Monthly Archives: June 2018

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!

Computing workshop

Year 5 Kestrels had a very productive Computing workshop this morning. Parents joined the class to work with them on coding in Scratch. The class really showed their skills, remembering all the key words and knowing how to code.

The children had a fun task of making the sprite (the cat) move around the maze until the route to the apple was found.

Children had to use their skills, of debugging, to ensure the commands they entered, worked.

Thank you to all the parents who attended. It was a valuable opportunity for the children to share their knowledge and work together.

Swinging pendulums.

This afternoon in Science, the children created swinging pendulums. We were investigating whether the pendulum having a longer or shorter string would affect the number times it would swing in a certain amount of time. We found out that the pendulums with longer string could swing a greater number of times, but the pendulums with the shorter string could complete swings quicker.

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!