Year 3 have been working extremely hard this week learning all about the rainforest. They have been drawing rainforest animals, creating poems, making posters and comparing lives of people who live in a rainforest with our own families. Well done to everyone who joined in our rainforest tasks.
Year 1 loved reading the Storm Whale as part of English. They used role play to explore how the main character, Noi, might be feeling in the story, we have fantastic actors in Year 1!
The children also wrote instructions on how to play snakes and ladders, then had a go at playing the game.
I hope you are all keeping well. Just an update on the Musical activities that the children have been undertaking at Harton so far this year.
Each Year group has access to new music software called ‘Charanga’. There are hundreds of modern songs and each scheme enables children to use musical instruments to accompany their compositions.
In Year 3, the children have been learning how to play the Djembe drums. They have learned how to follow patterns, understand the connection between ‘tempo’ and ‘pulse’ and maintain a steady beat. They have been doing so well!
In Year 4, Mr Bird has been teaching the children how to play the keyboard. They have learned basic key notation and how to play some simple melodies. It is sounding great!
Year 5 children have been working with a teacher from South Tyneside’s Music Hub called Rhys. Two classes in Year 5 so far have been using the Ipads to create music on an app called ‘GarageBand’. The children are shown how to compose a simple beat pattern and then add in other instruments. They explore a different range of tempo and sequences and create a ‘layered’ piece of music that even the best DJ artists would be proud of!
Here are some examples of the music the children in Year 5 composed, using the app ‘GarageBand’
A selection of Year 6 children have had the opportunity to learn a brass instrument with Mr. Storey in a small group setting. They have learned basic notation, some more complex pieces of music and are beginning to learn how to read music.
Every Year group has Singing with Mr. Richardson where they practise songs for a concert which is performed for all parents. These sessions are vital for children to learn the correct pitch, tempo and harmonies required in each song.
We hope this gives an insight into all the wonderful music which is taking place as we continue to promote the Arts here at Harton.
Y3 have been set a project by their teachers this week to research and create an information booklet of different Rainforests around the world – particularly looking at the meaning of deforestation, the animals, plants and habitats.
Today Mrs Langley set them all a Challenge as part of their Rainforest afternoon project…
Watch this space for pictures produced by our fabulous Y3 children at home of their favourite Rainforest animal!
We are loving the enthusiasm of all our Children and Parents – Thank You and we hope your enjoying your daily challenges!
French artist Henri Matisse inspired us to ‘paint with scissors’ in Year 4. Year 6 were also creating their own version of Matisse’s ‘Beasts of the Sea’. We also looked at a ‘real’ painting copied from one of his earlier works ‘ Woman Reading’ 1920. Year 5 used their knowledge of The Ancient Greeks from their English and History lessons, to design a Greek pot calendar, and then made a pot from clay. The Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani had a particular style, and we replicated his style in our self portraits in Year 6. We have lots of talented artists too!
Well done to the amazing artists in Year 2 that worked so hard to produce landscape paintings including a home from the present day. They look fantastic!
The children had a fantastic time visiting the Oriental Museum as part of our China topic. They used art, performance and team work to develop their understanding of China and retell the story of how Chinese New Year began.
On 2nd March, 5F spent the day with OpenZone at The Word.
They prepared for their trip by rehearsing scripts that they delivered in the TV studio in front of a green screen. The topic of their video was ‘Amazing Space’ – with each group covering a different aspect of space, from planets to early rockets to the future of space travel.
Here is the final product:
When not recording in front of the green screen, the children made animations using coding on Scratch3.
To end the afternoon, they worked in pairs to solve a digital escape room – solving lots of puzzles, many of which involved maths and reasoning.