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Y1 and Y3 Illustration Workshops

Marianne Barcilon, a famous french illustrator who has illustrated almost one hundred books for children, came to school to work with Y1 and Y3. The children took part in some fun and interactive workshops, during which the illustrator explained how to make a book, showed the pupils some drawing boards and some of her own books, and explained the importance of her role. She has also helped the children to draw emotions based on the characters in her own books.

Local Nature Photography Competition 2019

For this year’s Science Week, we asked students and staff to showcase local nature in their photographs. We received an astonishing 169 entries from 43 students and six teachers. Entrants ranged from Nursery to Year 11, and I was able to identify 63 different species present in the photographs!


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Excerpts from a short movie by students

Year 9 have been working with local Shark Conservation Charity “Bite Back” to produce a short animated film to promote understanding of why it is so important to save these incredible animals from the horrors of shark finning and other threats to their survival.

We were delighted to welcome the founder... of the charity, Graham Buckingham, in to school for our prize giving ceremony where he presented two of the students with a prize for outstanding contribution to the film. Their reward is the chance to dive with sharks at London Aquarium, an incredible experience to celebrate what has been a very rewarding collaboration.

The film is still in a rough cut but here are some excerpts.

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Y6 Terracotta Warriors

The Y6 students have excelled themselves in Art this term with this sculpture project. Taking inspiration from Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army, which they have also been learning about in their Mandarin classes, they have produced some beautifully observed and delicately executed clay heads. Fantastic work Y6!

The art of infographics

The Y7 students have been working hard in Art this term to complete an illustrated booklet inspired by the migratory routes of various British birds. The terrain that the birds fly over is depicted from an aerial view point in a variety of techniques giving a rich and beautiful result. Well done Y7s!

Lower Years History of Art

On Monday, Year 4’s budding Art Historians were visited by Howard Vie, who gave the class a practical demonstration of intaglio printmaking using copper plate. The students encountered this process while looking at the works of William Hogarth, an 18th century painter and engraver in an age before... mass printing and photography supplanted hand-made printing methods. The students all agreed that the process of incising an image into a piece of metal using a sharpened tool was, in fact, much harder than it looked! Many thanks to Howard for giving us his insight into this process and bringing his knowledge and skill into the Year 4 classroom.

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Year 4 – A la manière de Robert Delaunay

In preparation for our exciting trip to Paris, we have started to work on the main monuments of the French capital and focused on the main symbol of the French capital. We discovered one particular painter known for its cubism art and his passion for the Eiffel Tower, Robert Delaunay.

We now know everything... there is to know about this emblematic ‘Dame de fer’. We then explored Delaunay’s art works and interest in light and colours in order to produce our very own piece of art à la manière deRobert Delaunay. Everything in French biensûr !

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