Going Bananas for Fair Trade!

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This week saw the launch of fair trade fortnight. The children have been learning many facts about why fair trade is important and the impact it has on the lives of people who often live in poverty.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ontjhRKU3JQ the children were shown this clip to help them understand.

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They have listened to presentations in assembly and watched video clips about fair trade footballs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvBoKWTV8DY We are looking forward to developing our understanding through our banana themed day next Wednesday.

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Art Week Success

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We have had a wonderful week at school with children given opportunities to explore many different art medium and work with ‘real’ artists. Simon Mills produced the wonderful willow sculptures that adorn the hall ceiling, view his work at Simon Mills – website
We were also lucky enough to have Caroyln King in working with felt Carolyn King -Art
Mrs End and Mrs White also worked with the children focusing on pottery and printing. Jackie White CeramicsRuth End

Here is another chance to view our wonderful work

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Andy Goldsworthy move on over….. Year 3 and 4 are coming!!

What a fun-filled art week we have had so far in Year 3 and 4. The children have been enthused by the work of Andy Goldsworthy and have been inspired to try out some of his ideas for themselves using natural materials.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with his work, ask one of the year 3 or 4 children and they will be able to tell you that Andy Goldsworthy makes his art in places where it may not last for very long. He always uses natural materials and thinks of ways to display his art that use colour, spirals or curves and most importantly, he makes it eye-catching!

Yesterday, the children were introduced to the artists work and were asked to write about a piece of his art that they had chosen. Then came the tricky bit …. They had to write about the art, but give their opinions and own ideas about it, rather than describe it!

In Class 8 we thought about the phrases that we could use that would lend themselves to writing in this style. After a brief discussion, I was impressed with the words and phrases the children had thought of:

“In particular…”

“Especially…”

“However…”

In my opinion…”

We even had someone who said we needed to be “critical” of his work! What wonderful vocabulary! In order to make our sentences a little more interesting still, we decided to use ‘EdIngLys’ to begin our writing. Take a look at Tamsin’s writing below:IMG_4435Great isn’t it! But then, so was Megan’s!

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In the afternoon, we continued along our theme of nature in art and looking at Andy Goldsworthy’s work. Once again we were inspired to imitate his ideas, but we wanted to try and keep the art, so we thought about preserving it and creating natural art that could be kept! Take a look at how we got on:

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After a momentous laminating task – thank you Mrs Rooke! – we got through everybody! A lovely piece of ‘natural’ art that can be kept!

Yesterday brought us a sprinkling of snow and we were not about to let this opportunity for more artistic creations pass us by! The children wrapped up warm and began to create some really spectacular art using the snow as a medium – Andy Goldsworthy eat your heart out!

Take a look at our fab creations!!


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Let’s see what else the week brings us! I am looking forward to finding out!