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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.
This term our topic in Reception has been Me and My Community. We have recently been on a community walk to see what kinds of buildings we can find and what types of shops make up our local community. In a class discussion the children expressed their excitement at creating their own miniature community. The children first decided what they would like to build based on what they had seen on our walk.
Then we taught the children how to use scissors correctly and supplied them with lots of opportunities in the continuous provision to practise this skill.
After we taught the children different joining techniques including using split pins, sellotape, masking tape, treasury tags and staplers.
The children then chose from a variety of boxes to create their building.
We will continue our project into next term when we start our topic 'Are we there yet?'. The children will decorate their buildings and make vehicles to add to our miniature community.
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 autumn 2 Year 1 started their 'Childhood' topic. They introduced the theme of portraiture and encouraged the children to name and locate facial features and describe their relative positions on the face. After initial observations, the children compared two pictures, identifying similarities and differences. They were then provided with a range of handheld or tabletop mirrors so they could explore their reflections and facial features. The children then drew a self-portrait using simple lines and shapes. After the children then used clay to create their face using different mediums.
In Year 1 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.
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'.
Also in Year 2, the children have been learning all about Australia. 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.
First the children had a go at creating different native Australian animals using pointillism. This is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. To create their desired colour the children also had a go at mixing paints.
The children also learnt about Audrey Napanangka who is an artist who lives in the Yuendumu Community in Australia. Audrey often paints bush tucker (food) Dreaming, which feature witchetty grubs, coconut, tomato, grape, and sweet potato. Some of Audrey’s artworks and designs have been transferred onto fabrics and she is one of only a few Warlpiri artists that use multi-coloured dotting in their bush tucker Dreaming artworks.
The children were able to look closely at Audrey's work and annotate what colours/ patterns they could see. They then used pencil crayons to have a go at copying some of her designs.
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.
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.
As part of Year 5's Stargazers topic the children have created galaxy pictures. First they practised different techniques using pastels and paints to create swirls and splats using their sketchbooks.
The children have also done some observational drawings of spacesuits.
In Year 6 the children have been looking at different styles of traditional African fabric. They looked in detail at the beautiful designs and thought about why certain colours were used. The children then created their own African inspired fabrics using different stitching techniques including, running stitch, cross stitch, back stitch and blanket stitch. They designed their fabric in their sketchbooks and were able to evaluate their finished piece.
The Creation Station
St Peter's are proud to host Emma from The Creation Station.
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.
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.