Year Two had great fun creating natural collages in the Woodland Garden last week. We were inspired by the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy who uses the environment and natural materials in his creations. We worked on our own to create individual pictures or abstract designs and everyone photographed their own work using the iPad. We then worked in our class groups to create large pictures of the Great Fire of London. We used the colours of the objects we found for the different elements such as fire and wood. It was great fun and we ended the session by putting everything we had used back where we had found it. You can find out more about Andy Goldsworthy by clicking here.
We are really enjoying finding out about the different aspects of the Great Fire of London. Lots of people saved their precious belongings on the boats of the Thames and many escaped on boats too. We are preparing a display for the corridor and needed some boats for the River Thames. We had to work really hard to follow the instructions to fold the boats in the right places at the right times! It was quite tricky but the finished boats look fabulous. We know that they wouldn’t really have been brightly coloured in 1666 but we want our display to be colourful and our boats to be individual. Why not have a go yourself? Click here to follow the same instructions that we used.
This afternoon we looked at how houses would have looked at the time of the Great Fire of London. We already knew that they were mostly built using wood rather than brick or stone and that this helped the fire to spread more quickly. We looked closely at how the wooden structure made the houses look quite distinctive.
We then worked in pairs to cover a cereal box each with off-white sugar paper, carefully using very wide sticky tape to hold it all together. It was quite tricky folding the bottom of the paper and folding the top to make a roof but we helped each other and our teachers were there to help too. Mrs W and Mrs H told us that we will be experts at wrapping now and should be able to help wrap birthday presents!
We then used rulers and pencils to draw the outlines of the wooden beams ready to be painted on next week. We also drew some diamond pattern windows which we will go over using felt pen once all the painting is finished. It was hard work but great fun; we’re all looking forward to the painting but next week!
A big welcome to all of our Year 2 pupils and parents. We a fabulous first day in Year 2 yesterday. We talked about what interests us and made posters to illustrate these. They are on display in our classrooms and we are starting to bring in photos, objects and information to add to the display.
It was lovely to welcome lots of parents to our presentation last night; we hope you found it useful and have received a copy of the PowerPoint presentation. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Our first topic is Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London. We are just starting to find out about this amazing event. We are going to be making our very own Tudor houses and so would like the children to bring in empty boxes, especially cereal boxes please.
The link below is one we will be using in school and gives lots of information about Samuel Pepys. Watch out for more links in future blogs!