Art Activities

This week we have two art activities for you to try.

Activity 1: Ice Cube Icebergs

This is a little follow up to the iceberg/ stormy sea art we did last week .

I still had the frozen paint and really liked the patterns it had frozen into . I thought the cubes looked like little icebergs!

So using the iPad I took photos of them as they melted onto paper. My kitchen was warm so they melted fast!

You could take some photos using your ice cubes or make a collage using different pictures. When the ice was melted I used my fingers to pull the paint into different patterns – I still have blue fingers! You could use a cocktail stick or a fork or something else.

Remember to warm your hands up afterwards.

Activity 2: Northern Lights

There have been several sightings of the Northern Lights over the last couple of days and I loved the pictures I saw reported online and in the papers. I wanted us to have a go at making an impressionistic rendition of this wonderful natural phenomenon.

Have a little warm up by wiggling and shoogling as before – get someone to help if you like.

Concentrate on the visual stimuli in the picture below – they are beautiful pictures and really show Scotland off! Really look at the colours!

For this one I’ve used paint with a brush and with a sponge to print. You may want to use a resist technique (as we have done before) with crayons and watercolour. Chalks would also work really well. For the foreground, you could rip paper or cut out shapes and stick these on. You might like to splatter white paint on at the last stage for stars in the sky (remember to pull your fingers towards you across your brush or you will splatter yourself!) Whatever you decide to try , remember that the process is more important than the end product. Really explore the materials and media that you have to work with whatever they are!

Give it a go and let me know how you get on !

What have you learned about? Colour, impression. wet on wet painting, personal choice, printing, process

Home Economics Activities

This week, we have a recipe for pizza that you can try making at home.

No Yeast Pizza

If you like this recipe, here are some other pizzas recipes you might like to try.

Quick Pitta Pizzas:

Tortilla Pizzas:

Muffin Pizza

We would love to see how you get on with you Home Economics activities so please feel free to share any photos or videos via your child’s teacher, through Google Classroom, or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary)

Art Activities: Ice Painting

For this piece of art, you will need to start organising the day before.

You will need:

  • Blue, black and white paint or food colouring. If you are using food colouring you could mix up a little cornflour to make lighter tints, gravy browning or marmite to make darker shades. Be creative as you like!
  • Brush,
  • Ice cube tray
  • White paper

Mix up shades tones and tints of blue and freeze these in an ice cube tray.

This is a chilly piece of work inspired by stormy seas and icebergs so you will be glad you warmed up before you start!

Remember to warm up your hands and eyes before you start. Look up and down, and side to side, watch your fingers as you touch your nose, your fingertips and the top of your head. Waggle your hands and elbows! Someone might be able to help you to warm up.

Then organise your materials. You will need the shades tones and tints of paint you froze yesterday and a sheet of white paper. You may want to use a brush to push the ice cubes around the paper if you don’t like the feeling!

Here are some images of icebergs and stormy seas for inspiration but your work can be as abstract as you wish- it’s more about making a pattern with the different shades, tones and tints of blue. The process of creating an image is more important than the end product!

Remember to notice the cold hard feeling of the ice and to warm your hands up gently when you have finished!

You could try freezing other colours for different pictures you might like to make. I made far too many ice cubes – you only need a little! But as you can see from the pictures I had fun getting cold messy fingers and the effect is nice so I refroze the leftovers to do it again another time!

What have you learned about? Cold, hard, blue, shades, tones, tints.

We would love to see how you got on with your art activities so please feel free to share any photos or videos via your child’s teacher, through Google Classroom, or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary)

Art Activities: Sculpture

Before you start, do some warm up exercises to get your hands and eyes ready to create! You might want to get some help from someone who is with you.

Try shaking your hands, then touch your fingertips together, clap your hands and touch your nose. Waggle your elbows ! Let your eyes get ready to really look. You could blink three times and look at your hands while you get ready.

When you feel warmed up, you’re ready to start!

For this piece of work, we are looking at the art of British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. He makes sculptures using natural materials and then photographs them. The materials he uses can be leaves, sticks, rocks or snow and ice! His sculptures do not always last and he understands that the landscape and the weather will change his work.

As always whether inside or out, it is a good idea to organise your materials before you start. If you are lucky enough to be able to get outside you could collect sticks, cones, leaves or anything you find interesting.

Look really closely at the materials you will use and don’t forget to feel the textures.

Decide whether you will make your work outside or take the materials back home. Think about the shape of your sculpture – spiral? circle? line?

Arrange your materials in the shape you choose and take a photo.

If you are not able to go outside, you could use food items from your kitchen (an example is shown below).

If you want your work to be permanent you could glue it to paper or card. Once you are happy with your work, take a picture and if you can send it to me!

If you have access to the internet you might like to look at some more of Andy Goldsworthy’s work.

