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Autumn Term 2020
This term our topic is Me and my friends. To begin our topic we talked about how special and unique each person is. We spoke about similarities and differences between our families, the things we enjoy to do and the way we look. The children were given the chance to look closely and the similarities and differences between their own and their friends faces. The children then used a pencil and a mirror to draw themselves.
As you can see we have lots of beautiful children in Reception class this year!
Also in Reception the children have been reading Here we are by Oliver Jeffers. We have been focusing on our location on the Earth and as a class we used Google Earth to find our school. We then talked about the area our school is in, then onto the city and country. After we talked about all the wonderful things you can do and see on Earth. The children were then given the opportunity to use different mediums to make parts of our world and solar system. Some children used printing, collage and ink as well as chalk wax crayons and paint. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this book and it has really spurred some fantastic conversations about why we are here and how we can help protect the world.
This term we have also been reading FunnyBones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The children learnt all about the different bones in the body and wrote the ones they could remember using their phonics knowledge. As FunnyBones is one of our spine books we have decorated both Reception Doors to celebrate our love of reading. The children had lots of fun creating the different characters using a variety of different materials. RT enjoyed using split pins to create the moving bones of the skeletons.
In Year 1 the children have been creating dino sliders. The children talked about their pervious experiences with paper and card and were able to think about the different materials they have used to connect them together. They planned their dino sliders and talked to their partners about each step. The children then selected their tools, explaining their choices, to cut, shape and join paper and card. As you can see the children really enjoyed this series of lessons and their dino sliders turned out wonderfully!
In Year 2 their topic is Muck, Mess and Mixtures. The children have studied the work of Jackson Pollock and have tried to emulate his work. They used different coloured paint to create Pollock's famous 'drip technique'. It was also called ‘action painting’, since he used the force of his whole body to paint, often in a frenetic dancing style. As you can see, I think the children had a fabulous time creating their own canvas'.
One of Year 3's topic this term is Blue Abyss. The children will learn about the human uses and physical features of the sea developing their knowledge of ocean layers, sea exploration, food chains, habitats and pollution. They used oil pastels to create and calk to create these striking pieces of work.
Spring Term 2020
This term the children had the chance to design and make their own sandwich bag. We have been learning about rhyme using our Spine Book 'Pass The Jam Jim'. The children then decided they would like to make their own jam sandwiches to eat on a picnic. We then posed the question 'how will we transport our sandwiches to our picnic destination?' They came up with lots of ideas including using plastic sandwich bags. This gave us the opportunity to talk about the use of plastics and how we need to reduce the waste that we are producing.
Have a look at how well the children have followed their designs to make their bags.
In RT the children had a visit from Big Bird. He asked the children if they could build him a nest to lay eggs in. The children were mesmerised by the bird and they set to work straight away! They used a mix of materials and used various joining tools to create their products. We talked about how to make each design better and when the Big Bird came to the classroom they could see what they could change to make it more comfortable for him.
In Year 1 as part of their 'Splendid Skies' topic the children learnt all about different materials.
During science lessons the children compared and grouped together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties. They then chose the best material to use to make an appealing sun catcher. All children designed, made and evaluated their sun catcher. Take a look at some of their wonderful designs.
Take a trip to the Year 1 classrooms to see how effective the children's sun catchers really are!
Year 2 have been learning all about Australia this term. They started by understanding how long ago the aboriginal people lived and about the beautiful paintings they made. The children looked at examples of aboriginal art and spoke about how they could have made these marks and what tools they could have used. They also talked about the colours of the artwork and why there wasn't purple or glow in the dark paints. The children then went on to have a go at different types of cross hatching, making symbols and dot painting. Their final piece was to incorporate the different techniques they have learnt about to design and make their own boomerang.
In Year One the children have been learning about Wassily Kandinsky. He was born in Russia on the 4th December 1866 and died on the 13th December 1944. Kandinsky was generally credited as the pioneer of abstract art.
Year 3's topic this term has been the Tribal Tails. As part of this topic the children have been learning Stonehenge.
