Monthly Archives: June 2016

Art week woodland adventures!

We started the day by reading a picture book called ‘The Flower’. From this we learnt about the different parts of a plant and their functions. We drew scientific diagrams of plants and labelled them!

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After watching a clip from The Lion King we discussed the different shades of green that can be found in a jungle. we then created our own green colour palettes and named the shades afterwards.

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We also painted our model flowers with bright acrylic paints.

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Next we did some pastel drawings of tropical flowers – similar to the ones that Rousseau had in his paintings!

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Finally, this afternoon, we ventured into the woodland area. Here we started by using the iPads to capture shots of the different shades found in our forest.

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Follonwing this, we found some quiet spots to do some detailed sketching! A very busy day!

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Tropical jungles

Today we finished off our jungle collages that are going to be put in the school gallery. First we had to cut out lots grass and stuck them onto the background. Then we added an animal and put grass In the foreground Later on we had to think of a title for our pieces of art. Adam exclaimed ” Mine is called a storm coming!”

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This afternoon we used model air to make some jungle flowers which we will paint tomorrow. Henri Rousseau used over sized, vibrant flowers in his jungle paintings!

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Also, all of us made animal masks and Harry explained ” I made a sloth!” These will be used as part of our art display on Friday!

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As well as this, we finished our Henri Rousseau posters. We had to include a heading, pictures and facts!

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Henri Rousseau

This afternoon we continued with our vibrant art week! We all spent some time with Helena, finishing our beautiful birds that will become a permanent art installation inside school. We could choose which colours our birds were…..I think you will agree they are all stunning! Look out for them dancing along the corridor very soon!

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As well as this we have carried on exploring Henri Rousseau’s jungle pictures. We have been experimenting with layering different textures and adding animals lurking in the foreground.

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We have also started out special piece of art that will be mounted and revealed at Woodborough Art Gallery in a couple of weeks time! They are all Rousseau inspired of course…

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Amazing artists!

First thing this morning, we had an astounding assembly about artists. After this, we stayed in the hall and did some art with Helena Harris -a local artist. Helena told us that whatever inspires you can be turned into artwork. Helena saw a magical murmeration of starlings at Woodborough Garden Centre and this inspired her. We are all going to make a tin foil bird to put along the corridor so they look as though they are dancing.

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This afternoon, we started our work on Henri Rousseau. Everyone shared their art homework – there were lots of interesting facts. We used these facts to start a poster on the laptops. In addition to this we have also started our jungle themed pieces of art in the style of Rousseau.

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Word problems and tennis skills

In maths, we continued to work on maths problems. We had a problem today which was based on the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. We spent the first part of the lesson reading the problem, picking out the key facts and acting it out so that we could decide what method to use. We then went back to our tables and used equipment to try and solve the problem. The problem was tricky but we all managed to find the answers!

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In PE this afternoon we continued to practice our tennis skills. today we learnt about speed, quick reactions and ball control. We practiced the skills without a racket so we could give each other hints and tips to help us when we used the rackets at the end of the lesson.

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This afternoon we spent our maths lesson solving a tricky maths problem. We used a variety of methods to solve the problem, including acting it out and using different mathematical equipment. Despite the fact that the problem was tricky it was great fun and a fantastic feeling once we had solved each question independently.

Year 2 Fundamentals Festival

On Monday morning our whole class went to a fundamentals festival at Avon Valley College. We were all a little bit nervous before we got there. However once we were split into groups and we knew we had to listen to the older children at each station we were fine. It was great fun trying out lots of different skills. Our favourite were the football shooting station and the frisbee throwing!

At the end we were all given certificates for taking part. As well as this, some children we given medals for politeness, great skills and for being energetic!

Here we are in action…

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Fun in the sun

This morning we spent our Maths lesson outdoors using our skitch app. We took photographs of items and we had to estimate their height in cm’s and m’s.

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This afternoon we also went outside for our PE lesson. We were learning about tennis and we practiced some key skills, such as ball control and aiming. We had a lovely day!

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wonderful woods and mysterious myths

This morning we read Greek myths and acted them out. We read ‘King Midas and his gold fingers’, ‘Pandora’s box’ and ‘Arion and the Dolphins’. We noticed that each myth had a message and they taught us something everytime. In the myth about King Midas it taught us that love was more important than money.

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After that we went to the woodland area where we played a game. We had to find animals hidden in the wood. We found out how they might survive in the wood, these included food, water and sunlight. “It was great fun!” Exclaimed Thomas.

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