Primary 5 have had a great few weeks exploring the school’s woodland areas and using the space as an ‘outdoor classroom’ for various challenges in Literacy, Art, Technologies and Health and Wellbeing.
As a class, we have been reading ‘Billy & the Minpins’ by Roald Dahl. Challenge one saw us using our visualisation skills to imagine what the Gruncher (a terrible man and Minpin-eating creature) would look like and then creating natural art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.
Challenge two was based our Technologies skills. We had to design and create bridges for the Minpins to travel from tree to tree. There were some magical creations!
Our final challenge was very different! We used the woodland as a setting for ‘yogateering’. Pupils had to find, memorise and repeat various yoga sequences to earn points for their team.
Overall, we have thoroughly enjoyed taking our learning outdoors and hope to do more in the new year.
P5 Star Writers wowed us with their descriptions of scary settings. They were working on giving more detail in their descriptions. They did this by writing about what the setting looks like and the colours that the character sees. They were trying to put in the thoughts and feelings of their characters too.
We are all working on core targets of using capital letters and full stops in every sentence. We could try and create longer sentences using conjunctions such as and and but.
We listened to a good model for writing and adventurous tale that was called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It would be a very good bedtime story to listen to.
Please ask them what happens in the middle of their stories and get them to tell you what happens in their visual story maps that they have made as we will be working on that in the forthcoming weeks.
Yesterday, the Technical Troopers organised a Digital Dress Down Day to raise funds to further support digital learning in Mid Calder Primary School. Our pupils were challenged to dress up as a character from an online or digital game, an emoji or a piece of technology.
Thank you to everyone who took part and donated. We raised a fantastic £175.05 and we can’t wait to share what we spend it on with everyone.
On Thursday 13th September Mr Renshaw, Ms Brolls And Primary 5 went to the National museum of modern art. Each pair got a ipad see primary 5 could take pictures of modern art. We Got Split Into two groups. Half went with heather and the other half went with poppy. We went to see lovely outdoor sculptures. There was one were people thought was either a penguin. Some thought it looked like a black bottle. Next we went to see a huge green grassy Mountains. It had small lakes. It was a beautiful day. There was a beautiful sculpture it looked like a mermaid. When we were walking past the playground and we thought some things were like sculptures. There were light blue huge rocks. There were tall ones and small ones. They were in different shapes and sizes. They had gold pieces. It looked like they were on a piece of paper and printed it on. There was lots too see
Later in the day we went to modern gallery 2 (MOD2). Before we went to walk across the road there were one other sculpture it was this metal person sitting on a rock. It was close to the road. You had to look around the corner. After we walked across the road there was a sculpture. It was like a sign. It was glowing. It Said ’ ’There will be no miracles here. We went inside the building. We went up these wooden stairs. Next we got in too a room. In the room we got in to groups and partners. I was with my best friend. We decided to make a goat with a fox. We used Sharp pencils, oil pastels, scissors, navy blue foil, cardboard and a bamboo stick. After we all had lots fun we had to tidy up. We went to the field there was a sculpture it was like a wind mill. But it was made out of very thin triangles. Then we went back too modern gallery 1 (MOD1) we collected our food and went outside. Me my friend and some boys went to a hexagon we could sit inside it. It was raining we went inside. We had fun and we were laughing. It was a very nice day. Some people stayed outside and the other children went to see more art. When we came back again. Different children went inside we had lots of time to play. There was heavy rain we all enjoyed the rain. Later on we had to go in the bus. We waited for a while. The other children were collecting art work. It was raining a bit less than earlier. I was a bit upset. Our Sculpture was missing. My Friend was also upset. We worked very hard on it. We went on the bus we enjoyed our time. We were on the bus for about an hour. We eventually got back. It was nearly home time. After we got packed and went home.
Hi it’s Victoria and Harper. We went to The Modern art galleries. We went to MOD1 and MOD2 let’s see what we did! First we got off the bus (we all do that right?) When we got there we were greeted by two ladies their names were Poppy and Heather. We also got split into groups I was with Heather so was Victoria. Miss Brolls came with our group too.
First, we went outside and all of us looked at this big hill. Me and my partner took some pictures of stuff like this big penguin it was really a woman. We all couldn’t believe it. Then we went over to MOD2 where we made sculptures. Leah (my partner) made a pie looking art work I loved it! We went outside to play and meet the other group.
Then, we had lunch yay then Miss Brolls took us to Raqib Shaw and it was so cool seeing his art he had two dogs in all of its pictures. Finally, we got to go back to the park to have a little play while the others saw his art.When they came back and we all played together it was so fun.
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In Term 1 we had two Art trips – one to the Modern Art Gallery and the other to Jupiter Artland.
This led to many creative artworks including salt crystal paintings, digital photography and digital art using apps on the i-pads. Here is the first in the gallery of what the P5s and P6s achieved. Amazing!
The P5s, Mr Renshaw, Miss Brolls and four parent helpers went to the Scottish National Modern Art Galleries (MOD1 and MOD2) off Belford Road in Edinburgh on the 13th of September to take part in an Art Workshop and a tour around our national collections of modern art and enamelled and bejewelled works by the artist Raqib Shaw.
We split into two groups with Art Educators Poppy and Heather and headed
outdoors to explore the sculptures and question, “What is Art?” We went onto the Charles Jencks’ landform, looked at Reclining Figure by Henry Moore and touched Conversation with Magic Stones by Barbara Hepworth.
The childrens’ responses were fascinating. What interested them was very different and they recorded their focus of interest with our i-pads. They then selected from these and used Pic-collage and Book Creator apps to make photo-journals of the day.
Then we took part in using our imaginations and making sculptures ranging from wind turbines, a fox linked to a carving in the artscape, faces within faces, castles, and other ideas based on conversations, digital images or their imaginations. It was fantastic to see them so immersed in the creative task that some children didn’t want to leave to go for a sneak tour at the Emil Nolde colourful paintings exhibition.
Lunch was outside amongst the artworks and a temporary art playground where you are encouraged to touch the works. The Sun Gods were kind and we enjoyed our picnics on the benches.
Then it was inside to see the Tesco Bank Competition winners to give us inspiration for next year and a look at the incredibly detailed artworks by Raqib Shaw. Utterly mesmerising but don’t just take my word for it. Ask your child what inspired them the most from the day and what was their favourite artwork and why.
Most of the two modern art galleries are free and you are welcome to picnic in the Resource Room there or outside on the picnic benches. They invite you to Walk, Talk, Move and Make. See nationalgalleries.org. or sign up for their newsletter at nationalgalleries.org/ebulletin. They are always looking for volunteers!
Other outdoor family fun ideas at RSPB.org.uk/families.