Happy New Year and welcome back for another term of new discoveries!
In our new topic, we will be finding out about the life of the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh, looking at some of the paintings he created and the techniques he used. By sharing a range of biographical texts and fiction, based on Van Gogh and his art work, there will be lots of opportunities to write in diary form, as well as to consolidate our skills at writing non-fiction texts. In addition, we will be reading a selection of poetry and composing our own poems, based on some of Van Gogh’s paintings.
Through our learning, we will try to find answers to the questions below:
Who was Vincent Van Gogh?
When did he live and how did this time compare to now?
Where did he live and what was it like?
What were his most famous pictures?
What materials did he use to create his pictures?
What were his inspirations?
How can we use colour and different brush strokes, to recreate Van Gogh’s artistic style?
What new vocabulary do we need to know, to help us describe Van Gogh’s work and contribution to the world of art?
Can Van Gogh’s paintings inspire us to write poems?
Research and make a fact file about an artist friend of Van Gogh’s, to share with the class.
Draw a plan or picture of your own bedroom.
Pretend you are Van Gogh, and write a letter to your brother, Theo, describing your latest painting. What is it of? Where did you paint it? What colours have you used? Was it difficult to do? Are you pleased with it?
Make a collage picture of a sunflower.
How was Van Gogh’s bedroom different to your bedroom?
Look at two of Van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings and discuss what is the same and what is different about them.
Which of Van Gogh’s paintings is your favourite? Why?
What things do you think Van Gogh enjoyed painting most? What makes you think this?
Would you like to be one of the people in The Potato Eaters? Explain why you would or wouldn’t.
A Warm Welcome to Opal Class!
As the new teacher in Opal Class, I am looking forward to meeting everybody soon, and to helping the children to settle back into school. In the meantime, please take a peek at the new video on Facebook, where you will be able to see the classroom, and find out what the children can expect when they arrive on Thursday.
This term, the children will be working on a series of sessions designed to support them in sharing and processing their experiences from the lockdown period, as well as gradually reintroducing the learning behaviours that they will need to accelerate their learning back in school.
During each theme, the children will complete work on all areas of the curriculum with an emphasis on the creative arts – look out for our completed projects in the school grounds!
The children will also be working on their key writing and mathematics skills, through our carefully planned transition and recovery curriculum.
We just wanted to send you a little update about reading in Opal Class, and to request your continued support with regards to reading at home with your child. You will have seen that we have given your child a new reading diary in the last few days. It would be really helpful, if you could make a note in here, each time your child reads their book to you. We will be changing the reading books on a Friday and will be looking at your feedback in the diaries then. Any child who has read to their parent or carer five times during a week, will be able to add their name to our class Regis Readers display board. In addition, we will be rewarding them with a piece of ribbon, which they can attach to their reading rainbow key ring. The ribbon will be of a different colour, each time they receive one, allowing them to build a rainbow of colours on their key ring. Reading at home is such an important part of the learning process, and our hope is, that these incentives will motivate your child to want to do this even more! Many thanks. Emma Tremellen
Autumn Term 2
What can you make out of different materials?
As you can see, this term, our topic is all about everyday materials, focusing on the question, ‘What can you make out of different materials?’ We will be learning about some of the materials used to make the things around us, and exploring their properties through our investigations. We will use what we have learnt to make an item which we have all needed when we were younger! Our work will generate opportunities for writing fact files and reports.
P.E. lessons will still take place on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Please come dressed for P.E. on those days.
In our topic, we will be trying to find answers to the following questions:
What materials can we find in the world around us?
How can we compare these materials and sort them into groups?
How do everyday materials look, feel and behave?
How can we represent what we have discovered, clearly and concisely?
What happens to a material when it comes into contact with water?
How does heat change a material?
Are all materials strong?
Where does paper come from?
Who has made exciting discoveries about materials in the past?
How can we use what we have learnt to design and make something useful?