Arts Week Blog

Last Monday saw the beginning of the 5th annual Kings’ Forest Arts Week. This year’s theme was The History of Art and it all tied in beautifully with our celebrations of ten years of Kings’ Forest Primary School. The week came to a creative crescendo on Friday with the first ever Kings’ Forest Arts Trail being held all over school. Thank you to everyone who came along to see the art and helped make it such a success.

 

 

Hare Class

In Hare Class, the children have been learning about emotions and how they affect us. They made some fantastic salt dough sculptures, practised their photography skills and made cardboard collages showing different feelings. Great work!

 

 

Year R

The youngest children in the school excelled themselves last week by showing their creative side. They researched the early 20th century art movement Fauvism, which features vivid images made up of bright, exaggerated colours. They created Matisse inspired mobiles and they showcased their newly found cutting skills on a wonderful number ten made out of cut outs of their hands!

 

Year 1

The reign of Queen Victoria is part of Year 1’s topic this term, so they studied the Victorian’s love of portraiture by having their photograph taken – no a smiling allowed! They then drew realistic illustrations of their friends’ pics. The whoile year group showed their amazing growth mindset while learning to draw oval shapes for their faces.

 

Year 2

In Year 2, they researched Vincent Van Gogh and painted their own fantastic versions of his famous piece Starry Night. The painting skills on show were really impressive and the children were rightly proud of what they produced. It goes to show what can be achieved with perseverance when learning new skills. Their number ten was also a masterpiece – covered in sunflowers in homage to Vincent.

 

Year 3

Bat and Deer class took their audience on a trip way back in time to Stone Age Britain. Their exploits included some beautiful cave paintings on cave walls that they had created using papier mache. They also painted some wonderful sunsets behind the silhouette of Stone Henge.

 

Year 4

Miss McCusker and Miss Spencer’s classes looked at the culture of the Australian Aborigines, whose art is the oldest to still be created in the same way now, dating back to 70,000 BC! The children sculpted some impressive spirit animals from clay, experimented with pointelism paintings and recited their very own Haiku poems on film.

 

Year 5

Stoat and Adder classes learned about Pop Art this week and how it revolutionized art in the 1950s and 1960s. They took their time to hone realistic line drawings of an everyday object that meant something to them. After several attempts which saw much improvement, these original pieces were used to create paintings and digital art inspired by Andy Warhol and drawings in the style of Brazilian contemporary pop artist Romero Britto.

 

Year 6

The oldest children in the school took a dip into the bizarre world of Salvador Dali and his fellow surrealists, whose artworks first graced galleries in the 1920s. The children studied the style before embarking on their own journey into the unusual, creating strong images with pencils and felt tips. Their 10th birthday piece featured a 3D model of a tree and a ‘melted clock’ in the style of Salvador himself.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who came to support the Arts Trail – it was a huge success and we hope you enjoyed seeing the children’s work on display in their own classrooms and answering the quiz questions as you went around the building. If you missed any of the class films, many of them are on the school website at: https://www.kingsforestschool.co.uk/kings-forest-tv/

 

Enjoy!

 

Mr. Ivanovich

 

 

 

 


Year 6 Blog

We are still studying Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in our ‘Endurance’ topic and have spent most of our writing lessons this term on producing a journey tale – we have sent our poor sailors into all kinds of testing circumstances. Next term we will try our hands at non-fiction writing with articles based on the expedition and using a range of formality to write diary entries from different members of Shackleton’s Endurance crew.

On the subject of ships, we are very much looking forward to our trip on The Matthew in Bristol harbour to celebrate all our hard work in this topic and to experience life on-board and the history of sailing adventure from Bristol.

 

 

This term we have started to earn our stamps for our reward trip at the end of SATs week. We need to collect 30 stamps in total: 10 from our reading homework, 10 from completing our maths and spelling homework and the final 10 are ‘WOW ME’ stamps where we have to do something outstanding – either work, behaviour or effort. We are showing that we can make consistent, excellent effort between now and when we take our SATs.

