Christmas is such a busy time of year at school and this year has been no exception.
We kicked off our celebrations with our annual FS and KS1 Christmas workshop. It was fabulous to see so many parents and carers coming to join in with us and get into the festive spirit. Thank you to everybody who came.
Next we were treated to a special performance of Aladdin after one of our brilliant Y6 children won a competition. We loved Aladdin!
Then it was time for us to put on a performance of our own in our nativity.
In the midst of all of the performances, we got busy with some Christmas crafts and activities. Our first job was to create a puppet and we used our sewing skills to sew the two pieces of materials together.
We love our finished designs, what do you think?
We set to work to make Christmas cards for our loved ones.
Our final activity was to create a calendar for 2020.
Before we broke up for the holidays, we had time for a Christmas party and disco!
A special visitor even had the time to pop into school and say hello!
We would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
See you back at school on Monday 6th January 2020.
We have been learning about the artist Kandinsky this half term and we loved looking at some of his work and we were inspired by it to create our own.
This piece of work by Kandinsky is called ‘Squares with Concentric Circles’ and was painted in 1913.
Here are our versions:
You might remember that a few weeks about we visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to see some of Henry Moore’s sculptures up close to have a go at sketching them.
Click here to see that post.
Can you remember the visit? Which was your favourite sculpture? What did we do whilst we were at the Sculpture Park? How did we get there?
Back in class, we decided that we wanted to make our our sculptures, inspired by those we have seen created by Henry Moore.
First we made pipe cleaner figures to make sure that we had sizes and shapes of our body parts in proportion and then sketched them onto paper before we got a little messy with the clay.
Next was the fun and messy part! We each had a block of clay that we turned into a human sculpture.
Here are some of the techniques we used…
bend, roll, stretch, twist, fix, rub, smooth, press, attach
We think that our sculptures look amazing and very life like! What do you think?
This week, we went on our first Y2 school trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park because we are learning about the artist Henry Moore.
Henry Moore was an English artist who was born in 1898 and he died in 1986, aged 98 years old. He is most famous for his abstract bronze sculptures, many of which live at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
As the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is quite far away from school, we had to get on a double decker coach to get there. We were so excited to be able to sit on the top deck. We were able to see lots of different places that we can’t normally see when we are down on the ground.
When we arrived, first we had our milk and snack sat down at the picnic tables, before we went and explored the park looking for the Henry Moore sculptures.
The weather was great so we were able to walk around the park in the sunshine, trying to spot the different Henry Moore sculptures. We took out sketch books with us so that when we found a sculpture, we could have a goo at trying to sketch it in our books.
After a while, it was lunchtime so we walked back to the picnic tables to eat our lunch.
Once we had finished our lunch, Miss Varley took us that we were going to be nature detectives and we had to go hunting for signs of Autumn. As we were hunting for signs of Autumn, we saw lots more modern sculptures dotted around the park.
Finally it was time for home. We all had a marvellous day and can’t wait to get back to school to make our own Henry Moore inspired sculptures.
Keep your eyes peeled on our blog to have a look at the sculptures that we create back at school, with our new inspiration from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
How to continue the learning at home:
- The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is free to visit – check out their website by clicking here.
- Research Henry Moore and his sculptures online or visit the library to check out a library book.
- Create your own sculpture from playdough or clay inspired by what you saw at the park.
- Go on an Autumn hunt – what can you find?
This half term we have been learning all about the seaside. We used a technique called collage to create our favourite seaside.
In Pearl class, we like to visit the seaside at Cleethorpes, Skegness and Bridlington.
Our favourite things to do at the seaside are: riding on the donkeys, building sandcastles on the beach, eating ice cream and paddling in the water.
Do you like our seaside collages?
Can you spot anything from your favourite seaside on there?
This half term we have been learning all about colour. We know that the primary colours are red, blue and yellow.
We used the primary colours to help us to make new colours. They are called secondary colours.
Red + Blue = Purple
Blue + Yellow = Green
Yellow + Red = Orange
We also found out that we can make other new colours
Red + Yellow + Blue = Brown
Red + White = Pink
Black + White = Grey
We can make lighter colours by adding white to them and darker colours by adding black to them.
One artist that we have looked at was Kandinsky. He was born in 1866 in Russia and originally trained to be a lawyer. Soon he realised that he didn’t want to be a lawyer anymore and wanted to be an artist.
He specialises in a form of art called Abstract art. This is when art is more focused on form and colour rather than physical objects.
Here are some of his more famous abstract paintings.
How do they make you feel when you look at them?
What can you see?
What do they make you think of?
We decided that we would like to create our own piece of Kandinsky inspired art after we looked at the painting ‘Squares with Concentric Circles’.
We loved looking at all of the bright colours and how some of them contrasted with each other.
Have a look at what we created in class… What do you think?
One of the questions we had on our KWL grid was:
What do seeds look like?
We used magnifying glasses and microscopes to look at the seeds in more detail and then had a go at sketching them in our sketch books.
Another question we had was: How do plants grow?
We have set up some greenhouses that stick to the window so that we can see how a seed germinates and we found that we had more questions that we wanted to ask. We have learnt that plants need air, water and sunlight to grow.
We planted different seeds to see if they all germinated in the same way. We planted sweetcorn, peas, tomatoes, pumpkins and carrots. Come back in a few weeks to see what we have found out.