Year 4 have been learning all about the Ancient Egyptians. They have learnt that amulets where used because the Egyptians believed they had magical powers of protection, healing and bringing good fortune. The children used Pointillism technique using cotton buds to complete their work. They have used their sketch books to draw gods and goddesses. The children then used oil pasted to add detail and colour to their work.
This term Year 5's topic has been Star Gazers. Every child made a surface of a planet of their choice.
They used pipettes, sponges, salt crystals and straws to create the different pattern and textures. The children used these tools with a combination of mediums, including water colours, acrylic paint and ink.
Also in Year 5 the children have been reading Varjak Paw. A book about kitten. The children have been looking closely at cats eyes. They have used their sketchbooks to draw their own cats eyes and label the key parts.
Year 5 have also been learning about the Tudors. As part of this the children looked at how the Tudor Rose was designed and why the rose has the colours red and white. They each made a rose using felt and embroidery thread. The completed the roses using blanket, running or over cast stitches.
Year 6 have read the book Archie's War. A book about a little boys experiences of WW1. The children have used water colour to create their sky and black card to create silhouettes of the London skyline. They also used chalk to create the search lights.
As part of their Frozen Kingdom topic the children have been read Shackleton's Journey and Northern Lights. They created their own displays of the Nothern Lights by using stencils they had created to represent the tree line and chalks to create the distinctive waves of colour.
The Creation Station
St Peter's are proud to host Emma from The Creation Station every Wednesday after school.
Create club gives our KS1 and KS2 children the chance to explore new materials, design and make lots of different pieces to take home.
Check out some of the creations we have made this term.
In KS2 the children have been looking at different artists in their topics 'Awesome Artists'. They used clay to recreate sculptures in the style of Antony Gormley who is a British sculptor who is famously know as the creator of the 'Angel of the North'. The children were given inspiration cards for some of his best known work. It was lovely to hear the children talk about the sculptures they had seen in real life and share their thoughts on his work with each other.
Check out some of the children's clay sculptures and the backgrounds they created for them.
The children have also created work based on Faith Ringgold painter, writer, mixed media sculptor and performance artist for New York. The children thought about places and things that were important to them and drew them in the center on their paper. They then used pieces of material to decorate the edges in Faith's famous technique.
Best of 2019
This term at St Peter's each year group has produced some art work linked to a spine book.
Take a look at our fantastic displays and try and guess which books we have been working on.
Nursery read The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children started by reading the story and looking in detail at the illustrations. They were then encouraged to try and retell the story using a story map they had made as a group. Using 2simple each child made a picture on the computer. They were able to choose their favourite part of the story and asked to talk about why they liked it so much. As a class the children also looked at different types of butterflies. They learnt about their beautiful patterns and the symmetry on each wing. The children were then able to make their own butterflies by printing.
Reception class have been looking at the work of Pat Hutchins. We started by looking at a range of her books including, The Doorbell Rang, Good-night Owl and Rosie's Walk. The children noticed that Pat predominantly uses 3 colours to illustrate her pictures with. The children also commented on the patterns that she uses to add detail to the characters. Each class chose their own 3 colours and used templates to recreate Pat's work. They used a range of mediums including, paint, ink, pencil crayon, oil pastel and sand. They added detail using black pens to recreate Pat's patterns and to make their own. We also used this text to help the children learn about prepositions. They used language to describe where Rosie and the fox were in each picture.
In Year 1 the children read Beegu by Alexis Deacon. A story of an alien whose spaceship crashed on to Earth. She spends her time trying to interact with 'Earth people' but she finds that it is only the little ones who are friendly. The children read the book a couple of pages at a time so they were given the opportunity to make predictions about what may happen next. They wrote diary entries, in role as Beegu, explaining their experiences and feelings whilst on exploring Earth. The children were also given the chance to look closely at the illustrations. They discussed that on some pages of the book there are no words and the illustrations tell part of the story.
