Thursday, 19 November 2015

From Observation to Abstract #1

This week in art we have taken aspects from our observational drawings (see previous post) and scrapbooks and put them together to make more abstract pieces. Next week we'll use the computer to take further samples from our sketchbooks and combine them into a single image.

By L

By R

By Mum

Sour Dough

The kids cooked this delicious sour dough loaf. You can get the recipe and lots of lesson ideas at Food - A fact of life.

Thursday, 12 November 2015


This week the children made 2 types of scones; cheese and walnut. Delicious!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Joey Camp 2015

Raft building
L just got back from this year's Joey Scouts camp. Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Raft building

African camp base

Assault course

"Survivor" costume

Ready for flying fox

Boat building

Bubble experiment

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Sculptures by the Sea 2015

We managed to find the single sunny day in this rainy month we are having in Sydney to visit Sculptures by the Sea at Bondi beach. Here are some of our favourite sculptures:

These spray bottles were a favourite with the kids

Behind L is a wave made totally from Barbie dolls

Sunday, 1 November 2015


This week we have been investigating materials. What better way to investigate the property of insulation than to make a baked Alaska (above)!

The children also tested materials for their ability to conduct electricity, for magnetism and waterproof properties. We did an experiment to investigate which materials were the most stretchy.

The children also investigated materials used for packing sandwiches and designed their own sandwich boxes:

First they made a net for the box which we imported into the computer and cut out with our Inspiration cutter.

We needed to find out which sandwiches are most popular so the children composed an on-line survey on Survey Monkey.

They then used Word to design some labels for the sandwich boxes.

They then made some sandwiches and packaged them up.

You can view the scheme of work I used here.