We have began to delve into our new topic called Extreme Earth. Willow class have decided they want to investigate extreme weather and where in the world these weathers occur and why they happen. So far, we have been exploring these weathers in a variety of ways which include making mini volcanoes and listening to recordings of extreme weather to create pictures of the sounds we hear. Willow class would also like to know which plants live in these extreme environments and how they adapt to ensure they survive. We have plenty of practical science experiments going on to help us during this enquiry. We have also been reading a book called 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' which explores the impact that extreme drought has on a village; this book has inspired some excellent writing already.
Lila and the Secret of Rain
Willow class thoroughly recommend this book! We love it and have written some book reviews to tell others to take a look. The book has encouraged discussion about what life would be like if there was no rain and the impact it would have on our lives. We have written some excellent descriptions and we will use this book to help us to understand the workings of the Water Cycle. Keep a look out for our explanations of the Water Cycle.
Preparing for our trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park
We researched the animals living at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and we wrote our own Non-Chronological Report about them. We also began to practice our Pointillism in preparation for Art Week. We used felt tip pens, cotton wool buds and paint to create a Pointillist style by filling in blank templates of the animals we were looking forward to seeing on our trip.
Art Week - Pointillism inspired by Lila and the Secret of Rain
We chose pictures from our class text 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' and we applied the Pointillist style we have been learning about during Art. We used paint and cotton wool buds to create paintings of African landscapes using only dots of pure colour. We mastered out technique and we built up to blending colours on the page. Look through our photos to see how our paintings developed over time.