Thursday, November 9, 2017

Materially Speaking

In Science with Mrs.W this term, the children been learning about fabrics.

We've found out that materials/fabrics are made of fibres.
Some fibres are natural, such as wool, cotton and flax.
(See our learning about flax here)

Some fibres are man-made, such as nylon.
Fibres can be spun into yarns, and yarns can be woven or knitted into fabric.

Sheep's wool can be spun into yarn.

We explored a range of fabrics, looking at properties, and sorting into groups.

We did some investigations.
Some fabrics are easier to rip than others.
Some are more absorbent - that means that they soak up liquid.

Over the next few weeks we will be using our learning as we work on a technology challenge!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Elefly, Butterphant, Belephant?

We had some fun at the end of term looking at some hybrid animals and doing some moment in time writing.

A hybrid animal is a mixed breed animal - the animals in these photos were created through PhotoShop!

We chose to write about the elephant with butterfly ears. 
We thought of a number of variations on the words elephant and butterfly to name it!

Our extra challenge was to include a sentence that began with a verb!

Everyone was very proud of their work!

Did you look at the photos? Which animal did you like? What would you call it?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Progression of Art Skills Over the Year

Back in Term 1 our Social Studies topic was around the heritage buildings that we have in our town.

The art with Mrs. W. was based around this topic too.
The children sketched, built models, and created 
crayon-and-dye art of the heritage buildings.

The next progression was print-making.
These prints were made by carving the buildings into printing foam blocks.

 Mrs. W. introduced the class to the work of Frederick Hundertwassr, 
an Austrian-born New Zealand artist.
He designed a well-known toilet block in the north of New Zealand.
Hundertwasser liked curves and bright colours, and based his shapes on forms of nature.

The children used the ideas of Hundertwasser to create 
art works. 
They practised using colours and curvy shapes, using colouring pencils.

They made more prints, this time cutting and gluing cardboard shapes to create their printing block.

They created our heritage buildings in the stye of Hundertwasser, using pastel.

The culmination of the work was to use paint to create an art work of buildings in the style of Hundertwasser.

The students are very proud of their artworks!

Do you have a favourite artist?