A couple of weeks a go we were given a ball of clay to mould and shape into a pot. This week we planned our design to paint on our Greek pots. First we drew the pot and then coloured it in a yellow colour. After we drew patterns on the pot that we were going to put on the Greek pots. For our clay pots we all got an apron and a paint brush . Then we painted the pot in brown and used sharpie pens to draw the design on the pot. They look great. We now just need to put a glaze over our pots to make them waterproof and shiny. We will post photos of the finished pots soon.
The second term of Thursday’s Art Club has proven that even more of St John’s pupils have great artistic talent . So far we have created imaginative art using straws and feathers and last week we used marbling ink to create beautifully intricate marbled designs. We all found it really exciting waiting to see how each of our pieces would turn out! Make sure to ask those in your class who attend Art Club for any new ideas you can try for yourselves at home or in school with your teachers..
4T have been busy this term. Here are just some of the exciting things we have been up to so far:
World Book Day
World Book Day was a real highlight for 4T. We loved being able to write creatively and then share these stories with others. We also had a great time moving around the school completing a carousel of fun literacy activities. Our favourite was creating a comic strip of our everyday lives. The library hunt for Where’s Wally, also caused a great deal of excitement!
Why were the Romans so powerful?
As part of our Roman learning challenge, 4T have been presenting some fantastic home learning which has really impressed Miss Taylor. All of homework was outstanding but here are just some of the things that we shared:
Isobel made 24 shields for us all to create the tortoise formation used by the Roman army to protect themselves in battle. We found it hard to get the formation right quickly so we definitely need a bit more training to be a worthy competitor for the barbarians!
Charlotte split the class into two and made one side the Roman army and one side Boudicca’s Celtic. Boudicca’s tribe had to think of a way to pass the well trained Roman army. They are still planning their attack so this will take place at some point outside!
Lucy made a fantastic Roman baths model complete with lots of authentic details and interesting facts. It was definitely worth all her hard work over the half term break.
Bethany turned a Barbie doll into Boudicca which was a great idea and Maisie created an interactive dress up the Roman soldier activity!
4T have loved being scientists and engineers for the week and getting to investigate lots of questions.
On Monday afternoon, Mr Butcher came in and presented a Powerpoint all about his job. He is a civil engineer and designs bridges. He also brought in lots of building materials. We all had 15 minutes to build a bridge thinking about how to make it stronger. Before we started, Mr Butcher showed us some pictures of famous bridges. Then he showed us a model that he had already made, on wheels. We worked in groups of three and four. Not everyone finished their bridges although everyone’s stood up. At the end of the 15 minutes we all showed our bridges in our groups and they were all very good! (Written by Bethany-4T)
Other great STEM activities we tried:
Do all orange objects float?- This was a really interesting investigation with some surprising answers. Try seeing if an orange floats at home. Take off the orange peel and see if this makes a difference. We found out all about density in this investigation.
Raft building- 4T were given the task of creating a raft which would float and hold a 50g weight. Jessica and Kian’s raft was the most successful and we found that this was because it had a larger surface area for the water to push up against. We enjoyed learning all about buoyancy after our building time.
Zoo lab- 4T could not contain their excitement when all the creatures came to visit our class. We got to learn about, and hold, a wide variety of fascinating creatures such as Tango the Corn snake, a millipede, a domesticated rat, and a cockroach!
Designing a catapult- As part of STEM week and our learning about the Roman army and its weaponry, 4T designed and then built their very own catapults. The challenge was to see whose catapult could fire a marshmallow the furthest. The catapult had to be less than one metre tall and stand alone too. This challenge was harder than we had anticipated but two catapults met the challenge. They had used the elastic bands the most effectively to get the greatest tension and resulting force.
Microbes- Miss Taylor’s desk has been well and truly tested for hidden microbes. 4T took swabs of lots of objects in the classroom and placed these into petri dishes to see what hidden microorganisms are hiding all around us. We can’t wait to see the results after a few days. (Miss Taylor is getting the anti-bacterial spray out right about now!)
Year 5 have had an amazing start to this half term. First of all, we had Zoolab come and visit both classes. They brought with them a plethora of animals that we could hold (and some that we couldn’t!). These animals could be found in the rainforest, which is one of our topics for this half-term.
As well as that, we took part in world book day and had a wonderful time sharing books. We also did some fun activities based around our favourite books and authors.
We are also really proud of some of the art work that we have done in year five. Here are two pieces we are particularly proud of. One is the Tree of Knowledge which was created with chalk and watercolours. The second is a painting of the sea make only with finger painting techniques. We think they’re fantastic!
We can’t wait for Science week! Update you then.
On Wednesday, Class 2T really enjoyed safer internet day. We thought really carefully about the SMART rules and made our own collage SMART letters. We also made some posters to remind us how to be safe when using the internet. We had lots of fun going into the photo booth and taking pictures that were safe to use online.
This week in Art we have also been drawing fruits using charcoal, pastels and sketching pencils. We can’t wait to show our family at our Fabulous Finish reflection event next Wednesday.
3T had a fantastic day learning all about staying safe on the Internet. We talked about how to share photos safely, and how to make sure we are projecting positive images of ourselves. We had lots of fun dressing up in the photo booth and taking safe photos of each other.
In the afternoon, we created some very informative posters about how to stay safe online. We shared our posters and our learning with some of our parents too.
Today we have been doing some online safety and we’ve had lots of fun. We have been finding out about how to stay safe online. We looked at the SMART rules and talked about what they mean. We made a collage using newspaper to make the SMART letters and we went to the photo booth. Everyone enjoyed dressing up and having their photos taken. It was very exciting. Some of us also got to take different photos on the I-pads.
From 2B 🙂
Last week, 4T finished off presenting the fantastic homework that they made in the Christmas holidays, and Isobel showed us what you needed to wear if you were going to Antarctica. Miss Taylor was so impressed with all the effort we had put into our homework!
We also created a character description of a figure chosen from the painting, “A Sunday Afternoon” by Georges Pierre Seurat. They were all very descriptive and really pulled you in. 4T also made a descriptive setting for the very same picture!
On Monday morning we tried to finish of our amazing volcano books we were making. We had a lot of pages to finish off. We had to do:
Types of Volcanoes
How a Volcano Erupts
How to Make Different Chocolate Rocks
It took a very long time to make our books but eventually we all finished them. They are displayed in the classroom for us all to read. You can tell we have learnt a lot about Volcanoes.
On Wednesday we did some maths and made we did net 3D shapes out of paper it was a little tricky but we managed to make cubes, cuboids, cones and square based pyramids.
We have been creating films using stop-motion animation. To make our film we have had to take hundreds of pictures (frames) with the smallest possible movement in them. We have learnt that it is important to keep the camera stationary, and not to move any of the other props in the video whist manipulating our characters. The most effective videos, we have discovered, are the ones which are the most visually appealing and have the simplest storylines. We look forward to making a stop-motion cooking animation next time!