Film Week 29.1.18 – 2.2.18

On Monday we went to see Sing in Newton Abbot cinema with the other schools in the federation. We absolutely loved it, we clapped and sang along with the songs and even got to eat our lunch in the cinema… but shhhh don’t tell anyone!

Following our trip to the cinema we found out that the Gingerbread Man wanted to audition for Mr Moon’s singing competition so we decided to help him out and write him a rap.

We wrote our raps in small groups and practised them so we didn’t have to keep looking at the words like the performers in the film. We also made microphones to make us more professional and then we performed them in our very own Moon Theatre on a golden glittery stage.

Here we are practising and making our microphones!

As you can see we put in loads of effort… here is a glimpse of our performances.

Next time our parents come and see our books they will be able to see our amazing final performances on our new class I-pad. We can’t wait to show you! We have definitely written prize winning raps!

As well as creating raps we acted out scenes from the film and recreated them using construction and small world toys.

The Moon Theatre and Johnny playing his piano by Thomas

Jonny’s dad, Jonny and their getaway car by Finley

The Moon Theatre by Lynsey

The Moon Theatre under construction by Jacob, Seb, Frankie and Tyler

Potter Class have had a great film week!

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Art – People of the Past

During our art sessions this half term we are focusing on an important artist, his name is Pablo Picasso. We learnt about where and when he was from and the type of artwork he liked to create. Picasso was a pioneer of Cubism and this is what we are trying to recreate with our own artwork. As well as learning about Picasso, this week we are learning about Christopher Columbus. He was a famous explorer and during his travels he crossed the uncharted seas. At the time of Columbus these seas had never been crossed before and many believed there were lots of magical, mythical creatures inhabiting them.

For our artwork we have created our own mythical sea creature, then in the style of Picasso’s cubism, we have used a ruler to separate our drawing into lots of different segments. We have then painted these segments making sure that none of the same colour are next to each other – this helps our work to take on more of the cubist style.

We have drawn some amazing creatures and learnt how to paint carefully with a paint brush.

The Gingerbread Man

Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the story of The Gingerbread Man. We learnt the text off by heart and compared it to other versions of the story. We even had one all the way from Austria We talked about which parts had changed and whether we liked or disliked these changes.

Following this we decided to make our own changes to the story… we had lots of amazing imaginative ideas!

This week we have planned our new story, drawn a new setting and created 4 new characters! Our stories are going to be amazing, we can’t wait to share them with our friends and make them into proper books!

Here we are hard at work, making sure our writing is the best it can be.

Maths

In Maths we have been looking at adding and subtracting. We have been using numberlines, Numicon and cubes to help us do this with bigger numbers and explain how we solved the number sentences. We have been excellent mathematicians!

English

Over the next few weeks in English we are going to be looking at instruction writing.

We have already learnt what imperative verbs and adverbs are and have been using them to boss each other about!

This week we have been looking at the instructions to How to make a Bug Hotel! and thinking about how we can make them even better. We have been making up actions to the words to help us remember them, because we are soon going to be making our very own bug hotels. We are VERY excited about this. We hope that after we have made them, we can teach others how to do it by writing our own set of instructions.

Arts Week

Our Arts Week focus was the Chinese New Year. We learnt all about the different festivities they have and the reasons they have them. We found out why each animal became a year in the Zodiac and why they use the colours red and gold a lot – it is because they believe it means good luck. Throughout the week we have been having a go at different Chinese art. We have made Chinese Lanterns and Drums in the colours of red and gold AND we helped make an amazing Chinese dragon.

On Tuesday we made Chinese Fans. We learnt how to fold them and decorated them beautifully. We used these as part of our Chinese fan dancing with Alex. Our performance of this was on Friday in front of our friends and family. Despite only having two practices, we were amazing!

As well as art, food is also a big part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, so on Thursday we tried a variety of dishes they might eat as part of their festivities.  Most of us thought it was very tasty! Our favourites were the Noodles and Chinese vegetables, Prawn Crackers and Spring Rolls. Yummy!