We are artists!
This afternoon, we created our final print as part of our art topic. We had already created a background using tissue paper. We only used primary colours and overlaid the pieces to create different shapes as well as different colours. Inspired by Castle and Sun by Paul Klee, we created a design for our polystyrene sheets and then drew the design carefully on.
Today we rolled out our ink and precisely rolled the ink onto our polystyrene design. Then we pressed the design down onto our tissue paper background and rolled it flat with a dry roller. Finally, it was the moment to reveal what we had created. We were so happy with our final pieces, I think they all look amazing! I love the changes of colour, shape and pattern the children have made. Unfortunately, I was a little busy (and inky!) to capture photos of the process! However, I have included a photo of everybody’s final piece, they should all be very proud of themselves!
Help at home by talking to your child about their own piece of art and how they created it.
Autumn 2: Week 6
This week, we’ve had lots of fun getting into the Christmas spirit. We’ve been busy doing lots of chilli challenges in the areas of provision.
Santa’s elves enjoyed decorating the role-play area ready for Christmas.
We used our fine motor skills to make Christmas trees in the playdough area.
We used our segmenting skills to write letters to Santa.
We practised our cutting skills when making paper chains at the finger gym table.
We used our subitising skills in the maths area.
Phonics help at home
Your child should have a phase 2 tricky word mat in their bookbags. Please practise reading these at home over the Christmas holidays.
Next half term, we’ll be starting phase 3. In this phase, the children will continue to learn more digraphs (two letters making one sound) and they’ll be introduced to some trigraphs (three letters making one sound).
Don’t forget to attend our Phase 3 phonics stay and learn session on Tuesday 16 January.
This is an opportunity for you watch a phase 3 phonics lesson and see your child’s progress.
We’ve been reading the The Jolly Christmas Postman. We enjoyed looking at all the different things inside the envelopes. This morning, some of the children went to post their postcards. Make sure you look out for them in the post!
Click here to watch this week’s poem.
For our final gymnastic session, we decided to practise our jumping skills.
Next half-term, PE will be on a Tuesday. Please make sure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit suitable for outdoor PE.
Christmas events happening next week…
Reception, Y1 & Y2 will present their Christmas production, ‘Lights Camel Action’.
There will be two performances:
Tuesday 19 December – 2.15pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 20 December – 2.15pm – 3.00pm
Friday 22 December – Non-uniform day and Christmas party
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to the learning journey drop in sessions. We hope you enjoyed looking through your child’s books. We are super proud of the progress the children have made this half-term. Keep up the good learning, Reception!
Today, we had an even more exciting PE lesson than normal!
As we’ve been gymnasts, we’ve been practising skills such as balance, movement and control – including when mounting and dismounting apparatus.
In this lesson, we put it all to the test by using the equipment shown below. At times, we had to see how high we could go (which was hard for Miss Wilson on the rope) or how we could travel across the bars from one side to the other.
As always, we were safe and worked fantastically as a team.
It was a lot of fun!
Help at home by discussing the ways we kept safe in today’s lesson.
Sketches, Sculptures & Maquettes
In Art, this week and last week, we have moved away from Art History and turned our attention to our own art projects.
We sketched a maquette which is the first stage in our sculpture process.
Next, we came together as a group to create a joint maquette which is the final stage of our planning process.
Help at home by discussing the visual and tactile elements of art that they’ve used in their maquette such as line, shape and composition.
Art, art and more art!
After many weeks of learning and discussing the artwork of Kandinsky and Napaltjarri, Year 3 have designed and begun creating sculptures that are inspired by them!
First, they sketched and drew rough designs of the shapes, colours and patterns that they wanted to use.
Then, they began cutting their shapes. As you can see, lots of the children have chosen to have a mix of shapes. Kandinsky is well known for his concentric circles so we have been inspired to use circles too.
The next step was then to start decorating these shapes using oil pastels, chalks and eventually, wax resist! Some have chosen warm colours, complementary or cool colours. Napaltjarri uses a lot of warm colours while Kandinsky uses complementary.
Some of us are ready to start slotting these shapes together to make our sculpture three-dimensional. Come back next week to see our final pieces…
Living and Learning: mental health
For the past three weeks, we have been focussing on mental health in our Living and Learning lessons. This week, we discussed how to identify worry and actions that a person can take if they feel worried.
Year 6 identified how our bodies might feel if they are worried: a strange feeling in someone’s stomach, chest, head or throat; a faster heartbeat; dry mouth; sweaty palms; fidgeting; or difficulty concentrating.
We then focussed on different things that can be done to help relieve the worry:
- taking deep breaths
- talking to friends or family
- reading a book
- mindfulness activities
- playing a sport
- writing it down
Last week, we discussed different self-care techniques surrounding grief, which is the name given to the feeling of pain when experiencing a loss. There can be lots of different types: a family member moving away, a breakdown in friendship, or loved one dying.
Similar to how worry can affect us, grief can impact us in a wide variety of ways.
We decided that one of the best self-care techniques was to talk to someone and explain what’s happening.
Help at home by discussing what else would be useful, immediately after and a longer time after experiencing a loss.
Guided Reading Week 5
Here are the target pages for this week’s guided reading. These need to be read by Friday 15th December.
Extra Time: end of book.
Flood and Fang: up to chapter 15/page 183.
Dirty Bertie: up to page 187.
Kensuke’s Kingdom: end of book.
If your child is in ‘The Boy and the Tiger’ group, they will have finished their guided reading book for this half term so can complete their reading record activity on a book of their choice.
Art – printing designs
We choose our favourite design to draw and mark on to printing tiles.
Autumn 2: Week 5
This week, we recapped all of the phase 2 phonemes. We also practiced reading words with ‘s’ at the end.
Help at home: Can your child read the following words?
ships, bags, cats, pots, cups, pins, digs
We’ve learnt all of the phase 2 tricky words. Tricky words can be challenging because we can’t sound them out – we just have to know them by sight.
Help at home: Have fun finding tricky words around your house.
How to play:
- Write the phase 2 tricky words on pieces on paper.
- Stick them up around your house.
- How many can you find? Don’t forget to read them!
- You could race someone at home.
Each week, we learn a new poem. We recite the poem each day. Click here to watch this week’s poem.
This week, we’ve been reading Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.
We drew a picture of our favourite part and retold the story using words and actions.
Click on the links below to watch some of us.
Next week, we’ll be learning all about what happens to our post when reading the story ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’. To enhance your child’s learning experience, we will be writing and then posting a postcard home.
If you would like your child’s postcard to be posted through the Royal Mail please provide a stamp in a named envelope by Thursday 14 December.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
This morning, we got to decorate the school Christmas tree in the hall. We had so much fun!
Don’t forget to attend a learning journey drop in next week! We look forward to sharing your child’s books.
Have a happy and healthy weekend.
Maths – 2-D shapes
This week in Maths we learnt all about 2-D shapes. We learnt the names and properties of simple 2-D shapes and different ways we can sort them. Mr McGriffiths tried to trick by turning the shapes around and making them bigger and smaller but we were not fooled. We know that if a shape has 3 sides and 3 corners then it must be a triangle!
We also drew round the shapes to make different pictures on paper. This shape work carried on in our art this week where we used tissue paper shapes to create a background for our prints. We are very excited to see how they will turn out!
Help at home by spotting 2-D shapes at home.