Week 2 of our Arts Fortnight

The week has been our second and final week working with Mrs Johnston in the art studio and the children have made me so proud with their creative learning.

We have looked at the story of The Lorax and described the setting before all the structural trees were cut down. I was blown away by some of the powerful the vocabulary the children used.

Through all our science learning we found out that trees were an animals habitat and decided that this was very important and made this our class slogan. We based our art and dance around this theme. We looked at peacock feathers and drew some. We decorated them using pastels, wax crayon, felt tip, water colours and collage. We used out imagination to come up with our own colour schemes and designs. We then used our art to decorate our own birds.

What a great week we have had! Well done 2HS and thank you Mrs Johnston.

Week 1with Mrs J

We have had a fantastic week working in the art studio with Mrs Johnston.

We have started off think about trees and have learned lots of new facts to add to those we already know. We went outside to look at natural things all around school and collected nouns and verbs to describe these nouns and what they are doing.  We then put these all together in a poem and really impressed Miss Savage.

We have been doing so many exciting things. We have learned new drawing techniques such as dots, circles, dashes, lines, hatching and cross hatching. We have also sketched trees and made models of trees.

Wow! What a busy week we have had!

The River Ganges

This week we have been learning about the River Ganges and how it changes as it flows from the Himalayan mountains to The Bay of Bengal. We learned how people put offerings and rubbish in the river and about the problems this causes.  We debated whether we thought the way the river is treated needs to change and then wrote up both sides of the argument. We tried really hard to work on writing clear paragraphs where we didn’t repeat out points. Well done Year 2 another great week!

Is it waterproof?

This week in science we h been trying to help Eric find the best material to make a waterproof coat. We tested 4 different materials by dripping 7 drops of water on each and seeing if the water was absorbed or repelled.

Bridges Take Two

After making some frames, where we learned to reinforce the corners, we worked in teams to design and build bridges.  We designed our bridges together thinking carefully about our joining methods and making sure they were strong and sturdy.  Some of us chose to reinforce our corners with cardboard and others did so with lolly sticks.

We learned how to use the glue gun and the saw carefully and safely and even wrote safely tips for next year’s year twos.

We had a great morning working on the bridges.  What do you think of them?

Atkinson Grimshaw

This week we have been looking at artist Atkinson Grimshaw. We noticed that his paintings were night scenes of Leeds. We saw that he used warm colours such as yellow, gold, orange and red to illuminate the windows and lampposts in his art. We tried to create our own pictures in this style. We drew houses and used brown and black pastels to colour the house before adding in the warm lights. What do you think?

Bridge building take 1

This week we have begun looking at our DT project. Today we worked in teams to build our first bridges. We had paper, wood, lolly sticks and straws to create our bridge with. We used sellotape and print stick to join our bridges.  We found that the bridges were not strong enough and reflected on this. We decided on our next attempt to use saws to cut wood and a glue gun to join the parts. I wonder how they will turn out.

The Corn Exchange

After visiting The Corn Exchange on our trip to Leeds we have looked at the building and how it has been used in more detail.

We thought about what purpose it was built for and found out that farmers took their corn there to sell to merchants. The glass roof allowed maximum light for examining the Corn without damaging it.

We then found out that its is not used for the same purpose now. Now there are posh shops, nail salons, hair dressers and cafes.

We used drama to act out what it was used for then and now before writing comparisons of how it has changed.

Tony Peek

We were so lucky that author and poet Tiny Peek came in to work with us. He read us some of his poems and we played some games where we thought of some rhyming words. Then we tried to write some poems of our own. We tried to think of words to describe an animal that all started with the same letter. We learned that this was called illiteration.  Some of ours were

clever crocodiles climb

fluffy foxes fight

sleepy snakes slither

Leeds City Centre

What an amazing trip we had. We went to Leeds on the public bus and visited the museum. We then walked all around the city spotting many human and physical features. We learned about Cuthbert Brodrick and all the building he designed such as the town hall. We visited Leeds bridge and the river Aire on our way to the Corn Exchange.