This week, year 5 have been refining and developing their sketching skills. The children began using a technique called ‘echo drawing’, which encourages them to look closely at lines, dots and patterns.
A good sketch needs contrast between light and dark, foreground and background so the children practiced their shading and perspective skills.
Our topic has led us to discover how Bristol has changed overtime; one of these discoveries was the manufacturing of Bristol Blue Glass. Using the techniques learned the children drew a still life sketch of a glass arrangement. Our resulting artwork looks fabulous!
On Tuesday the 17th of March we walked to St Stephen’s Church. We have been learning about Christianity and the life of Jesus. We went to the church to explore Christian symbols and learn more about Jesus.
We met Reverend Julia and she explained that the cross is a very important symbol in the church. She then told us about the story of Easter and what it means to Christians. We were very interested to learn about the beliefs of others and loved the church.
Linking in with our topic of ‘Arthur – High King of Britain’, the children have been writing their own exciting ‘Conquering the Monster Tales’ featuring knights, princesses, wizards and monsters!
Upon completion of their stories, the children enjoyed sharing them with Squirrel Class.
Maths focus for the week has been pounds and pence. The children began learning to add and subtract given monetary values, before moving on to solve challenging word problems.
Much laughter filled the classroom at the end of the week with the “Funny Face Competition” (for ‘Comic Relief’), run by Year Three’s school councillor Harry Ford.
This term, in Reception, we have been exploring different superheroes. We have been reading Supertato, Super Kid, Super Worm and thinking about Bay Max the superhero in the new Big Hero 6 film. This week we made our own super hero masks, thinking about how to shape different materials to make our designs.
We also looked at the different super powers that animals have, for example: changing colour, echolocation, speed, smells. We have made our own observational drawing of some animals.
We also talked about the similarities and differences that we recognised between animals.
“They both have black stripes. This one has brown stripes and this one has white.”
Finally, twenty more children have also completed their scooter licenses this week. We had to ride in between cones, in a straight and zig zag line, stop on command and park our scooters.
As you can see, we have been really busy in Reception this week. We have had a lot of fun and are looking forward to learning lots more next week!
Over the last few weeks, the children have been writing formal science reports. We have investigated reversible and irreversible changes to substances, and whether substances are permeable or impermeable.
In addition, the children are now regularly sitting practice SATs tests in Reading, Maths and Grammar to ensure that they are fully prepared for the forthcoming SATs Tests in May.