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Whizzy Wednesday: Stop Motion and Green Screen

Wednesday, 25 January 2017



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!

Whizzy Wednesday Art

Sunday, 22 January 2017


Whizzy Wednesdays have allowed everyone at St John’s to nurture and develop their creative sides and in the Art club we have been doing just that!

In Week 1 we created our own snowflake stencils and then used acrylic paints to create some very attractive pattern work.

In Week 2 we focused on the art of Mondrian and were inspired to create similar artwork using blocks of primary colour. To get the straight edges Mondrian used, we placed masking tape down whilst painting. Once removed most of us were left with a series perfectly straight lines.

Have a look outside 4T’s classroom to see some of the art from Whizzy Wednesday and the Thursday Art Club. Why not try out some of the techniques for yourselves at home!






4T become product designers!

Sunday, 22 January 2017

This week we designed amazing new drinks and their containers. The drinks were many flavours and tastes with peculiar packaging of all different shapes and sizes. In English lessons we wrote persuasive letters to Coca Cola to persuade them to add our drinks to their range. Nearly all of us did a healthy drink with a label saying ‘No added sugar’. Most of the drinks we designed were made out of fruit. We all really hope we get a reply from Coca Cola and that our drinks make it into the stores!

Bethany- 4T

Class 2T

Monday, 16 January 2017

In Class 2T we have been learning all about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake. We received a letter from Tim Peake who asked us to help him get ready to go to space. We needed to make sure we had our boarding tickets and our passports so we made them specially. After that we boarded the rocket Wayzu and blasted off in to space. It was a very bumpy ride! When we got there we were all floating around. Luckily we completed the mission and landed back at school in time for home time. Since then we have learnt lots of facts about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and how they are famous for being astronauts. We can’t wait to find out more.

Abstract Expressionism meets Polictical Art

Monday, 16 January 2017

Inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock and Joshua Allen Harris, we have created some hybrid art mixing abstract expressionism with a political message. First, using pastels, we designed a ‘melting Earth’ signifying the loss of ice due to global warming – some of us even turned the Earth into a melting ice cream. Then, after studying the work of Jackson Pollock and the ‘creative space’ he used to tune his mind into, we went outside, placed our canvas onto the grass and allowed our body’s to guide us in the process of creating our abstract expressionism. We have now morphed the two pieces together to form one creative masterpiece!

Frosty Science Investigations!

Saturday, 14 January 2017


On Thursday, the whole of 4T experimented with ice cubes because our topic is “Where did my snowman go?” It is all about ice and water. We were allowed to investigate whatever we liked with the given materials. We all had to use ice cubes in our experiments. There were experiments like what would happen to ice cubes when dropped from different heights? Throughout the lesson we had to record the results of the experiment we were doing. The experiments sometimes became quite tricky because we had to make sure it was a fair test.

4T- Isobel

Water you waiting for?! Try this fun art technique!

Saturday, 14 January 2017


As part of our learning all about water this term, 4T created some wonderful water art using straws and watercolour paints. We created patterns which reflected the free-flowing movement of water by blowing watercolours in different directions on textured drawing paper using some drinks straws. We discovered we could make great effects by tapping the brush and swirling the straw around really quickly. As well as being great fun, we were really impressed with the experimental artwork we ended up with!

So water you waiting for?! Get some straws and try this super fun technique yourselves!



St John’s pupils become illustrators!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Last term, all classes at St John’s created their very own illustrations for a new story being written by author Lee Sterrey. The story was to be published and sold at Kenilworth Books. Many of you have been asking about when you will be able to see some of these illustrations in the final publication. Well…very exciting news! The story, entitled ‘The BookHob, Plight of the Hedgehogs,’ is now on sale at Kenilworth Books!  Many of the illustrations from the budding artists at our school feature in this fantastic book and it is absolutely brilliant that you can now call yourselves illustrators! Well done to who everyone took part. You should be very proud of yourselves. A copy of the book can be found in Miss Taylor’s classroom, so make sure you come and have a look!

3T Explosive start to term

Friday, 13 January 2017

This week 3T have being doing lots of fun things.

This term we are learning about What Makes the Earth Angry and we are looking at lots of Natural Disasters. We have started by researching Volcanoes. We have used the internet and found information about different types of Volcanoes and Lava on DK Findout. We also read books in the classroom about how a Volcano erupts. Then we used all our research to write our own informative paragraphs which we will use to make a page in our Natural Disaster Book.

We have also made different volcano explosions using different ingredients such as, Coke and Mentos, Lemon and Bicarbonate of soda with red food colouring and vinegar and bicarbonate soda. The one we liked the best was the Coke and Mentos because it went really high. We can’t wait till we make our own.


We really enjoyed Wednesday, now known as Whizzy Wednesdays. We get to split into different classes and do lots of different things. Some made their own music beats and dances. Some did forest school and made tree mobiles. Others did drama and art activities. It was great!