Category Archives: 4B

Batik painting- Nature in Art

This term we have experimented with Baitk painting. This Art style is a traditional art form in many Asian countries and is used to decorate fabrics that are turned into clothes. Our paintings were inspired by nature and we used primary colours to mix secondary colours with fabric paint. Fabric paint is runny ahd hard to control so they were a real challenge to paint. The outlines of our work were painted with cold wax- (Batik is usually done with hot wax but our pictures have the same effect as ones made using hot wax). We think our effects are really beautiful, what do you think?

 

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Human Threat Cause and Effect Chains

The actions that people take have consequences on our environment and on biodiversity. Sometimes they can be positive and sometimes they can be negative.

We decided to show these consequences by creating cause and effect chains. Each chain begins with a human action, such as farming animals, driving a car or putting solar panels on the roof. The next link then explains what might happen because of the first action, then the next link explains what might happen because of what happened in the second link. This goes on-and-on until we get to our end point, which is either a happy or sad ending for us humans and biodiversity.

 

If you are ever visiting in our classroom, please take the time to read our chains, see our hard work and maybe learn something yourself.

Making Verbs Exciting

Did you know that sentences need verbs?

Did you know you can make your writing interesting by changing your verbs?

Do you know what an adverb is?

Well, let us tell you that sentences need verbs (action or being words), they can make our writing more interesting, and you can describe the verb by using adverbs.

We learnt this is writing recently.

We were given some boring sentences with very boring verbs and we had to ‘zazz’ the sentences up. We did this by:

  1. Finding the verb
  2. Changing the verb to a more interesting or descriptive one
  3. Adding an adverb to describe the verb

Here are some examples of the sentences we came up with.

 

Do you think they look more interesting now?

How will you make your writing interesting?

 

Environment- Green bag designs

This term we have been looking at environmental issues in Art to come up with designs for our own environmentally friendly green bag. First we brainstormed environmental issues that we could use to inspire our designs. We then sketched our ideas on paper using pencils and came up with a message to put on our bags.

The designs were drawn onto the bags using special fabric markers and pastels so that they can’t wash out.

We think that there are many really great designs with very powerful environmental messages on them. Have they made you think about how you can help to fix an environmental issue? We hope that our bags will make people think more about the things in our lives that impact on our environments.  

Food chains

Our challenge in CBL is to preserve biodiversity. To help us with this, we need to know that biodiversity is and what would happen if it stopped.

To help with this, we had a look at food chains.

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So what is a food chain?

Well, we learnt that a food chain is a way of showing how energy can move from one living thing to another in the form of food and that it shows how living things in a biome are linked together.

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We worked in groups to  find a food chain from different biomes and drew them. The drawings also had the words ‘producers’, ‘consumers’, ‘herbivores’, ‘omnivores’ and ‘carnivores’ written on them to show what we know about the sorts of food the producers eat.

 

The next thing we did was to pretend we could take out one of the living things from the food chain. We had to think about the effects this would have on the other organisms the chain and came to understand that everything in a biome is important.

 

Here are our food chains and our thoughts.

 

3-4 Español

¡Buena tardes! Good afternoon!

Wow, what a term!! It’s been great fun to learn  Español again. We have been busy!

We’ve been learning how to say and write a few different things about ourselves:

  • Mi nombre es…
  • Mi color favorito es…
  • Mi animal favorito es…
  • Mi número favorito es…
  • Yo vivo en…
  • Yo tengo ____ años.
  • Mi cumpleaños es en…

We completed each of these sentences in a puzzle that was “TODO SOBRE MI” (all about me!)

Great teamwork here!
Find the sentence that matches yours! Translating between English and Spanish.
Working hard to achieve our goals!

As you can see, we used our iPads to record ourselves as we read through our puzzles. Each of us has made a video that we can share with you at home.

¡Chao!

¡Disfruten sus vacaciones! Enjoy your holidays!

Invention Convention Success

Our Invention Convention was a huge success!

We had around about 20 parents, cousins, brothers and sisters come and visit our classroom on the last Thursday of the Term to see our marvellous CBL solutions.

Everyone was very excited to share their hard work with family members and there were many proud smiles from both the students and their families.

At the end of the Convention, we asked people to leave us feedback by sharing two stars (things we did well) and one wish (something they thought we could improve on next time). The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we can tell everyone had a great time and would like to see more displays of our work like they did at the Invention Convention.

Once everyone had left, we also did our own reflections on our solutions and on our CBL guiding questions.

A big thank you to everyone who came and visited us: it wouldn’t have been such a success without your support.

Getting Ready for our Invention Convention

There was a lot of fun (and chaos) last Friday as we constructed our inventions for CBL. The inventions are based on problems we had either experienced or had seen other people experiencing.

We had to think about who would be helped by our invention and then we needed to research the different parts we would need to make the invention work. A design was drawn of our idea, with the diagram needing to be drawn to scale. For this we needed rulers and our maths books to make sure we knew how big each part of our creation would need to be.

Once we knew the sizes of everything, we could start measuring, cutting and adhering our materials. After this, we added colour by gluing on paper or painting our inventions.

The final thing we needed to do was compose a text about our invention to put with our model at the Invention Convention. We knew we would need to write a non-fiction text and decided the most suitable ones would be information reports, expositions, descriptions and explanations. In reading, we sat with people who were doing the same text type as us and looked at an exemplar to make sure we knew what structural and language features we would need to include. The information we found out was shared with the class.

Our writing was then drafted, peer-edited and published on our iPads.

It was then just a matter planning how our classroom would be set up, moving desks and then came the hardest part of all…making sure our room was clean!

Totem pole Installation

We finally created our installation for the Specialist showcase and it looked amazing! The hardest part was working out how we wanted to arrange our work. We had to work together as a class and we decided that we were going to arrange them in order from largest to smallest. After taking some time to work this out we used blue tack to stand our totem poles on the tables. Did you see our work at the showcase? if not you can have a look at the pictures below and tell us what you think.