23.2.23 - Arts Week - Dance
Art Week - Abstract Art
The focus during today’s Art session is to ‘paint without a paintbrush’. The children learnt that we don’t have to just use paintbrushes to create a painting. We can use all different kinds of objects - things we have around the house, things we find in nature, and our own hands.
Using this technique, the children learnt about Abstract Art. Abstract art is a non-lifelike portrayal of real-world objects, people and scenes that are usually difficult for other people to recognise. It portrays what an artist feels and thinks, rather than what he or she sees, and often expresses emotions and ideas. Just as we do not know other people’s thoughts, we do not always know what abstract art portrays but if you ask the artist, he or she can explain the painting to you.
We explored what actions were used in a variety of paintings, eg. tapping, dripping, scraping, dabbing, flicking, swiping, and spraying, and created a collaborative abstract painting as a class.
As part of our Artsmark journey, we have been discussing the artwork of Charlie Mackesy and have looked specifically his book 'The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse'.
During PSHE, we talked about the importance of believing in ourselves and how we should speak to ourselves with kindness and positivity.
Following on from this, the children designed their own quote and piece of artwork in the style of Charlie Mackesy which will be exhibited on Friday 3rd February!
Our Art in Action
During Art, we experimented with how we could add watercolour to our Charlie Mackesy designs.
The children tried spreading, flicking and even blowing the paints to achieve their desired effect!
Showcasing our Maths!
During our Maths lesson over the past week we have been exploring what happens to numbers when we multiply or divide them by 10 and 100. We have discussed the relationship between the numbers and looked at how we can apply this knowledge using a place value chart to a range of mathematical contexts.
The children have done such a fantastic job and their work is being proudly displayed on our school's maths board for the rest of our peers to see!
As In Science we have been looking at the different functions of teeth. For this lesson, the children had to examine the animal skulls carefully to determine what type of diet it had, based on the teeth they could see. They then had to justify their ideas before they were given animal pictures to match with the skulls. The children showed a great understanding of the different purposes of different teeth and loved becoming archaeologists/detectives to work out what information they knew!
Time to Debate
As part of our English work on 'Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx' we have begun exploring discussion texts. We started by holding our own debate arguing reasons for and against the question: 'Should Marcy follow her father to Egypt?'.
The children loved giving their point of view and providing evidence to support their ideas. They also enjoyed cross examining each others arguments!
Our visit to the Baptist Church
Year 4 travelled to the Baptist Church in Eynsham to find out more about the Church at Christmas time. The Reverend discussed many of the symbols (decorations) found within the church, including the Christmas tree with a star on top, advent candles and a cross. We discussed their decorative nature but also their significant connection to Christian beliefs about the birth of Jesus, who came to Earth as a child. We also explored the idea of Communion and how bread represents Jesus’ body and wine represents his blood. This was a good introduction to further work on symbolism where we discussed the Christian significance of other Christmas symbols as well as the commercial nature of others.
We had an amazing day as mighty Viking warriors! We learnt how to write in Viking runes and wrote each other messages to decipher. We explored and re enacted the events at Lindisfarne and got to freeze frame from the perspective of the monks and the Vikings. To show off our creativity we designed our own Viking shields and built a model long ship with the main features of: an animal's head, a sail, shields and a long narrow shape.
What an amazing trip! We had such a fun time dressing up and learning about the Viking way of life. We got to practice being a Viking warrior and even challenged the Anglo Saxon Jackdaws to a battle. In the end only one class could be victorious and I am proud to say it was the mighty Vikings who came out on top!
Have a look at some of the pictures to see what else we got up to!
We have been extremely busy since returning to school!
During our first week back, Mr Clack burst into our classroom and announced that something strange had been happening in the Marsh. It had been reported that the ground and trees were shaking and that we had being selected to investigate the scene! As we approached the Marsh, we noticed that the trees and leaves were calm; the ground was still. However, there was an unusual atmosphere. As we silently walked in through the opening, we created a circle and discussed how we were going to investigate. Our two classes were then split up and we carefully searched the wet ground, making thoughtful notes about our findings.
A slimy, blue, green, purple and pink egg A shiny, purple egg covered in hard, circular scales
A large, metal pipe A bag containing sand Burnt paper with a star on it Huge footprints Pieces of burnt wood (various sizes)
Following an exciting discussion, we deduced that a dragon had created a nesting place within the Marsh.