Year 4 visited the National Gallery to look at paintings depicting weather, which is our topic this term. We particularly focused on Joseph Turner and his stormy painting ‘Calais Pier: An English Packet Arriving’. However, we were also discussing paintings by other famous painters Renoir and Rubens. We also sketched a stormy piece by Turner ‘Dutch Boats in a Gale’. Everyone was very inspired by the art and we are looking forward to using watercolours in our lessons as we will be creating similar paintings of storms.
To immerse the children in the topic of Explorers and Keeping Warm, we visited the Soanes Centre in Mile End and learnt all about how to keep our homes well insulated. We used different materials and thought about the way we could ensure the heat did not escape. Our homes were tested with a heat source (a light bulb) and thermometer. The results were shown as a line graph on the computer so we could see the temperature rise (and even fall).