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Using Watercolour Techniques on Individual Paintings!

Our home-schooled children have taken each of their individual paintings and have added colour to their artwork. Using watercolours, they have been able create a painting whereby light reflects off the white of the paper and bounces up through the colours, giving it a luminosity. Also, by using a range of brushes the children were able to experiment with different sizes to work out what would be ideal for those little details within their artwork. Watercolour techniques such as working from Read more [...]

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Famous Paintings by Van Gogh!

Our home-schooled children have been learning all about the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh. Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch artist. He painted portraits and landscapes and used watercolours and oil paints. He is famous for using bright colours and bold brushstrokes in his work. He painted in a style called Post-Impressionism. The children have been focusing on two of his famous paintings, Sunflowers (1888) and Starry Night (1889) and producing some excellent sketching artwork using a variety Read more [...]

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Factors that contribute to rusting in metals or leading them to corrode!

The aim of the experiment was to determine what are the factors that contribute to rusting in metals or leading them to corrode. Rust is the crumbly, brown material which is caused by the chemical reaction or rather an oxidation process of iron and steel. Iron and steel rust in the presence of oxygen and water. When a metal object such as nail, rusts the molecules of iron on the surface of the nail exchange atoms with the oxygen in the air and produce a new substance, the reddish-brown ferrous Read more [...]

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Grid Drawing Method in Art!

Children have been developing observational skills by creating tonal grid drawing during Art lessons. The grid method involves drawing a grid over your reference picture/photo, and then drawing a grid of equal ratio on your work surface/paper. Drawing complex objects purely by eye, without any visual aid like construction lines, or a physical aid like a proportional divider can be difficult. However, using the grid method can help with drawing objects or pictures which require accuracy.   Read more [...]

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Investigating Plate Tectonics in Science!

In Science some of our children have been creating a tasty model to investigate plate tectonics.

This was a hands-on activity to teach students about plate tectonics.

The model describes the structure of the Earth’s plates and the Earth’s layers as well as the theory of plate tectonics.

This activity was completed after initial instruction on the layers of the Earth and tectonic plates.

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European Art: Drawing Broken Buildings

Our home-schooled children have focusing on drawing skills, looking carefully at the work of European artist Anselm Kiefer. Using the Photo pack of images and a PowerPoint to scaffold the discussion of Anselm Kiefer's work they have presented some great artwork of crumbling buildings. The children looked at facts about Anselm Kiefer’s life and work and their artwork focused on  features of a building, including windows and doors. Over the term the children will be learning about artists, Read more [...]

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Designing your own planet project!

Last term, some of our students worked on designing their own planet during their Science lessons. They started with planning, focusing on areas such as what the planet would look like, what colour it is, does anyone live there etc.  The children had the freedom to create their own version considering physical aspects as well as species that may live on it. Then the children went on to making their designs into a model. This was a fun way to encourage students to be creative by allowing Read more [...]

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3-D Sculpture – Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon Project

Our home-schooled children have been making hot air balloons last half term.

They were taught about what sculptures are, what materials can be used and tips for working with paper mache.

Children got to get their hands messy with paper mache and paint. They got to dip strips of paper into glue mixture and create 3 layers onto the balloon.

Have a look above at some of their fantastic striking hot air balloons!

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Educational Afternoon at Recycle for Greater Manchester Waste Centre!

Last week our home schooled children had a wonderful trip to the Recycle for Greater Manchester Education Centre, as part of our science programme for this term. The programme of learning activities began with the children exploring the interactive exhibition area and was then followed by an introduction by the Education Officer, which focused on learning about the various coloured bins and the waste that goes in them. The children then participated in an interactive discussion, showing how the Read more [...]

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Students take part in modelling the phases of the moon activity using Jaffa Cakes!

Some of our home-schooled students have been looking at the topic: The sun, moon, and stars during Science lessons. The children reviewed what they have learned previously and then focused on the area about phases of the moon. Students got to learn that the moon doesn’t actually change shape—it just appears to change as it orbits Earth. The moon takes roughly 28 days to complete one orbit. The moon also takes 28 days to rotate. This means that the same side of the moon always faces Earth. Read more [...]

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