Year 5 have started learning about Ancient Egypt and investigating the question, ‘Should we dig up the past?’ So far they have been learning about why the Egyptians built pyramids and what might’ve been found inside them. They have been using this website to explore pyramids in more detail.
The children have been very keen to find out more about Ancient Egypt at home. We can’t wait to learn more and hear about what they have found out through independent research.
Today our competition winners visited the Children’s Bookshop in Lindley to choose and take home their own reading books. There were lots of books to choose from so all the children took their time to make sure they selected the perfect book for home. After they chose their books, they enjoyed reading them in the café with juice and a HUGE cookie. We all had a lovely afternoon and wish we could do it every day!
A huge well done and thank you to all the children and staff who took part in the Extreme Reading Challenge. We had over 100 entries and it has been wonderful to see so many of you reading in different and unusual places. The staff and children loved seeing all the entries in our assembly on Thursday.
Last Tuesday, Year 5 went on a trip to the Lowry Gallery. We were all given looking logs, which are sketch books, to practise our sketches and new skills.
To start with we learnt how to do perspective drawings – we couldn’t believe how simple it was. We learnt how to add shadows to our drawings using cross hatching and how to draw animals with 4 legs. Once we had practised in our look books, we walked around the gallery and looked at some of Lowry’s landscape art. They were amazing and worth lots of money – one piece was worth £7,000,000!
We chose our favourite pieces and drew them in the gallery applying the new skills we had just learnt. We then went back to the studio and added detail to our sketches with a black pen and water to make certain features stand out.
After lunch, we looked at portraits Lowry drew of his family and himself. We looked in detail at one of his most famous self-portraits, Head of a Man, which scared a few of us because of the detail and the piercing red eyes. Our artist gave us 30 seconds to sketch what we could see to practise our skills – this was very difficult because we weren’t allowed to look down at our work as we were sketching. The end results were very funny! Like with the landscapes, we then went and chose our favourite portrait and sketched it thinking about facial proportions.
Our teachers were all very impressed with the work we produced and we all surprised ourselves by our skills! We had a brilliant day out and learnt lots of new techniques which we will apply to our artwork in school.