Nature Sketches

Year 4 made good use of the lovely sunny afternoon we have had today. They went into our school garden and looked at the many features of nature that we have. They then carefully drew some detailed pencil sketches of what they could see …

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Family life in the past

The children in Year 4 enjoyed learning about family life in the past. First they designed a questionnaire to take home. They used this to  interview older family members and friends about their life in the past.

Following this, Year 4 enjoyed welcoming an older member of the local community into school to ask more questions. They learnt about family holidays, family meals, family games and family activities.

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Guardians of the Tyne

As part of their work on the Tyne and Millenium bridge, year Six created some personification poems about the two bridges. These poems, entitled ‘Guardian of the Tyne,’ were a clever mix of personified images of the bridge and other poetic imagery. In addition to this, year Six, sketched a visual representation of their vision of the personified bridge.

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Angel of the North Research

As part of the whole school project on local landmarks, Year 4 chose to learn more about the Angel of the North.

First the children completed some research about the Angel of the North to discover as many facts as possible.

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Model Making – The Angel of the North

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed making a model of the Angel of the North using thin copper wire.

The structure of the main body of the Angel was made using a foam pipe covered in newspaper and masking tape. This allowed use to create the shape of the legs and body of the Angel.

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The foam and newspaper structure was then removed, so that the copper wire could be sewn together. This had to be done very carefully …

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The wings of the Angel were created by wrapping the copper wire around a piece of wood and a soft sponge ball was used to create the shape of the head,

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We now have two finished models of the Angel of the North. One stands on display in our International Corridor and the other in our classroom. We are very proud of our models!

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Photographic Editing … The Angel of the North

One of our ICT skills this half term was to create digital artwork through photographic editiing. The children managed this superbly by editiing and altering images of The Angel of the North.

The children first serached the Internet for an image of the Angel which they then saved. They then uploaded this into fotoflexer and used some of the editiing tools to create their own image of the Angel of the North.

The finished results were very impressive …

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Year Six test bridges.

Year Six have been using Westpoint Bridge Designer to create and test their own bridge designs. Using the software they were able to create a virtual bridge and test it. The software identified areas of weakness which they could strengthen. Year Six tried to make the bridges as cost effective as possible, strengthening only essential areas. Some of the bridge designs are rather strange !

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Year 2 designed Bamburgh Castle

 

After spending time exploring hinge and pulley mechanisms as part of the design and technology element of the Creative Curriculum, we started planning how we were going to make a large scale model of Bamburgh castle.  We decided to use cardboard boxes to build the main part of the castle because it needed to be strong.  We all contributed boxes and egg containers to help make the base. We used masking tape to join the main parts of the castle.  After painting the castle we each designed a flag.  We chose the best flag to use on our castle.  We chose the best pulley from when we created our prototypes and attached the flag.  We joined the flag to the model using blu tack.  Niall and Robbie created the folded hinge joins for the windows and the doors of the castle.  To make the drawbridge, we cut thin wooden sticks using junior hacksaws and joined them to bolsa wood using PVA glue, which we also cut to size using a junior hacksaw.  To create a high quality finish we covered the model in PVA glue.  We added tissue paper for the grassy area of the castle.

 

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