Last year I visited the UK in June. The views were spectacular as farmers ploughed some fields and mowed and baled others, creating different colours in each. The photograph above was taken from Rockingham Castle looking North across the patchwork of fields. Our Grade 3 and 4 students looked at Google Maps bird’s eye views of the English countryside before using a variety of scrap fabrics to create such scenes. Roads, country lanes, villages, trees and hedges completed the collage which are now proudly displayed in our Art Room. I hope that our students will have the opportunity to visit England’s green and pleasant land in the future.
It’s a week since I posted these photos from my recent trip to Paris for my husband to run in the Paris Marathon. It’s the first time in the four years since I began the Blog that I didn’t write an accompanying paragraph. I posted in a hurry to show my Grade 5 and 6 students the Coat of Arms in the last photo. They liked the photos of Paris, knew the Tower’s name (Eiffel) but not the River’s (Seine) and marvelled at the detail in the Coat of Arms at Musee d’Orsay. I wonder whether students in general are being encouraged to read and write Blog Posts or whether the pressures put on both them and their teachers doesn’t allow time for such freedom. My feeling is that students and their teachers need to be given time and freedom to enjoy, experience and learn in a Global environment. Just how to do it remains the question?