This week in Year 4, we have started our Geography unit learning all about Europe. We began by labelling our own map of Europe to show the oceans, seas, mountains and some countries. Then we played a mystery location game, following geographical clues to eliminate countries to find the mystery location.
All children were given a set of large cards showing an image and name of an event. Roman Invasion of Britain, Anglo Saxon Invasion, Viking raid on Lindisfarne, The Norman Conquest, The Armada, The Napoleonic Wars, The First World War, The Second World War, The Cold War were the events they had to place in chronological order. They were then asked if they could space their timeline so it shows the real distance between events. Fabulous Historians!
|We explored the artist Claudio Parentela and great discussions were had. Some questions that we shared opinions on were: What is his style? What do you like about it? What do you dislike about it? How is it different to other artists you have seen? We all had to complete a set of questions about Parentela artwork, including how it makes them feel and which their favourite and least favourite pieces are. What common themes can they spot? Using the style of Parentela all children created their own abstract/surreal portrait. We used pens, pencils, chalks and paint. The final task was to evaluate their own and others work and be a critical friend. Some amazing art was produced.|
Once all the pieces were completed, they were fitted together to create a picture of Nelson Mandela!
We used the style branded by Chuck Close to create a whole class piece of Art. Each member of the class was given a square of their own to decorate. White parts were coloured using light colours whilst the grey sections were decorated with dark colours. Once the pieces are completed and put together, it will create a mystery person. Watch this space to reveal who it is!
The Year 6 children spent some time last week designing positive pictures to send to five local residential care homes for the elderly. Included with the pictures is a well wishes card for the residents and staff with the following message from school: ‘The Year 6 children have designed positive pictures for you to enjoy at this time. We hope you all stay safe and send our well wishes. Enjoy the pictures- we hope they bring a smile. Take care.’
The children designed the pictures with a template of a vase and they were each encouraged to create a piece of artwork using the title ‘A vase of … ?’ We aimed for positive vocabulary, empowering messages and lots of colour.
To start our Science topic, the children were presented with numerous pictures of animals. They weren’t given any headings but were asked to group the pictures however they wanted. They needed to carefully observe each of the pictures to do this and we asked the children to describe how they grouped their animals and explain their reasoning for this.
As well as studying geography in lesson time, some of the children have moved on to carrying out extra challenges to find out more about the subject. These year 4 children are working together using atlases and a map of the world’s tectonic plates to investigate where they think most volcanoes and earthquakes occur and why.