For our optional homework this half term, the children were asked to create a Mayan inspired headdress. I would like to say a big well done to the 6 children who decided to complete this extra homework. Each child used different materials and it made their finished products unique. Below are some pictures of the children with their finished products:
We used our developing knowledge of 3D shapes to create Christmas decorations. We began by looking at the nets of different 3D shapes before drawing our own nets to create Christmas themed decorations using card.
This week we have been creating festive tunes using Scratch. We looked closely at sheet music for 'Jingle Bells', 'Silent Night' and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas', carefully looking at the notes that were used and the duration of each, before inputting this information onto Scratch.
Mayan Hot Chocolate & Tortillas
As part of our topic, we have been looking at traditional Mayan recipes. We looked at a few recipes, adapting them, before creating our own hot chocolate (including a pinch of chilli powder, cinnamon or honey!) and tortillas. We took our ingredients outside to cook on an open fire. I, and the children, would like to say a massive thank you to Mr Radford, who without we would not have been able to do this in such a fun and creative way!
Festive Light Decorations
Although slightly too early in the year (even for me!) we have been designing and creating Christmas light decorations, using our knowledge of electrical circuits. The children designed their decorations, incorporating various lights and motors to make them look really effective. They used a range of skills and equipment (such as hacksaws and glue guns) to create their designs before adding electrical circuits. This was particularly tricky as the children needed to carefully balance the number of components with the number of cells to ensure that their circuits worked. After some trial and error and adaptation of their designs, the children finally finished and showed their designs to the rest of the class. As I'm sure you will agree, the children's finished products look really good and I would definitely be buying them if I saw them in a shop!
In our Science lessons, we have been looking at electricity, and how we can power things using batteries (cells). Below are some pictures of the children building their circuits, using different components such as: batteries, bulbs, wires, motors and buzzers.
During this topic, we have been looking at Mayan masks. We learnt that there were three types of mask worn by the Maya: event masks, battle masks and death masks. Below are a selection of our finished masks:
As a part of our homework this half term, Owls class had an optional extra, where the children could create a 3D map of their local area. I would like to say a big well done to the 6 children who decided to complete this extra homework, as their creativity has really shone through, with each child approaching their map in a different way. As I'm sure you will agree, the maps of their local area look absolutely amazing!
As a part of our Geography this half term, we looked at the land types that were found in Mesoamerica (where the Mayan's lived) using a combination of atlases and Google maps. We then used this information to create our own topological maps of the area, showcasing the highland and lowland:
For our Harvest Assembly, we created pieces of artwork inspired by the theme of Harvest. We looked at an artist called Katie Gastley, who created a piece of artwork for a jungle calendar using typography decorated with different fruits and foliage. We adapted her design to suit our needs and our final designs are shown below. I'm sure you'll agree that they look amazing!