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.

Deforestation in the Amazon

Over the half term, Year 3’s Cypress class produced some amazing posters about Deforestation in the Amazon. They needed to research it and then present it in a poster format. They include information about how we can reduce our impact on the Amazon and other rainforests. The children will be starting to put these ideas into practice at school and at home. They will also be using their research to write a persuasive letter about how the Prime Minister should do something to stop the alarming rate that the Amazon is being destroyed!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Magnolia had a great time acting in the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare. We enjoyed learning about the issues between the confusing love triangles.  It was great to see that they got many laughs from their comedy play.

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Role-playing Hamlet!

Cedar class have been really busy learning the story of Hamlet and trying to get into role by doing lots of character descriptions and role play. We have just finished all of our productions and we have loved it. There could definitely be some future actors among us!

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The Golden Age of Baghdad!

Last term, in year 3, we were learning about Early Mesopotamia and to finish our topic, we looked at the Golden City, Baghdad. Over the Easter break we kept busy making amazing recreations the city in different media. Here are some of our amazing projects.


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We presented our work to the class with lots of interesting and key facts about the city.

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Did you know they had the House of Wisdom where scholars gathered more information? What amazing knowledge do you have?