 

Next week is Arts Week where we will be studying the work of surrealist artists such as Dali, Magritte, Picasso and Miró. Our piece to celebrate Kings’ Forest’s 10 year anniversary will be based on Salvador Dali’s famous work ‘Persistence Of Memory’. Make sure you check out our work on the Arts Trail next week!

 

 

 

 


Term 3 excitement in Year 5

Year 5 had a brilliant bang day at the beginning of this term and the excitement for the topic has not stopped! After building our own mini rockets, learning the planets in Spanish and using pringles tubes to create our own constellations Year 5 were certainly keen to know more about space.

 

 

‘Possibilities are Endless’ topic is engaging Year 5 completely as they have completed some brilliant explanation texts about the moon and some VERY persuasive radio advertisements for humans to ‘Move to Mars’ using the amazing equipment we have within school.

During PSHE, we were fortunate enough to have NSPCC complete a workshop with both year 5 and 6. It was within the safe spaces of our classroom and children were able to learn about what NSPCC does, how they help children all over Britain and to know we have the trusted adults around us who can help. All the children were really respectful during the workshop – we were proud of you all.

 

 

Unfortunately, our stargazing live after school opportunity was cancelled (95% cloud cover isn’t very helpful for stargazing!), however it has been rescheduled – fingers crossed for the weather! To finish off the term Year 5 have been working extremely hard on their handwriting, presentation and are completing beautiful pieces of work across their books. Keep it up!


Creativity in Year 4.

Who knew learning could be so creative? Well, Year 4 do! As well as being our usual genius selves we have been experimenting with our artistic talents (with the expert help of Mr Jeanes) in both Art and Maths.

We have been learning all about the artist M.C Escher and how he uses mathematical patterns in his artwork. Mr Jeanes has been teaching us how to draw realistic birds and fish to replicate the artwork of Escher. We have enjoyed perfecting our drawings so much, that soon we will be using our designs to create a printing block that will be used to construct our own tessellation pieces.  Not only have we been flaunting our artistic talents off in Art but it seems Escher has rubbed off on us, as we have been exploring the use of practical resources in Maths too!  Over the past couple of weeks we have been looking at shape and angles. In order to demonstrate our knowledge of angles we have made our very own acute, obtuse and right angles. It was so much fun testing our partners on the angle names! We can identify angles easily now. Go on, TEST US… we dare you!

 

 

 

 


Year 2 Bang Day

Last Thursday was Year 2’s ‘All Around the World Bang Day’. What a fantastic day we had!  Children were invited to bring in pictures and artefacts from different countries they have visited.  We had all sorts of wonderful items to share from different currency to special clothing and musical instruments.

We spent the morning in the hall where we watched part of The Riverdance as well as learning our own Irish dance.  Next the children all enjoyed listening to some Brazilian samba music before equipping themselves with the musical instruments and creating their own samba music. They all did a great job at listening to the rhythm and keeping to the correct beat of the music.  Finally in the hall we learnt to sing a call and response song called Toom-Bah-Lee-Ro which is an African song.  It was great to see everyone getting stuck in with all the activities and so many smiles on the children’s faces!

 

 

 

The afternoon was very exciting!  One activity was to make a pitta bread pizza.  Children chopped peppers in preparation and were able to select their favourite topping.  We hope they enjoyed eating them!  A particular favourite activity was tasting different foods from around the world.  All children had the opportunity to taste prawn crackers, poppadum’s, olives, chorizo, pomegranate, pain au chocolat, onion bhajis and vegetable samosas. Lots of children were very surprised to learn that they liked some of the foods they didn’t think they would!

 

 


Year 3 Bang day!

 

Happy New Year to all our readers!

First thing on the morning of our bang day, everybody came in excitedly and sat down with smiles on our faces, we were told what we were going to do during the morning.

We started by listening to the story of Ug, The Boy Genius of the Stone Age. He was an expert and he wanted soft trousers and not a hard bed.  Then we looked at a PowerPoint about how people lived in the Stone Age and went to build some houses outside on the windy field.

