The Lion King

Year 3 had a great time watching The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre on Wednesday 21st June. We really loved the music, learnt a lot about the Savannah and were inspired by the acting we saw by each and every one of the characters!

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have a look at our reviews of the performance.

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Impressionism in Year 5

In Year 5 we looked at the French Impressionist artist, Monet, who was famous for his painting Waterlillies. Impressionism was an art movement that began in France in the mid-19th century that showed snapshots of what everyday life was like. Impressionism captured a real moment instead of painting historical or romanticised scenes. The Impressionist artists painted in a way that was quick, using dabs of paint instead of the fine brushstrokes of the Academics. Light in works of art was also very important to Impressionists.

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Using paints, we created our own impressionist piece of artwork using small dabs of paint.  We created landscape paintings.

The African Art of Edward Tingatinga

As part of our topic on Africa, we looked at African art. Although African artwork can be very different, cultural and tribal, there is a common theme which is the abundant use of bright colours and animal and nature inspired. We looked at Tingatinga art which originated in Tanzania by the artist Edward Saidi Tingatinga in 1968. Edward began his work painting under a Baobab tree. His work consisted of bright, bold colours, simplistic designs, inspired by his surroundings.  Unfortunately he lived a short life, to the age of 35. After his death, painters who learned about his painting styles and techniques taught many others and the style spread across the world. Today, some children’s TV programs are based on the paintings by Edward Tingatinga.

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We created our own Tingatinga inspired artwork. We had to use vibrant, eye-catching colours and think about our artwork’s composition. We used pencil, pen and watercolours.

Persian Rugs and Islamic Geometric Patterns

As part of our learning on Islam, we looked at Persian rugs which are heavily based on geometric patterns. We created our own Persians rugs by weaving. We began making our loom by creating lengthwise warp yarns. We then created weft threads by taking different coloured yarn and inserting it over-and-under the warp threads.

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Sunflowers by Van Gogh and Year 1

In Year 1 we studied the artist Van Gogh, who was a brilliant Dutch painter born on 30th March 1853. Van Gogh is famous for painting expressive portraits, self-portraits, landscapes and still lifes with oil paints. He created more than 2,100 pieces of art during his lifetime! We studied one of his most famous paintings, Sunflowers, painted in 1888. We then created our own sunflower inspired painting. We had to think about colour, composition and texture.

Van Gogh created more than 2,100 pieces of art during his lifetime! We studied one of his most famous paintings, Sunflowers, painted in 1888. We then created our own sunflower inspired painting. We had to think about colour, composition and texture.

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Amazing African Masks in Year 2

In Year 2 we looked at African masks. We learnt that African societies make wooden masks for religious and cultural ceremonies. We looked at their beautiful colours, patterns and designs.

We then created our own African masks with paints and craft materials; pipe cleaners, stickers and wool.  We also used tissue paper and glue to add texture to our masks.

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Hallfield at the Saatchi Gallery!

A group of Hallfield children visited the Saatchi Gallery, where they had a look round the ‘From Selfie to Self-Expression’ exhibition. Children looked at self-portraits through art history – The Old Masters, self-portraits and selfies in Modern Art, the digital world of self-portraits and the Iconic celebrity selfies of our time.

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Children also had a workshop with an artist in residence, where they explored the work of Andy Warhol and then created their own Andy Warhol style self-portraits by printing with Styrofoam and paint. Children pressed their faces onto the Styrofoam board and then printed their images onto paper.

CREATE – transforming lives, inspiring creativity

Our partner charity CREATE arranged for us to have an experience we will never forget.  A musician came to our school to help us create a number of songs that we then performed in front of a large audience within an amazing space – The Design Museum!  Our parents came to watch us perform our songs as we watched them burst with pride!

Here is our story by Sophie (Year 3)

This is the chorus:

Design design design
I cant wait to design design design
Design and you will shine
I want to design design design ​

Report writing by Year 6

Year 6 have been writing non-chronological reports. Here are some of their lovely pieces of writing.’ The pieces of writing are by Daliya and Bilal in year 6.

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