We have been learning about Africa. We have children in our class from Zambia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Libya, Algeria and South Africa. We researched some African countries and created projects working in groups. These were the first projects we have ever completed! They were lots of fun.
We are learning about weight this week. We used balances to see how many cubes were equal in weight to a number of different items in the class. These items included a pencil case, an apple, scissors and a maths book. We were shocked that a maths book weighed the same as 66 cubes!
We have been learning about the artist Kimmy Cantrell. He creates masks using clay. We created our own masks using cardboard that were inspired by Kimmy Cantrell's artwork. First we drew the designs for our masks. Then we created the base by cutting out cardboard. Finally, we added colour using paint.
We have been learning about contractions in English. A contraction is when two words are made shorter by combining them and placing an apostrophe in place of the letter/letters that have been removed. We each got either two words or a contraction and we had to find our partner in the class. We then worked in these pairs to create contraction kites.
This week we have been learning about ourselves and our families in history. We created timelines of our lives and family trees. We also brought in an item that was special to us when we were younger. Some of us brought in toys, teddies, and blankets.
We then wrote about the object we brought in, explaining why it is special to us and what we use it for.
Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor and photographer. He creates artwork using natural materials. We used his artwork as inspiration to create our own sculptures and pictures using natural materials including flowers, leaves, grass and twigs.
We have been learning about the artist Damien Hirst. He creates art by dropping paint onto a canvas that is on a spinning platform. We created our own spin artwork using a spinning platform and pencils. We then designed our spin art by adding patterns and colours. You can see videos of us below using the spinning platforms!
This week we created mosaics from our spin art. We cut up coloured pieces of paper and glued them onto our artwork to create a mosaic.
We then worked in groups of five to create a plan for our bridges. Each group came up with a different design.
We would only be allowed to use newspaper and masking tape to create the bridges, so we had to be creative when drawing our designs.
We have been designing and making bridges in science this week. There were four different stages.
The first step of design and make is exploring. We explored how to make paper stronger and also how to create a structure using only spaghetti and marshmallows. We then used what we learned from these activities to plan a design for our bridges.
We were then given time to create our bridges working in our groups. We built them over two days. The bridges had to be able to carry a span of 50cm and they had to be able to hold a one litre bottle of water. The biggest challenge was creating a strong base for the bridge. Most of the groups created pillars to make the base stronger.
Once every group had completed their bridge, we evaluated them. We used rulers to measure them and we tested them to see if they could hold the weight of a one litre bottle of water. All of the bridges were 50cm in length but only three were able to hold the weight of the bottle without collapsing. The bridges that were successful had a strong base, created by folding lots of newspaper and taping them together. We thoroughly enjoyed designing and making our bridges. We hope you like our final designs!
We have been learning about toys from the past such as dolls, spinning tops, marbles, cup-and-ball toys and many more! We created our own cup-and-ball toys using paper cups, string and tin foil. We found it quite difficult to get the ball into the cup!
Visit from Santa!
We were very lucky on our last day of school before Christmas to get a visit from Santa! We hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas.
We created snowflakes to celebrate the start of winter. Firstly we folded pieces of square paper. We then cut shapes out of them. When we unfolded the pieces of paper they had been transformed into snowflakes!
We created prints using lots of different vegetables. We used carrots, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli and celery to create our vegetable patch prints. We then used the splatter paint technique to add soil to our artwork.
Right Angle Hunt
We have been learning about right angles. We went on a right angle hunt in our classroom. We tried to find as many right angles as we could using a right angle measuring tool made out of a circular piece of card.
This week we learned about the American artist Jackson Pollock. He used a unique technique to create his paintings. He dropped paint onto a canvas that was laid on the ground using different objects. We used a similar technique this week to create our artwork.
After our midterm break we wrote about what we did for Halloween. Most of us went trick or treating and saw fireworks!
To celebrate Halloween we dressed up in our costumes before our midterm break! We had a Halloween party. We played lots of traditional Halloween games including pass the apple and bobbing for apples. Bobbing for apples was our favourite game, but it was very messy!
We created scary Halloween skeletons. We used cotton buds as the skeleton's bones! We also learned the names of the bones in our body from the song Bones, Bones, Bones!
We used 2-D shapes to create 'Classroom Creatures'. We cut out ovals, circles, rectangles, squares, triangles and semi-circles to create these colourful creatures!
We created percussion instruments out of recyclable materials. We used milk cartons, cardboard boxes, bottles, rice, pasta, elastic bands and other materials to create percussion instruments. We then decorated them using paint, glitter, straws and colourful sticks. We then used these instruments during our music lesson to create a song in groups.
A coach from Leinster rugby came in to teach us tag rugby. We learned how to throw and catch a rugby ball, how to score a try and how to play tag rugby. We had so much fun!
We have been learning about symmetry. We created a symmetrical picture using tape as our line of symmetry.