Monthly Archives: June 2017

Art Week

The inspiration for Art Week for the Swans has been the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. He created a geometrical abstract style using black lines, primary colours, and white space. Mondrian has had a lasting influence on modern painting, architecture, and design. After viewing Mondrian’s work, the Swans learned what the primary colours were: red, yellow and blue. They used red, yellow, blue and white card and they arranged the colours into their own geometric design. All the children’s designs were then joined together to create one spectacular piece of class art work. The class art work has turned out to be very striking due to the high colour contrasts and simple geometric shapes. Well done Swans!


The children have had a very busy week learning all about ladybirds. During our Muddy Monday session the children found lots of aphids in our woodland walk. Having learnt all about the life cycle of a ladybird in Language for Thinking, the children were delighted to find some larva and pupas on leaves as well. The children loved acting out the life cycle in their family groups.

The children have been using ladybirds to help them add numbers, solve subtraction sums, double numbers and halve numbers.

They have also been very busy at the workshop table and the play dough table as they have made some fantastic ladybirds completely independently. The children’s independent writing about ladybirds is also very impressive. They certainly now know lots of interesting facts about ladybirds!

International Dough Disco Day

In class today the children came to school in their disco clothes and they took part in ‘International Dough Disco Day.’

‘Dough Disco’ is a fun activity which combines the use of play dough with a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children’s fine and gross motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem.

The children began the day by making their own play dough.

The children then watched the live link with Shonette Basin and they joined in with children all around the world and performed their dough disco moves.

The children all went home with a dough disco certificate and a recipe to make play dough at home.