Today we looked at Wassily Kandinsky's 'Squares with Concentric Circles' artwork and imitated his style using bright colours and watercolour pencils to create our own Valentine's hearts.
This week we have been thinking about arguments for and against the question
‘Should penguins be kept in zoos?’
After watching videos of penguins in zoos being dressed up and used to entertain people in a parade and another video of them in their natural habitat of the Polar Regions, we came up with lots of interesting points to share in our discussions which we drew on our posters.
We had a fantastic afternoon learning about how polar animals survive and keep warm in the freezing cold temperatures, icy water and wind using the blubber glove experiment.
When we put our hands into the bowl of frozen ice, they quickly got too cold and we had to take them out of the bowl but when we put our hands inside the bag of lard and then into the frozen ice we discovered that we couldn’t feel the cold temperature of the ice. This is because the lard acted like the polar animal’s blubber and kept our hands warm.
After seeing a picture of The Northern Lights in one of our non-fiction books, we have all been really eager to learn about them!
Today we learnt that they are bright, dancing streams of luminous colours including purple, green, red and yellow that can be seen in the night sky. They are so beautiful that lots of people like to go and see them when they are on holiday in the Arctic and the Northern Lights are one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.
Here are some photos of our beautiful artwork.
Today we had a fantastic football taster session. We developed our dribbling skills, penguin feet passing skills and played lots of new games like traffic lights and body ball.
We have been very busy this afternoon making our own weather station. We have included weather instruments which measure different things.
This afternoon we had a fantastic Lego Robotics Workshop with Mr Hunter from Junior Stem.
We designed and built our own spinning robotic machines using Lego and used the 'mousey motor', Bluetooth smart hub and the Lego We Do app to use coding and computer programming to write an algorithm that we used to control our robotic machines.
Well done Year 1! Great technology, computing and engineering skills.