As part of our arts festival, we created some art inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'. We decided to create a 3D piece of art. We used our colour mixing and blending skills to paint our sunflowers in various shades on paper plates. Next, we used our weaving skills to weave the centre of the sunflower. We then used our sculpting skills to make a coil and slip vase to put our flowers in. We think they look really effective, take a look!
Samba West at Symphony Hall Birmingham
Yesterday, we had the most incredible experience!
Early on Tuesday morning, we travelled to Birmingham ready to perform as part of the Samba West Band at Symphony Hall Birmingham. In this beautiful venue, we got to represent the school in front of a large live audience, including many different bands and schools.
We were so proud of ourselves and will never forget the day!
West Stow Anglo Saxon Village
To finish out learning about the Anglo Saxons, we took a trip to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village to see what life would really be like to live as an Anglo Saxon. We had great fun exploring the recreated Anglo Saxon Village and the museum.
As part of our work on the picture book 'Flotsam', we have created our own characters to go in the Flotsam scenes we made on Monday. We will use these as part of our Flotsam setting description.
In English, we have been studying the book, Flotsam. It is a picture book all about a boy finding an underwater camera and the pictures he finds on it. In the book, there are lots of underwater scenes that the camera has taken photos of. We have created our own Flotsam inspired underwater scenes to write about and describe this week.
Anglian water visit
As part of our learning about the water cycle and rivers, Anglian Water came to speak to us about the Anglian Water Cycle. We learnt lots of interesting things and had fun doing the activities.
This week we have been learning about time and so we went outside and make analogue times using our outdoor clocks. Can you tell what times we made?
Tin foil people shadows
In Science, we have been thinking about light and how shadows are formed. We created a person from tin foil and stood them in a pose. We then shone a light at our person the see what kind of shadow was created. We noticed that as we changed the distance from the light source the shape and size of the shadow changed.
The firework maker's daughter puppet shows
As part of our Science and DT learning, we created shadow puppet shows to tell the story of The Firework Maker's Daughter. We thought carefully about the types of materials we would use as we discovered that only opaque and translucent materials would make a shadow. We used black card as our opaque material for the main part of the puppets and added translucent coloured tissue paper or cellophane to add colour to our puppets.
Have a look at our beautiful Diwali lanterns.
With all the leaves falling off the trees at this time of year, we like to collect them to make compost. While we were collecting them, we had a little fun playing in them!
Today, Pudsey came to visit! We were very excited to see him!
3D shape hunt
We have been using our knowledge of 3d shapes to go hunting for 3d shapes around our school grounds. We were surprised by all the shapes we are surrounded by that we had never noticed before! Have a look at a selection of what we found.
Making 3d shapes
In Maths, we have been looking at the properties of 3d shapes and so we had lots of fun making 3d shapes out of spaghetti and marshmallows!
As part of our learning about Hinduism and Diwali, we have created our own Rangoli patterns outside using chalk. We then created a final design inside on paper ready to turn into wonderful work next week. Have a look at how we worked together to create our symmetrical designs!
The Firework Maker's Daughter
We have been reading The Firework Maker's daughter by Philip Pullman in English and in preparation to write our own story, we have been creating a natural storyboard of the main events.
As part of our learning about Hinduism and Diwali, we looked at how Hindu's worship the deities. We made shoebox shrines for Ganesh, including all of the vital components for Hindu prayer.
Today we have been learning about the 3 types of angles; acute angles, right angles and obtuse angles. We made right angle monsters and used them to help us find lots of different angles around the school grounds. Have a look at some of the angles we found in the Garden of Inspiration.
Take a look at our beautiful clay canopic jars! The Ancient Egyptians would have used these jars during the process of mummification so that the organs that would be needed in the afterlife could pass through with the dead.
Canopic jars in the mud factory
During our learning about the Ancient Egyptians, we learnt about mummification and the Egyptian's belief in the afterlife. As part of this process, organs were removed and preserved in canopic jars. We learnt about the 4 different God heads on the jars and designed our own. Before making our clay jars, we made a prototype out of mud in the mud factory. We had a lot of fun and developed out ideas at the same time!
We discovered an Ancient Egyptian dig site in our school grounds! We dug up lots of Egyptian artefacts and used our archaeological skills to decipher what we had found and what it might have been used for. This really helped us understand more about what life would have been like for an ancient Egyptian.
As part of our learning about Ancient Egypt, we travelled back in time with Howard Carter to discover Tutankhamun's tomb and research some of the artefacts he was buried with.
We have been using practical resources to help us understand place value and partitioning numbers.
Partitioning decimal numbers
We have been looking at place value in more detail and partitioning decimal numbers.