Mosaic

Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials.

The students used colored cardboard which was cut  into small pieces.

First they saw many pictures of mosaic art. Then they chose a theme and they started with the help and the guidance  of the  teacher of art .

landmark Designs

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!

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Making group bridges

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.

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Landmark Powerpoints

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.

 

 

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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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Greece – Loudias River

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.