We had to build houses that were big and strong so that the wind couldn’t blow them over. We used stones, sticks, leaves, flowers and grass. We had the choice of building four different types of houses: a cave, a hut, a round house and a tepee. We built one in our groups of four or five, yet some of us built more than one! Some of us put the twigs into the mud using a stone like a hammer, just like the Stone Age people would have done. Unfortunately, after play time many of the houses needed rebuilding because the strong, bitterly cold wind had blown many of them down.

“It was hard because the wind kept on blowing it down.” Leo

“I found it easy because my team worked together.” Harvey

 

 

 

After lunchtime, our teachers told us we would be doing an activity about Stone Age cave paintings. We had to lie underneath the tables like we were in a cave and drew our pictures.

 

 

This was the best bang day ever!

Written by the children of Year 3 2018.

 

 


Winter in Reception!

We have a wonderful winter term in Reception so far. We worked so hard to put together our Nativity and we are so proud of our performances. We’ve achieved so much this term by working really hard in English and Maths. We also loved having our friends and family in for a Christmas morning.

 

By Oliver Carver  and Millie Thomas-Avent

 

Christmas Craft Fun!

 

Fox and Owl Class Nativity 2017


Year 6 blog – Read All About It!

 

Betty Bus!

This week year 6 were visited by the Betty Bus – a touring workshop (on a double-decker bus) which aims to promote understanding and empathy around the topic of periods.

We were very impressed by the mature way in which all the children took part in each session, the quality of the questions they asked and the understanding that they showed. More aspects of our SRE topic were taught during the week and will be revisited by the end of the year. The Betty Bus team emailed the school, praising the children for their excellent behaviour – thank you Year 6!

 

 

It has been wonderful to see so many of our year six children attending the extra learning sessions which have organised especially for them, including before and after school sessions where children have had the chance to further practise and hone their skills in maths and reading in preparation for the SATs in May. Those children who have been attending regularly have seen an impact in their confidence in lessons and are finding that they can move their learning on much more quickly – fantastic!

 

In two weeks, year 6 will be taking part in the annual carol concert at Clifton Cathedral, where we will join with other schools to celebrate Christmas and start to get in the festive mood!

 

In science the children have been exploring which makes a better battery – a lemon or a potato! They have had to apply their knowledge of simple electrical circuits and electrical current to analyse in order to reach a conclusion.

 

Well done Year 6 for all your superb hard work this term – your narrative writing was outstanding and your commitment to achieving your absolute best really showed in your final pieces. Keep up the hard work!

 


Year 5

 

Year 5 have been involved in many practical science experiments this term, involving dissolving sodium chloride (salt) and sucrose (sugar) and even dying t-shirts using blueberries, which was inspired by the Native Americans who we are studying! This has enabled us to further develop our scientific knowledge and understanding of conducting fair tests.
In our topic lessons, Year 5 have been focusing on blues music (including influence on modern day music from this time period) and David Hockney’s paintings and his use of colour and perspective. Our trip to the Watershed Cinema to watch the documentary Landfill Harmonic was truly inspirational. The children enjoyed learning about a Paraguayan orchestra who shot to international fame playing instruments made from recycled materials. They used this as the subject for fantastic discussions in their Oracy lesson this week.

 


Year 4 investigation work

What a busy term we’ve had so far! Alongside our everyday learning, we have been planning and carrying out different investigations within Maths and Science.

We have been using our Science topic of Sound to investigate changing the pitch and frequency of an instrument. After discovering what pitch was (how high or low a sound is) we made our own kazoos out of ordinary drinking straws! Did you know the shorter you cut your straw the higher the note produced? WE DO!

Not only have we been incredible scientists but amazing mathematicians as well. This week we have started looking at fractions and already we have been able to show equivalent fraction families using a fraction wall and … CHOCOLATE.  It was a super day of learning and a yummy, tasty treat.

 

 


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