"Learning Takes off Here!" is the focus heading for the children in Class 6 this term, and we began the year enjoying the thrill and silent flight over the Wolds - experiencing the graceful and exhilarating pursuit of gliding.
Our experience in the air led us to investigate the effects of air resistance linked to seeds in nature as well as how vultures and eagles in the Americas use the thermals above the mountains.
As part of our science work we plan to use our school's wildlife area to investigate the natural wildlife and raise questions about how and why animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
Flight takes us to many places. How are these places linked and how do we navigate the globe.................areas yet to be investigated. Watch this space!
After our experience up in the glider - and on the theme of landscapes, we developed ideas discussing shapes and patterns of land use. To begin with we looked at artists who use shape and pattern in their work and then concentrated on developing our individual landscapes.
Below is Chay's interpretation of what he could see in his abstract landscape...
The cooling towers are lined up in rows like gates in front of a house. They stand tall, fingers on a giant’s hand. Hot steam pours out of them, rushing and escaping into the deepness of the sky.
There’s a stranded island screaming to find something or someone to meet. It’s all alone. Surrounded by dangerous seas, not allowing any escape. The island reminds me of a boat circled by sharks.
A tornado like shape crashes and destroys its surroundings, turning everything to fire. It’s crushing and tumbling, destroying and wrecking, demolishing and ruining. The landscape, demolished by a giant’s slingshot.
The sea eats the sweets on the seashore, devouring them one by one, burping after its meal with enjoyment. Stranded, alone in the sea, the island can smell gas and steps away offended.
The next step was interpreting landscapes through the use of textiles, creating a collage to experiment with textures.