Yorkshire Sculpture Park

This week, we went on our first Y2 school trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park because we are learning about the artist Henry Moore.

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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. IMG_2946[1]

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?
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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

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?

Kandinsky Inspired Art

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.

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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’.

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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?

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.