The children in England visited and researched local landmarks in their area. Each class worked hard to produce an information page about their local area. These were compiled to create a Tourism Information Booklet.
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 …
All of the children at St. Mary and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School in England studied a local landmark in the north east of England. Following a visit to the landmark, the children came back to school and had a go at building this landmark.
Take a look at the short video which highlights the children’s work.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
Year 5 have learnt about the Sage in Gateshead. This is a magnificent music centre on the banks of the Quayside. The children enjoyed their visit and drew some detailed sketches of the Sage. They were especially impressed at the views of the River Tyne from inside it.
Year 4 had a lovely afternoon visiting the Angel of the North in Gateshead. They were very surprised at how large it was. The children drew some very detailed sketches and had fun taking their own photographs.