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Learning Experience 7- Ingenious Innovators

This learning experience will get us in the mind of product creators, investigating, designing and creating our own iPad stands. We will begin this learning experience researching existing products and analysing their use and appeal. This will guide our market research which will take the form of a questionnaire. In order to prepare for our creative process, we will practise a selection of cutting and joining techniques, using a range of materials. We will then look back over our questionnaire results, analysing the data provided by our target audience before using this to inform our final product designs. Once complete, we will review and edit our final outcomes before decorating them. 

Learning Experience 6- Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths

We will begin our prehistoric learning experience with an exciting and immersive workshop which will provide a range of hands-on activities such as acting, house making and even STONE AGE POO! We will then explore the Stone Age in more detail, looking at how their ways of living developed throughout the three phases of the Stone Age: the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras. This will include a more in depth look at cave paintings, the way animals were used and how tools developed. Then, we will further explore how these ways of life developed following the discovery of metal, throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages. 

We had an amazing time at our Stone Age to Iron Age workshop. In the morning, we acted out the Stone Age- Iron Age timeline, completed a quiz, looked at artefacts and even explored STONE AGE POO! After lunch, we looked at Stone Age housing, creating a dwelling from the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras. 

Learning Experience 5- Sculpt a Pose

This learning experience is all about sculpture. We will begin by creating our own sculptures in groups, using junk modelling. Next, we will look at famous sculptors Antony Gormley and Rick Kirby, comparing and analysing their works. As our understanding grows, we will use wire to create armatures to support a clay sculpture of a body, or body parts. Our final learning outcome will allow us to create a three-dimensional face by adding and joining clay to a slab. Click on the links below to find out the key skills we will be covering or to see how our learning progresses! 

Finally, we used our finishing techniques and painting skills to decorate our face slabs. Did you know that PVA glue makes a fantastic glaze? 

Our first attempt at our slab faces looked amazing! Think how great they will look after we have evaluated them! 

For our final learning outcome, we planned and designed our face slabs. We used all our clay techniques to add the features. Don’t they look great? 

We added clay to out armatures, using coiling and then smoothed it using our fingers. It was tricky to get the clay to wrap tightly around the wire and get the shape we wanted. 

We used wire to create armatures to add clay to. An armature is a framework upon which a sculpture can be created or formed. 

Look at our practise models! We used a range of skills we had learnt to create a sculpture of our choosing. 

We had a go at exploring a range of clay techniques including pinching, rolling, smoothing and forming, score and slip and using tools. It was really good fun! 

We explored what sculpture meant and then created our own sculptures, in threes, using junk modelling. It was a lot harder than we first thought to get a likeness to a human body. 

Learning Experience 4- May The Force Be With You!

This learning experience will be all about forces and how they affect the world we live in. We will begin by looking at forces in their most simple terms, a push or a pull. Next, we will look at how friction acts as a resistance on an object, working in the opposite direction to the force being applied. We will apply this in an experiment about the slide, looking into how friction can change the way the slide is used. We will then look in depth at magnets and how magnets act, completing a range of experiments on their properties. Click on the document below to see what we will be covering! 

Forces are fun! We explored how a force was a push or a pull and applied this to the playground and gym equipment. Without forces, the equipment would be very boring.