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                  Music with The Africa Centre

 

This week in Maths, students have been learning about multiplication and division. In Year 8 the students have been learning to multiply and divide fractions using the correct formulae and are able to recognise their misconceptions. In Year 7, the students also have been focussing on multiplication, using different methods to solve calculations i.e. grid method, mentally (and making connections between calculations) as well as the formal written method.

Music lessons have been phenomenal since the beginning of the term. I know Mrs Segal and Miss Monk have been very impressed with all of the students and I have witnessed first-hand the musical talent the students in Borough Academy have to offer. The African Centre musicians came into our school on Tuesday to teach our students traditional Zimbabwe songs as well as a gumboot song – I have to say the students picked this up very quickly! These are not easy rhythms to learn and I know other schools spend weeks learning these pieces. The African Centre group also showed our students traditional Zimbabwe instruments and they were able to demonstrate how they are played.

In Art, the students have continued to investigate and experiment making different textile patterns using a variety of methods.

Year 7 are producing some exciting drawings as part of the ‘What is drawing?’ topic. By spending time trying out a range of styles and techniques we now understand that there are so many possibilities for drawing, and have a toolkit of skills to use in our work. This week we tackled contour drawings inspired by Ellsworth Kelly. 

 Year 8 have been working with our artist in residence Sean Roy Parker. Sean Roy works with salvaged materials and his work explores environmental issues. Every student participated in an eco dye workshop, making a fabric patch dyed with natural materials. Art club have been considering how we can display these in school and starting to transform the individual pieces into a collaborative textile artwork. Please follow the progress of this larger environmental project on our Instagram @habaartdept.

Music with The Africa Centre