What have you learned about? Nature, sculpture, texture, shape, colour.

We would love to see how you got on with your art activities so please feel free to share any photos or videos via your child’s teacher, through Google Classroom, or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary)

Home Economics Activities

Recipes for Home Economics will be based around ‘The Stickman’ story by Julia Donaldson.

The story is available to watch online through BBC iPlayer using the link below and can also be found on YouTube.

Here are the recipes for this week’s lesson.

Quick Savoury Rice

Rainbow Rice

We would love to see how you got on with you Home Economics activities so please feel free to share any photos or videos via your child’s teacher, through Google Classroom, or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary)

Orienteering In Room 2

With Scott, room 2 have been learning the skills involved in Orienteering.

We all enjoy learning outside; following the route; looking for the orienteering flags in the playground; being first to find the flag; selecting the flag numbers (and correct colour) and matching them to the appropriate number on the orienteering board.

Room 2’s class team are very proud of all the pupils and how quickly they have learnt the skills involved.

Bonfire Night With Room 5

Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot….

This week in school Room 5 have been learning about Guy Fawkes.

To mark this celebration we watched a short animated video about Guy Fawkes

We also created our own firework pictures. We think our night sky guy Fawkes picture are really effective.

Why do we learn about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot?

In England, in 1605 during the reign of James I, an act of treason was planned that could have changed the course of our history. At the last moment, the Gunpowder Plot was foiled, and now we commemorate the traitors – and in particular, the scapegoat Guy Fawkes – every year with Bonfire Night!

Who was Guy Fawkes?

Guy Fawkes (1570 to 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, was one of a group of Catholic plotters who planned, but failed, to blow up Parliament – now known as the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

What was the Gunpowder Plot?

At the time, King James I was on the throne. England had broken away from the Catholic faith and the Church of Rome in Henry VIII’s reign (by 1536), but there were still many Catholics in the country. Guy Fawkes joined up with a group of thirteen Catholic plotters, led by Robert Catesby, who planned to overthrow the King and put a Catholic monarch back on the throne.

The plotters rented space in the cellars of the House of Lords and filled it with gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was put in charge. They planned to set off the gunpowder during the opening of Parliament, on 5th November 1605. One or more of the plotters, however, were worried that some of their fellow Catholics and friends would be at the opening and get caught in the explosion, and wrote to warn them not to be there that day. We know that a certain Lord Monteagle received a letter warning him to go to the country because Paliament would “receive a terrible blow”. Lord Monteagle showed the letter to the King, and the cellars were thoroughly searched and Guy Fawkes caught.

After several days of horrible torture, Guy Fawkes gave up the names of his fellow plotters and eight of them went to trial in January 1606. All were found guilty and executed in the terrible fashion of the times.

On 5th November 1605 Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the King’s escape from assassination by lighting bonfires, provided that “this testemonye of joy be carefull done without any danger or disorder” – and indeed an Act of Parliament soon followed, declaring 5th November as a day of thanksgiving throughout the country for “the joyful day of deliverance“.

Modern Celebrations

When we celebrate Bonfire Night now, it seems very far removed from the events of four hundred years ago! For centuries since then, communities have come together to build a big bonfire and make an effigy – a model – of Guy Fawkes using old clothes stuffed with newspaper, to burn on the bonfire (see Penny for the Guy).

Fun fact: When you use the word “guy” in your sentences, have you thought where it comes from? The “guy” tradition of Bonfire Night gradually found it’s way into our language, and by the 19th century the word “guy” was used to refer to a strangely dressed man. From there it was adopted into American English to refer to any man, and is of course still commonly used today!

24 Hour Walk/Run Challenge

On Friday the 6th of November, we will be undertaking a whole school challenge to raise money to purchase at least one of these bikes.

All the pupils at Orchard Brae will help us to complete this challenge. Every class will be allocated a 30 minutes time slot from 10 am until the end of the day to walk around the School Playground. Then Orchard Brae Staff will continue with the challenge over night until 10 am on Saturday completing the 24 Hour continuous Walk/Run challenge.

Some senior pupils and their staff teams have already started their own fundraising activities. In the video below senior pupils explain how much they have raised so far and a little bit more about the bike we are hoping to purchase.

After the October holidays further information will be shared on how to make a donation for this cause should you wish to.

Many thanks,

PE Department

Signs of Autumn

Some of us have been looking for signs of Autumn when we’ve been out and about. We’ve noticed the weather changing a little – while we’ve had some sunny days, there’s also a chill in the air. The autumn colours are starting to appear and we notice the trees changing colour, both in our playground and in the community. Lots of beautiful orange, red and yellow. Some of us have made autumn pictures using the leaves we’ve collected.

We have also enjoyed some relaxing music: