As part of the Literacy topic on Katie Morag this Autumn, Year 2 children have been designing and making their own vehicles in Design and Technology lessons. We started by looking at a range of vehicles and identifying their different purposes, such as emergency, work, transport or leisure.
Next, we drew diagrams of different vehicles that would be used on Katie's Island of Struay. Then, we began to design our own purposeful vehicles, such as a tractor for Katie's Grannie, or a post van to deliver the mail. Year 2 drew detailed labelled diagrams to show the main parts of a vehicle: wheels and axles, chassis and body. Making our models involved sawing wooden dowel for axles and understanding how to join an axle to a chassis, so that the wheels can still move freely.
We then used junk boxes to build the vehicle body and finally painted extra details on, such as windows and words. All our models move well and look brilliant!
Autumn 2 Modern Lamps for Florence
This Design and Technology topic involved researching the life of Florence Nightingale and making lamps that used electricity.
First, we looked at the Turkish lanterns that Florence used, to check on her injured patients in the Scutari hospital and compared these to modern lights. Next, we had great fun investigating electrical circuits to make bulbs light up and learned how to make switches to control the flow of electricity. Although it was initially quite tricky, the children then used their measuring skills to make paper lanterns, which acted as covers for the plastic cups holding the electrical circuits. Finally, the paper lanterns were decorated and the lamps assembled. I am really proud of the children's finished lamps!
Arts Award - Artist Workshop Day 12/1/15
For the Spring term, Year 2 are working towards their Arts Award "Discover" certificates. This award involves the children taking part in a variety of arts activities, finding out about artists and their work, and finally sharing their arts discovery with others. We will be holding an exhibition in the afternoon on Wednesday 18th March to share all our work, and everyone is very welcome to come.
We started our topic based on "Collage Dreams" by looking at the work of the local collage artist, Steve Coley. This was followed by our Artist Workshop Day when Steve came to visit, giving us an opportunity to view his work first-hand, make collages with him and ask him questions about his career.
It was an extremely enjoyable day for everyone involved and lots of the children said that it was the first time that they had actually worked with an artist, so it was an exciting experience for them.
After looking at Steve's collages, he demonstrated how to create a mini mixed-media collage, using various paper scraps and glue, based on one colour only. He then explained that collages are like jigsaws in that you play with the pieces, until they "fit" and you like what you see!
After Year 2 had made their own mini collages, they were inspired and more confident to tackle larger collages about themselves and things they liked.
To finish-off the collages, we then drew pictures with coloured biro pens on tissue paper and glued these over the top of their collages.
As you can see in the photos below, their final creations were stunning!
Arts Award - Collage Dreams 7.3.15
At present, Year 2 are compiling their mixed media collages for the Arts Award Exhibition on Wednesday 18th March, which will contribute to the "Presentation" criteria for the Award.
As part of the "Discover" criteria, we have investigated paintings by Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as the cut-out collages of Henri Matisse. Year 2 were able to describe how these images were dream-like, expressing the artists' emotions and imagination. They described what they liked and how the artists had used colour, shape and pattern.
We then looked at pastel and pencil book illustrations by Anthony Browne and Raymond Briggs, comparing the effectiveness of the different media (substance used to create an artwork) used by these artists. The children were able to identify how Browne and Briggs build-up layered images for the background, middle-ground and foreground.
The "Explore" criteria of the Award is the best bit, where the children have the opportunity to try out different media and take part in a variety of activities! So far, we have used the emotional, dream-like skies of Van Gogh, to inspire our own colourful, patterned backgrounds, blended together using soft pastels. Anthony Browne's imaginative trees have sparked ideas for middle-ground images, which the children have created in paint. Our last activity will involve drawing details in pencils and cutting them out, like Matisse, to add our foreground layers.
Finally, using techniques taught by our visiting artist, Steve Coley, we will combine all our "jigsaw" images and create our collage arrangements.
As you can see in the photos below, we're all having great fun and I look forward to meeting you at the exhibition on Wednesday 18th March, from 3.00pm onwards, in the school hall.
Young Overseal Artists Award a great success!
Year 2's finished multi-media collages were excellent and they presented their work to each other and families confidently. What stars you are Year 2! Well done!
Thank-you to everyone who came to Year 2's exhibition and for writing comments in books. I am presently assessing the children's work, and am looking forward to presenting them with their well-earned certificates soon!
Summer term 1 - Design and Technology - African Animal Puppets
This topic is linked to the Geography topic on Africa.
First, the children listened to the story by Giles Andreae, "Giraffes Can't Dance," which introduced a variety of African animals. We looked at photos and described some of the animal's characteristics, such as having tusks made from ivory, or being a herbivore. Year 2 chose an animal and drew their design on a paper pattern template. Then we investigated a variety of different puppets, which included finger puppets, glove puppets and marionettes, to see how they were made. Next, we experimented with different ways of joining fabrics, such as gluing, taping and sewing. After selecting colours for a felt base, the children made their glove puppets by sewing the edges together and then adding details for features.
We now have a class zoo of African animal puppets, which include elephants, meerkats, monkeys, chameleons and crocodiles!