Category Archives: Art

Arts Week: Applying grayscale effects using digital media

During today’s digital media lesson, Year 5 Kestrels edited photos they took earlier in the week.

They used photo editing software to manipulate the photos to resemble the same style as their artist for art week – Ansel Adams.

The focussed on editing their photos to have the following features:
– Grayscale (black and white)
– Dark black edges
– Extra white tones in white areas

In yesterday’s lesson, Kestrels found our Ansel Adams is a photographer who works with black and white photos and usually captures events of nature.

Children’s work

Jamie and Callum



Arts Week: Ansel Adams

Today Year 5 were introduced to their artist for art week – Ansel Adams. They discussed how he is a photographer who works with black and white photos and usually captures events of nature.

They then completed a couple of activities using Ansel Adams as inspiration. One consisted of painting with a piece of string and the other was creating patterned landscapes. Both of these activities were completed in a grey scale theme. The children had lots of fun and produced some really fantastic work!


In Art, Year 5 have started a unit based on collage. We started by discussing what collage is and looking at the work of Henri Matisse. We then moved onto the artist Beatriz Milhazes. We have discussed and evaluated her work before having a go at a piece ourselves! In today’s lesson we completed our backgrounds made of lots of rectangular shapes and made our collage apps, ready for stamping on top!

Activities at Turves Green

Today the boys and girls went to visit Turves Green secondary school. The girls day was packed full of fun activities.

We started with a cooking lesson, where the girls all learnt how to bake cookies (most of them went for chocolate chip!). The girls were brilliant at following the instructions given and even had a go at washing up their equipment at the end of session.

We then had a little break with drinks and snacks before moving onto the next lesson which was Art. The teacher told the children all about tie-dying and it’s history. The children then completed tie-dying, but with tissue paper rather than fabric, it worked brilliantly!

Finally, we all went outside and watched a small science experiment, it consisted of bottles and foam arrows being suited in the air, it was real fun to watch!

Overall the girls had a fabulous day, they had a brilliant time and behaved sensibly at all times. Well done girls!

Superhero Mrs Sabir!

Today wasn’t a good day. Today was a sad day. Today we said goodbye to Mrs Sabir.

All of the children and adults are going to miss her.

She has helped us all in so many varied ways this year. Not only has she taught us throughout the year, bringing fun to our learning, but she also is always there to listen. If ever we struggle with things in school or at home she is there for us. She listens, offers advice and helps us through our problems.

This year wouldn’t have been the same without her.

To celebrate how brilliant she is, we created our own versions of Mrs Sabir the super-hero.

We really hope to see her again soon. It is good though to know that she will be able to spend more time with her children from now on.

Line drawing

Year 5 looked at line drawings today. We learnt about different pencil types and what effect they could have on our drawings.

The children then experimented with a variety of pencils looking at different effects that can be made.

The effects were easy to see and some soon began to choose certain pencils for their effect.

Mrs Sabir could hear lots of praise being given to each other for their efforts, in their curiosity of the medium, experimenting and practicing.

Well done Kestrels.