This morning we kicked off the day with an assembly to discuss 33 things that we think of when we think of Britain. Marmite, unpredictable weather, black cabs, British countryside, fish and chips and roast dinners were amongst the list, as was Big Ben and the London Eye!
Today 30 lucky Year 3 and Year 6 children were chosen to take part in a day of Stop Motion Animation, run by Barry from ‘Animation Nation.’ We began the day by looking at what other children have produced in his workshops and we started to think of ideas, to include the Best of Britain theme. Once our storyboards were finished, we started to make our models out of plasticine before filming and creating our masterpieces.
We have learnt that many different shots are taken just to create 30 seconds of film (it took 360 shots!) and that you need a lot of patience to move the models gradually. It was a fantastic day, thoroughly enjoyed by all. The animated films will be shown at the Art Exhibition once we receive the final compilation by post from Barry himself.
Here is what some children had to say about the day:
Adam Chown 6B – ‘It was really fun. The software was easy to use, especially for the Year 3s and we all worked brilliantly as a team. Watching our film, I felt shocked at what we could achieve in one day and I’m excited to do more animation in school.’
Abi Wilson 3A – ‘It was great fun. My favourite part was watching our final film with our Queen and sheep!’
Leo Boddington and Luca Austin – ‘It was the best day at school ever!’
Year 3 have been made aware of everything that they will be taking part in this week and held a discussion on British values and what they mean to them. Then, they embarked on their beach hut project! Carefully, they designed their beach huts before making them using coloured lollipop sticks.
The afternoon was taken up with practising their ‘Wow factor!’ Year 3 are learning traditional London cockney songs! Alongside this, they have been dancing to the Lambeth Walk. This will be filmed later in the week, to be shown during the exhibition in a couple of weeks.
Year 4 have had a wow factor filled day! They have made poppies using clay, to recreate the ones outside the Tower of London. They have also created beefeaters (the policemen outside the tower) so that they can protect the tower! Later in the afternoon, they experimented with colour wash, ready for beginning a cityscape skyline tomorrow!
Year 5 looked at the history of the Union Jack flag today, learning how it is a combination of the Scottish, English and Northern Ireland flag! Groups of children then began to create a collage of the Union Jack flag, using all sorts of materials such as sweet wrappers, wrapping paper, wool and fabric, ribbons, cotton bud printing and buttons.
In the afternoon, they looked at the British tradition of afternoon tea, in particular the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and have begun to use papier mache to create the crockery for the afternoon tea table!
Whilst some children have been animating, the rest have been having a fantastic day! This morning, Laura and Hayley from Premier Sports came in to teach the children a dance to a James Bond, involving some spins and combat moves! The children seemed to love this.
They have also been creating ‘Wordle’ style London buses and black cabs, brainstorming words to do with Britain and then placing them in the templates using coloured pencils.
This afternoon, we looked at the iconic mini and tried to make them out of clay using lots of tools and a tutorial video! We are looking forward to painting these later on in the week!
Come back tomorrow for the next installment!