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.
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 thoroughly enjoyed designing and making their own landmark. They were asked to design a lanmark that had a similar symbolic representation as the Angel of the North; warm, welcoming, safe, peace and security. In small groups the children planned theor design first and then used clay to mould and shape their landmark.
The children all worked very well together and had a fun afternoon!
Year Six have been doing work, through their creative curriculum topic, on bridges over the river Tyne. They were given the challenge of creating a bridge which could hold a 2kg weight, bridge a gap of 50 cm and be as light as possible. Using the knoweldge that they had gained from their visits to the bridges and their work on a virtual bridge designer, they created and made their bridges. They havent tested them yet but they do look good.
To complete our creative curriculum topic about landmarks we created a powerpoint to show everything that we did for our european visitors. We learned how to insert images from a file on the network and inserted a text box. Some of us then presented what we did to Year 1.
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.
Although Greece is mainly a mountainous country, our town (Giannitsa , population 35.000) is situated in the middle of its biggest plain. (The plain of central Macedonia).
We are surrounded by cotton fields and peach trees, which are irrigated by the river Loudias.
Loudias isn’t very big (Length:32km, Width: 60m and Depth: about 5m) but it’s very important to our local economy.
Loudias’ water level is the same as that of the sea and it remains calm all year long. This makes the river ideal for sports like canoe-kayak or skiffing. There is a rowing club at the river banks. During the 2004 Olympic Games many athletes used to train in our river.
Students from Year two – class 3, studied the river with their teacher. They also drew some beautiful pictures. The best chosen were turned into school pin badges.
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.