We have just got to the first break of the day and so far, so good. The children have created their base layers for the mask using Papier-mâché layering technique. We had to make sure that they were double and even triple layered to ensure that they would be stable enough to hold the features. We also had to make sure that there were no gaps. We have just started the facial features which we have practised twice already. We are going to learn from our mistakes and ensure that they are thick enough and that we don’t rush.
Today, we celebrated our Christmas dinner in the most unconventional approach I have seen in my time at Kexborough Primary School. This is understandable but it did not stop us from having a fantastic time as you can see by the pictures below.
On the afternoon of 2nd December, all classes across school took part in our Christmas Door Decorating Afternoon. All the children (and staff!) had a fantastically festive afternoon, listening to Christmas songs and making decorations to display on their classroom doors. The end results look amazing and have definitely made Kexborough Primary look a little more festive!
A big thankyou to all the staff and children for their hard work and ambitious designs!
Today, we have completed a similar lesson to last week and made the features for our masks again. We have hopefully learned from our mistakes last week and will make sure that we improve in certain areas this week. We need to make sure that our features are large enough to be seen and that no tin foil is showing. We also need to make sure that we are not using too much mixture. The one other difference is that last week, we used a mixture of flour and water but this week, we are using water and PVA glue. I wonder which one will be the best… Ask your child and they will give you their opinion.
Today, we have been exploring the skills and techniques needed for using papier-mâché. We are learning about Greek theatre masks and we are building the skills needed to make our own. We have been using papier-mâché to creating the features for the masks. The features have to be very large to ensure that when they were acting, people at the back of the theatres would be able to see them. Hopefully, the children were not too messy when they came home today. Say to say, the same can’t be said about the tables at school. Thanks as ever to my super helpers for getting everything set up and put away!
On Friday, our class was able to come to school in non-uniform. We all brought in £1 and the money went towards Children in Need. This is a fantastic charity and our school gets behind it every year. Well done to all children who dressed up in some fantastic outfits. Thank you for your generosity and your creativity.
This week, we have joined back as a full class for our morning learning. This has been really enjoyable and it has been fantastic for me, as a teacher, to be able to see all of the abilities that the children have especially those children that I don’t normally see on a morning. The children have been fantastic with this change to routine and behaviour, on the whole, has been very impressive. Keep it up!
Over the past two weeks, the children have been analysing, creating and performing their own version of a “Sound Collector” poem which was originally written by Roger McGough. They have really enjoyed this and we have linked this to sounds that could be heard at school. They have been learning about different verbs, syllables and rhyme. Well done to all of the children that took part!
A club where we can share our love of reading with our friends and classmates, whenever and wherever; during our lunch breaks, at playtime, afterschool anywhere that we feel comfortable. Reading for pleasure is great way to learn new vocabulary, stretch our imagination, learn about what inspired the author(s) to write the books and dazzle at the amazing artwork the illustrators use to bring stories and book covers alive.
Did you know that over 10,000 NEW children’s books are published each year in the UK?
The Week Junior (theweekjunior.co.uk) is an award-winning current affairs magazine for children aged 8–14. Filled with fascinating news and engaging information, it feeds curious young minds and helps children make sense of the world. Features include news from around the world, debates, interesting information about people who have made a difference, facts about animals and the environment, new discoveries in science and technology, such as the invention by Gravity Industries who’s latest invention includes a ‘jet suit which can generate up to 1,050 horsepower – the same power as a Ferrari FXX-K supercar’, enabling a man to fly!!’
The magazines also promotes its own book club showcasing NEW books like ‘The Beast and the Bethany‘ by Jack Meggitt-Phillips. Illustrated by Isabelle Follath. The book was published on 1st October 2020.
Mrs Cook is looking forward to sharing this book with Year 4, next week. With lots of twists and turns, this weird and wacky story is funny and delightfully dark, with hints of authors Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket.
The Week Junior are giving away five copies of The Beast and the Bethany. For a chance to win a copy, just send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org and put BEAST in the subject line. Closing date: midnight on Friday 23 October. See theweekjunior.co.uk/terms for rules. No purchase of the magazine is necessary.
Our ‘BOOKFLIX’ display is an exciting corner in the classroom. This is where Y4 children can search and browse reading material to engage their imaginations choosing from:
New releases. Recently added. Trending now.
Last week the class were given an exclusive sampler of SHOE WARS written by the multi-million bestselling author and illustrator Liz Pichon (who likes shoes not war). An introduction from Liz in the front cover explained how she’s very excited that we will get to read the first chapter of her brand new book.
She goes on to explain how it is set in SHOE TOWN and features a whole host of footastic (new word) characters and plenty of shoes with gadgets. She said she had a lot of fun inventing and drawing all of them. And that she really hopes they SPARK our imagination and that we enjoy stepping into SHOE WARS.
In a class discussion a week later we discovered that the book would be launched on 15th October 2020. Mrs Cook introduced the class to a weekly publication called ‘The Junior Weekly‘. In the magazine Liz Pichon explained how she was inspired to write SHOE WARS. Based on the real-life story of brothers Adolf and Rudolf Dassler. For years the two lived and worked together, making shoes in a small German town. However, after an argument in 1948 they started rival companies. The brands the Dassiers set up were Adidas and Puma – two of the world’s biggest shoe companies. Liz’s adventure story is about Ruby and Bear Foot, who live in Shoe Town. They must stop villainous Wendy Wedge from finding their dad’s new invention – a pair of flying shoes…