Creating with Clay.

As we come towards the end of our Toys topic, we have been sculpting teddy bears out of clay.  To start with, we linked it to our science learning, looking at the effect of pushes and pulls on the clay.  We explored how to shape and mark the clay, using our hands and a variety of tools.  In another lesson, we were taught how to join pieces of clay by cross-hatching the edges of the two pieces to be joined and then creating ‘slip’ out of clay and water.  When applied to the two pieces, the slip creates a strong join (although we have leant that we need to practise more if we want our joins to be permanent!).  Our models will be on display in our Memorable Event Museum … we hope to see you there!

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Ramps, Ramps, Ramps.

What a lot of fun we had whilst investigating the impact of the height of ramps on the distance travelled by a toy car.  We linked this with our work on measuring length in maths.  It was a fantastic learning experience, enjoyed by all!

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Coppelia Ballet Workshop with Miss Simpson.

Our current topic is Toys.  This week, we have read the story of Coppelia and were fascinated by the inventor, Dr Coppelius.  He invented lots of toys and robots.  We were able to watch a performance of the ballet, thinking carefully about how the story was told without words.  Following this, we were lucky enough to be visited by Miss Simpson, a ballerina and ballet teacher.  She told us all about ballet dancers and how strong they need to be.  It was fascinating to watch her stand on the points of her ballet shoes.  Miss Simpson helped us to think about how we could use our bodies to retell a section of the story.  It was a fabulous workshop and it made us realis

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e just how difficult it is to be a dancer!