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Art – Paul Cezanne
In our Art topic this half term, we were learning about the life and work of Impressionist, Paul Cezanne. We found it really interesting to learn that his first paintings were all rejected from art galleries because people didn’t like them due to their dark colours and ‘flat’ appearance.
We first did some still life sketching, concentrating on looking at the shapes of the objects rather than the objects as a whole. We were really pleased with how effectively we managed to create textures and shading in our sketches. After that, we went outside and sketched trees and other landscape features so that we could create our own landscape paintings inspired by the work of Cezanne. We also experimented with mixing water-colours, creating our own colour wheels in readiness for creating our final pieces.
In Computing this half term, we have been learning about Coding. We have been working on Scratch projects which have allowed us to create our own games, control our own avatars and do all sorts of other very cool things!
In addition to this, we have been experimenting with a program called Lego WeDo. This application allows us to construct and code a Lego model so that it will move and follow the instructions you give it. We have to follow the construction steps to ensure the figure is built correctly and then we are shown how to code it to do different things. It’s great fun!
We have been enjoying doing some active learning in our English and RE topics this half term. In English, we worked in teams to collect lots of vocabulary which we then had to sort into different categories around the classroom – it involved lots of Post-It notes and plenty of energy!
In RE, we worked in pairs to collect information which had been scattered across the classroom and sort it into its correct categories. In this activity, we had to work collaboratively with our partners so it developed our team-working skills but it also challenged our short-term memories as we had to memorize the facts we had read and then feed them back to our partner who then had to write them down!
We all had a fantastic time at our Inspire Morning! The task was linked to our Geography topic all about UK Rivers and the Water Cycle – children had to design and create their own 3-dimensional model of the water cycle using whichever materials they chose.
We are so impressed with how they turned out!
Thank you to everyone who came to support their child.
End of Half-Term Quiz
We ended our half term with our first ever end-of-half-term quiz! We got ourselves into our colour teams and had to work together to answer questions relating to everything we learned over the half term. There were four rounds: History, Science, English and Maths. Mrs Parry made the questions quite challenging but we managed to remember a lot of the things we had learned.
Green team won this time, managing to get 30 points out of 40. We wonder who will win next half term?
Sketching in the style of Leonardo Da Vinci
Our art topic towards the end of half term focused on the work of Leonardo Da Vinci. We chose to focus on his work with sketching, in particular his sketches of flowers and plants. The first thing we did was to learn how to sketch properly and we used our skills to have a go at recreating one of Da Vinci’s pieces. They turned out brilliantly – here are some of them…
Burn 2 Learn
We thoroughly enjoyed our lesson with Alex from Burn 2 Learn! He taught us all sorts of games which can be incorporated into our everyday lessons to get us up and moving. We had lots of fun being active and learning at the same time.
On Monday, we became forensic scientists for the day! Our history topic for this half term is all about how crime and punishment has changed through the ages, from the time of the Romans right up to the present day. We learned about the modern methods of solving crimes so that we had a way of comparing and contrasting the different periods of history and the crimes and punishments in each one. We realised that it is a lot easier to determine is somebody is guilty of a crime in the present day than it was in the past because there are lots of high-tech, scientific methods available.
The first thing we did was to explore the crime scene, where we photographed, documented and collected all the evidence that had been left. After that, we learned how to take fingerprints and to identify their features (loops, whorls and arches) then we used this information to help us identify whose fingerprint we had found at the crime scene.
Our next job was to identify the white powder we had collected from the crime scene. We were able to do this by analysing four different powders and comparing their appearance, smell, texture and how they reacted to water, vinegar and iodine with the one from the crime scene.
Finally, we had to identify which pen had been used to write the notes left at the crime scene. We did this using a method called chromatography which is where ink is exposed to a solvent (water, in this case) and we observe how the colours separate.
We all had a fantastic day and learned lots about modern methods of solving crime!