Years 4, 5 and 6 were treated to a forensic investigation workshop last week in celebration of 'British Science Week'. We had a great time being forensic investigators who were tasked with solving a crime. We had to seal off the crime scene, gather evidence without contaminating it and explore different finger prints and DNA to work out who the suspect was. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed getting involved and solving the crime.
Year 6 have been creating some fantastic wire sculptures. The children have been exploring different wire tools and how they can manipulate the wire in different ways. Using the tools, the children have created flowers using the various types of wire. Next week we will begin constructing our wire sculptures of Darwin's finches.
Last term, year 6 looked at Anglo Saxon brooches and explored different patterns they could see. They created their own designs based around examples they looked at, also taking inspired from our focus artist Andy Goldsworthy. After creating their designs, the children used clay and clay tools to make their brooch. To add colour to their brooches, they used acrylic paint and focused on using small, accurate brushstrokes. Finally, we added a brooch catch onto the back so that they could be worn. They look fantastic, well done year 6!
Over the past couple of weeks, year 6 have been exploring the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We have been unpicking different pieces and exploring how Andy Goldsworthy makes his artwork. Due to Andy's work being created by natural materials, we have also been focusing on nature and our environment. Last week we practiced our observational sketching, looking at different natural materials such as leaves, sticks etc. This week we created our own Andy Goldsworthy pieces using natural materials we found in the school grounds. They look fantastic!
Year 6 have been looking at Stuart style buildings as part of their topic this term. We have been unpicking the features and comparing them to buildings we see today.
We then explored different clay techniques and put these into practice by creating the front view of a Stuart house. After letting them dry, we added paint to show the colours typical of the era.
Some children even challenged further themselves by painting a separate picture of a Stuart house in their sketchbooks.
Yesterday afternoon, some of the year 6 pupils worked with Sgt Mac to learn about parachutes and how they work. Following on from their work on navigation, the children looked at the principles of air resistance and uplift. Sgt Mac brought in a real parachute and the children explored how it worked.
On Monday, the year 5 and 6 children took part in Primary Workout. They were visited by four members of the local community who all had very different jobs. First of all, they had to ask them closed questions to work out what their job was. Then once they had guessed they could then ask further questions about their jobs. This helped the children to think about different career paths that they might want to take, and how they could apply their skills in many different ways.
Next half term our home learning will be a whole school challenge. To mark the launch of our fantastic board game cafe, our competition will be for children to create their very own board game. See below for more details.
We can't wait to see all the fantastic entries come "rolling" in. (Sorry for the awful pun)