Design and Make a Shoe
We were challenge to get making and designing. This half term, we are learning all about the Vikings. As part of our DT learning, we considered what Vikings wore in the past and what their shoes were made from. Next, we were set a challenge. We were provided with a j cloth, thread, a needle, a pair of scissors and a marker. With the materials provided, we had to create a prototype for a shoe that could be worn and withstand a fit for use test (a sprint from the top playground to the bottom playground).
We started by drawing the shoe that we wanted to create and then we constructed it. We found it tricky because the material was not as strong and hardwearing as the material used to make Viking shoes (leather). Nevertheless, we were able to have a go and use our knowledge of different stitches (running stitch and backstitch) to join pieces of j cloth together and even sew on some buttons.
Make A Change
In order to raise awareness for the growing concerns that we have for the future of the world we live in, we decided to create sculptures that would represent animals that are endangered by climate change.
We took part in a climate change mass make initiative. The climate change mass make activity involved us making walruses to highlight the changes caused to a walrus’s habitat: rising sea levels, melting polar ice caps and increases in temperature. In Year Six, we used clay as a medium to mould and sculpt our walruses and then painted them using acrylic paint.
Once sculpted, painted and dried, we delivered our walrus sculptures to Lewisham Hub where they would be used to form an exhibition highlighting the impacts of climate change on the world in which we live in.
The children have been learning about refugees in assembly by looking at Amal and her journey from the Turkish/Syrian border. When asked how best we could welcome Amal if she were to come to our school we had various responses including "throw a party" and "make some bunting".
So we decided to make some bunting for the hall and as you can see we had some beautiful designs! One message was particularly moving; "Amal you are wonderful and beautiful and may you live in peace."
What better message could you give to a child seeking refuge? The bunting looks beautiful in the hall and reminds us all that we should be shining examples of welcome and love to anyone coming to our community of St. Mary's.
Year 5 and Year 6 stepped back in time in their History lessons to learn about rationing during World War 2. They carefully planned some wartime recipes in their Design Technology lessons using only the ingredients that would have bene available 80 years ago. Finally, they spent a day using a range of cookery techniques to cook some delicious jam and biscuits.
Our children have performed some amazing Poems!
The children in Year 6 have been thinking about what Race Equality means to them. Listen to their reflective, powerful and thoughtful responses below, we are very proud of the next generation of leaders from St Mary's.