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Clay Faces on Crowded Trees

Also on FAB day (see blog below) we used clay to create faces on trees. It was a lot of fun smearing the clay onto the bark and smoothing it flat so that it would stick there for as long as possible.
This activity was also inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, from his ‘Time’ book. In the book he pushes clay onto trees and keeps taking photographs as the clay dries out and starts to fall off the branches.
I hope you enjoy our work.
Clay Faces on Crowded Trees on PhotoPeach


Sticks and Domes

Brookburn had a FAB day (Fun At Brookburn) on Friday when each class was asked to do a demonstration lesson. Before I even knew what we would do with my class Mrs. McKessy asked if we could do some Andy Goldsworthy style environmental art.
One of the important principles of Andy Goldsworthy’s art is that you can only use natural materials to make whatever you make, it’s important not to use tape or string or anything else that would not be found naturally and many of his works require a lot of patience. We chose to make a large stick dome as there were so many of us to gather the sticks we’d need.
Consequently, here we have it. Photos of my class and some parent volunteers building up a stick dome/behive/pile/nest/… If you have any better words to describe what we made, please do.
The music chosen is Brick by Brick by Arctic Monkeys, If only they had sung Stick by Stick, it would have suited this much better.
Sticks and Domes on PhotoPeach


School Grounds’ Week (part II)

Another wonderful morning, again narrowly avoiding the heavy rain. As part of our science (habitats) work, and generally improving our understanding of the world, Mrs. McKessy and Mrs. Wilde took us to the pond to go pond dipping.
We had fun sweeping the edge with our nets and transporting all we found into a temporary container where we could study and identify it.
Back in the classroom we collated (what does that word mean?) our information and made bar charts to show all the creatures we found. You can see some of them if you pop into school and look at the display board near our classroom.
Unfortunately I can’t remember all we found, perhaps someone could remind me.
Pond Dipping on PhotoPeach


Maths with Daisies!

It’s school grounds’ week, time to get out there as much as possible. Today I set a challenge: Who can collect the most daisies from one square metre of the field?

This may sound simple but there was a lot of maths involved. We had to revise area by drawing on cm squares. We then look at perimeter and the properties of shape. Following this we had to scale up our ideas to looked at one square metre. Then we had a problem. How could we all do it at the same time when we had (at best) one 1m ruler each despite the fact we’d need four? We used string to measure the perimeter and the corners of our maths books to measure the right angles.

Have a look at how we got on.

Maths with Daisies on PhotoPeach
Back in class we then looked at collecting all our data and making bar charts to show the information. This led to a discussion of the scales to use and the use of rounding (to the nearest 10) to help us draw our bar charts.

It was all good fun though!

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