25 May 2008

Watercolour Painting

Here are some of the watercolour techniques I needed to think about in order to produce this amazing painting:

Choose a broad brush and use it to wash the paper with water
Switch to a finer brush; wet it and then dab it dry on a paper towel
Select a colour, starting with the palest
Look closely at the colours and shapes you see
Add a bit of detail to show flowers or leaves
Try not to leave any of the paper blank
Dab the last of the water off with the paper towel
Leave it in the sun to dry

Why not come to the classroom and take a closer look at my painting? I would love to know what you think of it.

09 May 2008

Sketching at Chateau de Penthes

Yesterday we took our clipboards, some stiff white cartridge paper and a 3B drawing pencil to Chateau de Penthes. We were going to do some sketching.

I decided to draw the view towards the lake and the mountains. Take a look at my sketch.

How do you think it compares with the real thing?

03 May 2008

Where in the world? continues.....


"There is a football balanced on the jet d'eau. It's really cool - it glows in the dark!"

Patricia said, 'I like the picture you found. It looks like the ball is really balanced there'.
'How,' wondered Fiona, 'did that happen?'

"If you look closely at the photograph, you can just about see the strings that hold the football up."

"I saw that the balloon is in the water. It did not like the wind. I saw in in the newspaper."

24 April 2008

Cave Painting (or drawing on the white chalk with a blackboard)

During our Unit of Inquiry on Materials, we started reading the book, 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King. Stig is a caveman who lives at the bottom of an old quarry close to Barney's grandmother's house. Barney finds Stig one day when he falls through the roof of Stig's den. They become friends, even though they cannot talk to each other.

Since the quarry is no longer in use, people throw all their rubbish away down there; Stig is good at finding new ways in which to use old things.

On the same day that they cut down an enormous tree (getting warm once in the process) and then use it to start a fire (getting warm for the second time) Stig picks up a piece of charred (yes Matthew; it does sound a little like the word charcoal!) wood and uses it to draw an amazing hunting scene on the chalk wall of the den.

Then we had a go at using charcoal and chalks to make our own hunting scene. We dusted the paper with charcoal powder and smudged it to give it a greyish background. Then we used charcoal and chalk to make our scene.

"I like yours because it really looks as if the rocks are falling," said Joe.

12 March 2008


This is a paper helicopter. It twists in the air. The bottom is really heavy because the paper is folded and it hits the ground first.

Find more videos like this on teacher/learner

If you want to make one do a Google search; type in paper and helicopter.


28 February 2008

Fabric Cards

Invented by Dangi, Tanmay and Matthew

Rules: No peeking
Go clockwise

. Spread the cards out
. Turn them over so you only see the green

. Put the blindfold on
. Choose two cards
. If they are the same, you keep them
. If they are different you put them back
. Then it is somebody else’s turn
. When all the cards are gone the game is over
. The winner is the one with the most pairs

22 February 2008


This is a sweat band and it's made from cotton even though it doesn't have a label, because I know how it feels.

It is quite stretchy. It is made from a natural material. It comes from a cotton plant.

26 January 2008


We made a rocket and it has stands and boosters and also it has a way that they can get out. Two of the boosters are made out of plastic straws and the big booster is made out of a plastic cup and the stands are made out of plastic yoghurt pots.

‘Well I like the way you put the boosters on,’ said Rekik.

17 January 2008

What is it like?

Say Hello to Fluffy
I brought Fluffy to school. It's because I thought it is made of material.

What's it like?
I think it is made of cotton.
It's kind of soft.

My Guitar
This is a guitar and it is made of shiny wood and you can see a reflection of my hand. It is made of wood but with lots of other materials, like plastic and metal. The screws are made of plastic and some of the strings are made of metal and some are made of plastic.

What is it like?
It is shiny and reflective.

My R2D2 Coin
This is R2D2 on a coin. The coin is shiny and made of metal, but not iron and not steel. When you drop it it makes a ringing sound.

What's it like?
It is very light.
It is very strong.

My Plastic Raptor
He is a raptor (which is a kind of dinosaur). I haven't seen him for a long time; I lost him. Also, he is a nice raptor.

What's it like?
He is hard and shiny.

My Glove
I wanted some show and tell but I didn't have any so I found my glove and I thought I could share that. It is made from a waterproof fabric. It is made from polyester which is made by humans.

What's it like?
It is waterproof and mostly non-stretchy.