Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Leonardo da Vinci - The INVENTOR

This morning we illustrated da Vinci's canal lock idea which, 500 years later, is still in use!

We read about his incredible parachute design which was finally realised using original materials in 2000.  The result?  A smooth, perfect descent over the skies of Africa.  Incredible!

The children designed their own parachutes...

They spent the rest of the morning inventing!

Ballet Girl invented an all-powerful, all weapon resistant tank.

Monkey girl made a temperature gauge - similar to the sats machine she has seen used for The Boy's asthma checks - but a little more fun!

And a weather buggy...

...paper smoother... 

...and a copter gun.

Panda Girl made a time machine!

And a flying camper van.

 The Boy helped Mummy make a salad for lunch

...and worked hard on adding and taking away before gymnastics.  He gave each sum a story and it made it so much more fun :)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Self Portraits and The Study of Facial Features

We read about Leonard da Vinci's painting The Last Supper and how he scoured the streets looking for inspiration for the faces of the Apostles.  The children tried it out for themselves.

Monkey Girl's self portrait
 Panda Girl's self portrait

Ballet Girl's self portrait

The Boy's self portrait

Features using water colour on canvass

This afternoon Panda Girl and The Boy learnt Robert Louis Stevenson's fabulous From a Railway Carriage poem which sounds just like a steam train when you read it in rhythm, 

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And here is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart runaway in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever! 

They loved it and The Boy spent ages gazing at steam trains on the internet.

In their poetry study Monkey Girl and Ballet Girl learnt about this:

A foot is a unit of metre, consisting of a combination of stressed and unstressed syllables. If stressed syllables are marked "/" and unstressed "u", the main types can be shown thus:
Iamb: [ u / ], such as "delight". (The adjective is "iambic".)
Trochee: [ / u ], such as "badger" (Trochaic)
Anapest, or anapaest: [ u u / ], such as "unaware" (Anapestic / anapaestic)
Dactyl: [ / u u ], such as "multiple" (Dactylic)

Panda Girl requested time to measure things with our new meter rule.

The Boy requested maths time in front of the steam trains.


Nature Study write up.

We finished the day with trampolining lessons, Minecraft and Sea Cadets.  Phew!