Mrs Thornton

Colchester Castle Romans Fun!

by | 5 May 2022 | History, News, Visits, Woodpeckers

On Tuesday 17th May, the children in Woodpeckers class loaded the double decker bus and set off excitedly for Colchester Castle (although I think they were more excited to spot Macdonalds on the way!) The children went underground into the old Roman vaults and learnt all about Boudicca, The Celts and their revolt. The children […]

Woodpeckers Class Assembly

by | 5 May 2022 | News, Woodpeckers

Tuesday 10th May was the turn of The Woodpeckers to share their work with parents and the rest of the school for their class assembly. The children retold the story of The Ant And The Grasshopper using actions and performing in unison. They showed off their brilliant dip dye fabric prints and acted out some […]

Still Life Drawing Inspired by Pattan’s Pumpkin

by | 2 Feb 2022 | News

This week the Artists in Woodpeckers class have been using their knowledge of mark making techniques to create texture and tone to sketch their own still life drawings. In the centre of the classroom Mrs Thornton put together a Pattan’s Pumpkin inspired still life display and the children sat in a circle around it. The […]

Artistic responses to a story

by | 2 Feb 2022 | Art & Design, English, News, Woodpeckers

For our Art topic this half term we have been exploring different types of marks and using them to respond to different stimuli. Today we listened to the story of Pattan’s Pumpkin and applied our learning of different mark making. As artists, we used paint to create different types of mark in our paintings. We […]

A Royal Declaration.

by | 2 Feb 2022 | History, News, Woodpeckers

The children in Woodpeckers class have been learning about The British Empire. They have learnt about the British trading triangle between England, Africa and India. They took part in a class discussion about how the slave trade began and their opinion on it. We looked at how it still has some influence today and why […]

Mark Making in Art

by | 2 Feb 2022 | Art & Design, News, Woodpeckers

On Tuesday 11th January the children in Woodpecker class were tasked with using different tools to create particular types of mark. The children used straws, thick and thin paint brushes, glue spreaders, sticks, pipe cleaners and cutlery to experiment with creating different types of mark such as ‘thick’, ‘thin’, ‘wavy’, ‘jagged’ , shiny’ etc. The […]

Exploring Puppets

by | 11 Nov 2021 | News

This half term in D.T the children in Woodpeckers class are learning about puppets! Last week they learned about the different types of puppet and what they are made from. This week they made their own finger puppets from paper and craft materials. The children really enjoyed creating their finger puppets and handling the different […]

Stone Age Pottery

by | 10 Oct 2021 | Art & Design, History, News, Woodpeckers

This half term, the children in Woodpeckers class have enjoyed learning about The Stone Age. In Art we have looked at Stone Age cave art, drawings and pottery. This week we made our own Stone Age pots and bowls and used natural objects to help make patterns on them. We used our finger nails, sticks, […]

Stone Age Cave Art

by | 10 Oct 2021 | Art & Design, History, News, Woodpeckers

This half term the children in Woodpecker class have been learning about The Stone Age. In Art, we have been looking at prehistoric cave art. Stone age cave art consisted mainly of hunter gatherers, bush men and animals. The children used tracing paper to help them draw some outlines of prehistoric animals and hunters for […]

Dissecting Daffodils

by | 3 Mar 2020 | News

This week,  the Woodpeckers have been learning about the different parts and functions of a flower. They were able to be real scientists and work together to dissect daffodils to reveal the hidden parts of a flower! The children were amazed to see the baby seeds from inside the nectary and really enjoyed separating the […]

Investigating the Transportation of Water

by | 3 Mar 2020 | News, Science, Woodpeckers

This half term, the Woodpeckers have been learning about the names and functions of the different parts of a plant (and what they need to grow well). In one of the lessons, they focused on the stem and learnt that its job is to transport water to the leaves. We wanted to find out if […]

Egyptian Death Mask Making in DT

by | 2 Feb 2020 | Art & Design, History, News, Woodpeckers

The Woodpeckers have been creating death masks in DT. The children took inspiration from Tutankhamun’s death mask when designing their own. They created their masks by covering a balloon with paper mache, cutting it in half and attaching a cardboard head dress. The children used paper mache for the nose, and painted on Egyptian makeup […]