25 May 2008

Watercolour Painting

Here are some of the watercolour techniques I needed to think about in order to produce this amazing painting:

Choose a broad brush and use it to wash the paper with water
Switch to a finer brush; wet it and then dab it dry on a paper towel
Select a colour, starting with the palest
Look closely at the colours and shapes you see
Add a bit of detail to show flowers or leaves
Try not to leave any of the paper blank
Dab the last of the water off with the paper towel
Leave it in the sun to dry

Why not come to the classroom and take a closer look at my painting? I would love to know what you think of it.

09 May 2008

Sketching at Chateau de Penthes

Yesterday we took our clipboards, some stiff white cartridge paper and a 3B drawing pencil to Chateau de Penthes. We were going to do some sketching.

I decided to draw the view of the trees. Take a look at my sketch.

How do you think it compares with the real thing?

24 April 2008

Cave Painting (or drawing on the white chalk with a blackboard)

During our Unit of Inquiry on Materials, we started reading the book, 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King. Stig is a caveman who lives at the bottom of an old quarry close to Barney's grandmother's house. Barney finds Stig one day when he falls through the roof of Stig's den. They become friends, even though they cannot talk to each other.

Since the quarry is no longer in use, people throw all their rubbish away down there; Stig is good at finding new ways in which to use old things.

On the same day that they cut down an enormous tree (getting warm once in the process) and then use it to start a fire (getting warm for the second time) Stig picks up a piece of charred wood and uses it to draw an amazing hunting scene on the chalk wall of the den.

Then we had a go at using charcoal and chalks to make our own hunting scene. We dusted the paper with charcoal powder and smudged it to give it a greyish background. Then we used charcoal and chalk to make our scene.

"I like yours because the of the animals' eyes and the blood," said Tanmay

23 April 2008

Tuesday Newsday - Where in the World?

With our current unit in mind, this week we tried to tell 'Where in the World' our news happened.

"In Bath, in the south west of England a European tree frog called Popeye has survived for days trapped inside a bag of spinach in the refrigerator! He was hiding inside a leaf."

12 April 2008

Mapping the school

We asked ourselves; how can we show what our school looks like? After taking a walk around the school, we had a go at trying to make a record of everything; from the classrooms to the kitchen, the music room to the French rooms and the library.

Take a look at mine. "It was a little bit tricky. I drew the stairs first because later it might be hard to do the stairs. I got the difficult bit done first. I missed out Class 1i but I think I did a good job."

How does it compare with the real thing?

28 February 2008

Fabric Cards

Invented by Dangi, Tanmay and Matthew

Rules: No peeking
Go clockwise

. Spread the cards out
. Turn them over so you only see the green

. Put the blindfold on
. Choose two cards
. If they are the same, you keep them
. If they are different you put them back
. Then it is somebody else’s turn
. When all the cards are gone the game is over
. The winner is the one with the most pairs


This is my book and its title is 'The Study of Science'. I got it in India. The unit here is on plants. First it has a list of plants. Then it says how plants are useful. It says which trees give us wood.

The book is made out of paper which comes from a tree!

This is a plane that I made yesterday.

It's made out of paper. Paper is good for planes because it kind of floats in the air.