each other and it was great to observe them mixing so well with the students from other schools learning with and from each other. Each school hosted visits and the students organised their groups. (Photos on the left show some of the students from these sessions).
S.O.L.E. Arts partnership with Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds
We went to the large gallery space upstairs. There were big tarps on the floor and we all were able to wear art smocks to keep us clean. It was another great session because we had to design and build a pendulum machine.
We used plastic cups, paint brushes, paint, sticks, tape, string and our imagination to create our machines and make our art pieces. We mixed our own paint colours.
Unfortunately Amy is moving to live and work in Hong Kong but we hope we can continue to do S.O.L.E. Art with the Incinerator Gallery in the future. It was fantastic.
By Natasha T. Iman M. Hanede S. Rabia J. Rayan R. Cuong S.
Teshani M. Zain E. Sulaiman H.
One of the many great session at the Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds began with the provocation … “Is science art?” and “How can pendulums be art?”
We did our research here at school and learned a lot about pendulums and how they have different patterns. Students then were challenged to plan and build their own pendulum machine.
At the gallery we talked about what we had found out about pendulums in our research and Amy showed us some pieces of art in the gallery.
"There was one piece that showed how light moves and how the earth rotates. There were other art pieces with moving parts like the eagle that had wings that you could move.
It was fun at the gallery because we joined in with the students from Aberfeldie Primary School to create our own art pieces based on pendulums."