Y1M are Toy Makers!

As part of our history topic about toys, we learned about the Victorian toy called a ‘Thaumatrope’. This was a popular toy, made from a disc or card with a picture on each side and attached to two pieces of string. They were used by twirling the two discs around quickly to animate the pictures.

We made our own Thaumatropes and really enjoyed testing them out!

Here are some of our toys.


Estupendo! Fabuloso! Art Day in Y4R

Salvador Dali, a well-known Spanish surrealist painter, was our artist of choice on Art Day. We read about his life, looked at his most popular works of art, and tried to work out the symbolism and meaning in his paintings. One of his paintings, ‘Los Elefantes’, showed the elephants having extremely long, thin legs, attached to regular shaped bodies. Very surreal!

Our own pastel and felt tip designs had a bird theme because we had been to Washington Wetlands on a visit, and were making information booklets about birds in Literacy.

The results were impressive, and we had a lovely day.

Art day in Y4S

In Y4S today, we have been celebrating Art day.

We focused on a very unusual painter called Salvador Dali and in particular we looked at one of his famous pieces of work ‘The Elephant’. As our new topic in Literacy is ‘ Endangered Birds’, we decided to take Dali’s work ‘ The Elephant’ and make it our own by making a bird version.

The children designed their drawing and then presented it on card and on a canvas. We also carried out research on Salvador Dali to find out about his other art work and his life.

Fantastic art work today 4S, Well done!

Art Day – Year 5 Vincent Van Gogh

On Friday the 1st of July, Year 5 had their art day. We looked at the life, art and style of Vincent Van Gogh.

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He is considered one of the greatest painters of all time, but only sold 1 piece of art while he lived.

We learned about his life, before planning and sketching our own versions of Starry Night.

“The Starry Night” – Painted in 1889.

To design our own versions of Starry Night, we wanted to included the night sky, similar to Van Gogh, but we wanted to include local landmarks infront of the sky. We decided on some of the following landmarks: Penshaw Monument, Tyne Bridge, Arbeia, Angel of the North and Souter Lighthouse.

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First we sketched them and tried to recreate the swirly sky in our art books with both pencils and felt pens, before recreating them on a canvas with paint.

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We also tried to recreate his style when doing our own self-portraits and used the internet to find information about him on the internet to create a fact booklet about Vincent.

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For a piece of art to be considered Vincent Van Gogh, it must have to following:

  • Brushstrokes bend, whirl and zig-zag
  • Feel movement and feel colour
  • Make you feel emotions or moods when you study it, such as saf, scared, tired or happy.
  • It must have a single word ‘VIncent’ written in cursive on the painting

How did we do?

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