Seeds… how do they grow?

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.

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FS and KS1 Christmas Workshop

Christmas is officially here!

This morning, we held our annual FS and KS1 Christmas Workshop across the classrooms.

As you can see, everyone has had a marvellous time.

We had over 50 parents and carers attend today so we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone for coming to make this such a successful event. We hope to see you next year.

We hope you are well and truly in the Christmas spirit!

Arcimboldo

In Art, we have started to learn about a new artist called Guiseppe Arcimboldo. He was born in Milan, Italy in 1527 and he died in 1593, aged 63. We worked out that he was alive almost 500 years ago.

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Arcimboldo was famous for creating portraits and images made from unusual things such as fruit and vegetables, flowers and animals. If you look carefully, you can see the different things that he had used to created the images.

We used some images of fruit and vegetables to create our own fruit and vegetables faces. Can you see which fruit and vegetables we have used for the different features?

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How to continue the learning at home:

  • Can you make your own fruit and vegetable inspired face?
  • Go to the supermarket and ask your child what different kinds of fruit and vegetables they can see and name?
  • Try and taste some fruit and vegetables your child may not have tried before. What do they taste like? Can your child use adjectives to describe the appearance and taste of them?
  • Use the internet to have a look at some of the other art work Arcimboldo created.
  • Draw your own fruit and vegetable inspired portrait. Remember to use the correct colour for each object.

Artist in Residence

Over the last 4 weeks, we have been working with our artists in residence called Soo and Charlie to create some fabulous sculptures, linked with our work on the artist Henry Moore.

We used a range of different objects to make imprints in the clay and then poured plastic of Paris over the top of it. We kept ourselves safe from the plaster dust by wearing aprons to protect our clothes and a mask and goggles to protect our faces.

We had to let it dry before we could decorate them in the afternoons.

We are sure that you’ll agree that we have made a super job of our project. Look out for them to be displayed shortly around school.

Keep checking back to our blog to have a look at the finished piece that will be displayed in school.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Today we visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and we had the best time. We are learning about the artist Henry Moore in our art sessions so we went to see some of his sculptures up close for some inspiration.

We got to travel there on a double decker bus. Do you think we were excited?

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The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is absolutely full of sculptures by lots of different artists and they were different shapes and sizes. We didn’t know where to look first.

Our first activity was to look at some sculptures, designed by the artist KAWS. Click here for more information about KAWS.

We talked about what we thought they were, what they were made from and how we thought they might be feeling. Each of these sculptures were made from different types of wood and made to last outdoors in all weathers.

We then split up into groups to use clay to see if we could try and make one of the sculptures as a group. We were able to work together to share ideas and think about the different shapes and lines that we could see. Even the adults got involved as well and we had lots of fun!

We think that clay sculptures look amazingly like the real thing! What do you think?

For our next activity, we saw a sculpture called ‘Dream City’ by Sir Anthony Caro. Click here for more information.

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From looking at the sculpture, we were able to use our imaginations to see lots of different shapes within the sculpture so we used some 2D shapes to help us to recreate what we saw.

After lunch, we had a short walk across to the other side of the park to find the Henry Moore sculptures.

Henry Moore was a British artist and sculptor who created these open air sculptures out of bronze. Click here for more information on Henry Moore.

We looked at the shapes, shadows and lines that we could see in each sculpture and then we had a go at sketching these.

We have had the best time today and we want to thank all of the adults who came with us and helped to make our day even more enjoyable.

Come back soon to see how our own sculptures turned out!

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Look at the shapes in objects and have a go at drawing them.
  • Use sketching techniques to add light and shadow to drawings.
  • Use plasticine or playdough to make your own Henry Moore inspired sculptures.
  • Visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at the weekend to see the sculptures.

Art in Pearl Class

This half term we are learning about the artist and sculptor Henry Moore.

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In a few weeks, we are going on a class trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to see some of his sculptures to help to inspire us to create some sculptures of our own.

Keep your eyes peeled out for the trip letter coming home soon!

In preparation for this, we decided that we need to practise our sketching techniques to help us to get things like size in proportion, adding on detail and shading with light and dark.

We had a selection of natural things to choose from and we really enjoyed ourselves. We think that we are blossoming into brilliant artists! What do you think?

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Research who Henry Moore is and why he is famous.
  • Have a go at sketching something that you have at home.
  • Try and sketch one of Henry Moore’s sculptures.

Arcimboldo inspired pizzas

We have been looking at the artist Arcimboldo in Y2. He is an artist who was alive over 400 years ago. He is famous for creating portraits of people but used fruit and vegetables for the different features of the face.

We have had lots of fun, using fruit and vegetables to create our own fruit and vegetable faces and we even made pizzas inspired by Arcimboldo.