In 1S the children made their own cityscape. They used different coloured paint to create the sky and pastels and wax crayons to draw the buildings. In 1C the children used the 2simple program on the computer to create their own spaceships. As a class they worked together using paint and sponges to create a sunset background. To make the buildings the children cut out black paper and used their fingerprints to make the windows.
Year 2 studied Gorilla by Anthony Browne. They started by looking closely at the illustrations and talking about how they enhanced the story. The children found that there were lots of secret messages and jokes hidden in the pictures and they really enjoyed trying to work out what they meant. During English lessons the children wrote a letter in role as Hannah. They were also given the chance to write their own version of the story. Each child chose their own animal and decided where the characters would go. Pizza Express and The Plough were popular destinations for their characters to visit. In their art lessons the children were able to choose their favourite illustration to recreate. They took lots of time adding detail to their sketches using lots of different techniques to create the gorilla's fur.
In Year 3 the children read Black Dog by Levi Pinfold. The children started by each having a picture from the story and making predictions about what they thought was happening. Once they had made their predictions the children read the book and focused on the vocabulary used. They were then given the opportunity to retell the story. In art lessons the children learnt about different grades of pencils and how to use them to create a desired effect. They were given an enlarged picture of the dog's eye peering through the window and the children had to study it carefully. Each child was able to recreate this illustration using a range of pencils and oil pastels. I'm sure you will agree that these drawings are very effective!
Year 4 looked at the work of Carol Ann Duffy and her story The Lost Happy Endings. This story is a fantastic and magical tale about what happens when, one night, a wicked witch steals the happy endings to bedtime stories. It is up to Jub, the keeper of the happy endings, to save the day and ensure sweet dreams everywhere in this lyrical story about storytelling. In English lessons the children had to write a newspaper report on the events of the story. They also wrote their own fairy tales and were given the choice to change the endings. The story is set in a forest and the children used lots of different mediums to recreate the illustrations. They used wax resist technique. This technique is centered around the idea that water and wax don’t mix. By first drawing the waxy crayon onto your paper, you are creating an area where the paint won’t go. The children used wax crayons to draw their trees and then used water colours to create the sky.
In Year 5 the children read Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The novel follows an orphan boy who, after the death of his uncle, lives by himself in the walls of a Paris train station, repairing the clocks. There are mysteries in Hugo's life which surround the death of his father and the damaged automaton that Hugo and his father have both tried to repair. This story has no words so in English lessons the children were asked to write in role as the author. During art lessons the children learnt how to cross hatch which is a technique used to ceate texture, value, and the illusion of form and light. They were able to choose their favourite sketch from the story and recreate it. Some children were also able to make masks for the automaton using pva glue and tissue paper.
The Lost Thing is a graphic novel by Shaun Tan about a boy finds a strange creature on a beach, and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to pay attention to. In English lessons the children in Year 6 discussed and analysed the main character. They then wrote in role as the boys teacher by writing a school report for him. In art lessons the children watched clips of Shaun Tan at work. They listened him to talk about where the ideas came from for the story and creating a story about 'belonging'. They also watched a video of Shuan talking about where his ideas came from to create The Lost Thing. He talked about how it is made up of lots of different everyday objects. The children were then able to work in pairs to design their own 2d representations of a lost thing. They then used mod rock and balloons to bring their designs to life.
For World Book Day Reception had to draw a picture of their favourite character from a story book. They then had to use this design to recreate their character using potatoes. Take a look at some our amazing potato characters and see if you can can spot some popular children's book characters.
Sketchbooks are a great way for us to record our progress in Key Stage Two and every child from Year 3 up to Year 6, has one. It’s not just a book – it is a space where children can freely express, create, develop and learn, often with limited guidance from the teacher. The sketchbook should be at the centre of their creativity. Have a look at some of our recent sketchbook work...
Year 6 have been doing some creative work designing and drawing their own creatures based on the book 'The Arrival' by Shuan Tan. The children have created their own fantasy creatures by amalgamating different animals. We especially like the 'cowliz'.