This autumn, the whole school had chance to learn how to draw portraits of their favourite characters. Kerry Cook, from the Sunderland Art Rooms, held a workshop for each year to teach the children the skills they need to produce effective portraits.
As part of their topic this term, Year 5 & 6 spent the morning cooking traditional Mayan food. They made tortillas from scratch and also hot chocolate made with cocoa. The best part of the day, after they had cleaned up, was tasting their hard work!
Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a full day with Theatre Space this November to find out more about the Mayan Civilisation. They took part in drama as well as arts and crafts. See some of our photographs below.
Year 5 and Year 6 visited Bowes Museum to take part in a Discover Arts Award workshop. They looked at the work of Sunderland artist Jo Howell and then explored her technique of cyanotype printing. They had lots of fun in the play area at lunchtime and watched the famous mechanical silver swan before returning to school.
Years 4-6 had a fun morning using different items of junk to make models. They thought about their design and what they wanted the out come to be. See if you can tell what some of them are?
The RNLI came to visit the school to teach us all about water safety. We learnt lots of hints and tips to keep safe around water and found out the best way to manage cold water shock if we ever fell into water. Some children also had the chance to dress up as Lifeguards!
Some of year 4, 5 and 6 have been learning about what skills you might need if you were stranded somewhere to keep safe. We explored how to make clean water from a stream, river or ocean. We also researched what foods were safe to eat in the wild. We talked about protecting ourselves not only from the weather but also any animals that might prey on us.
We designed and then made a shelter that would protect us and learnt about two methods to make fire to help us cook, keep warm and also ward off animals and insects.
We ended the session with BBQ sausages and toasted marshmallows (which we know wouldn’t be available if we were stranded)!
As part of our themed week on the Great Outdoors, we have been tending to our sensory garden.
After a few days of bad weather, it finally cleared and we got back into our garden. There is still lots of things to do but it is looking better already and we even have some potatoes planted!
We have been working hard to pull out the weeds and plant beautiful flowers in their place.
On Shrove Tuesday, year 5/6 researched where the idea of Pancake Day came from and why it is an important even in the Christian Calendar. They discussed the meaning of Lent and what they might try and do differently or give up during that time. Once all work was completed, the children tried some pancakes.
On Friday 8th March, the Rota Kids team organised and ran a fundraising afternoon to raise money for the NSPCC. Amongst the activities were face painting decorate a biscuit and a treasure hunt. Each class had the opportunity to have a try at each activity. A great deal of fun was had by all and they raised a considerable amount of money in the process. Well done everyone!