This term in history we have been looking at transportation to Australia.
We have experienced a role play of the transporting to Australia on a boat, being huddled together and being fed limited amount of food. The children really engaged in the experience.
We have also explored the different cities of Australia and looked at aboriginal art. The students each chose the colours they wanted to use and had a stencil to help them with an aboriginal pattern. Using thier fingers they created beautiful pictures indepedently.
This week in Swan Class for Creative arts week we have been creating a mini-beast. As a class we chose a ladybird and have used many materials such as cardboard, newspaper, mod rock, paper mache and sensory materials to build the sculpture.
The pupils really enjoyed finding the materials, creating the mini-beast and are all proud of the outcome which will be displayed in the Create centre.
This term in art we have been exploring Animation, different forms of animation and how they are made.
The students have been working in pairs and have thought about and created their own animation storyboards. They worked together to make their background image and used objects (animals and people) to record their animation.
Swan class have all had a great first week back, getting involved in group discussions and playing well with each other. This term we are focusing on improving our reading, speaking and listening.
Swan class really enjoyed the run up to Christmas. We decorated the classroom with a Christmas tree , met Santa and each received a present and participated in the Key Stage 3 Carol Service.
Swan Class looked at the Caribbean and how the different islands celebrate Christmas. The pupils all contributed to creating the props for our carol service which involved jellyfish lanterns and carnival masks. It was a great success!
Key Stage 3 have been comparing school life in the Victorian times to now. They were all checked before they entered the classroom for clean hands and were instructed where to sit. There was no talking and each child had a black sheet of paper with chalk to work on. If anyone was silly then the Dunce hat was used in the corner of the classroom.
Key Stage 3 really enjoyed this session, they were able to understand the differences in comparison to today and a Victorian school.
Swan class have been exploring different materials and ways in which they are able to separate materials when they are mixed together. Swan class came up with the separation techniques of using water, a spoon, their hands or a sieve. They had lots of fun experimenting and working in small groups to find the best technique for each material.
They discovered water was a good technique when separating a material that floats to a material that sinks but found it wasn't always the best form.
Swan Class started the term with team games, working together in different activities. They had lots of fun and enjoyed playing with their peers in different classes too. It involved passing a balloon between their legs, over and under games and VI (Visual Impairment) games. The children wore blind-folds and had to work together to get around the classroom safely.