Art & Diversity Week
The summer term at Hollymount started with a week of art based activities celebrating diversity in our school and country.
Look at our new displays . . .
The Nursery children have been talking about similarities and differences between them. Here is what they said:
“I haven’t got brown, I’ve got blond hair.” “My friend has blue eyes, I’ve got brown.”
“We all go to nursery.” “He has white hair.”
“My hair is silver, my mummy has black hair.” “My friend has brown hands, mine are white.”
“My hands are different because I’m Muslim, because Allah made me like that.”
“My eyes are black and my hair is black.” “My Daddy has black hair.”
In Reception children are exploring the theme of similarities and differences through Elmer and Rainbow Fish stories.
We were able to show off our super phonics skills when writing about what makes us special. We are enjoying learning to value and celebrate the similarities and differences within our class.
In Year 1 children have been learning about a variety of festivals including Chinese New Year and Eid. They made Chinese lanterns and fans and had mehndi put on their hands.
For art week we have looked at the Hindu artist Dhananjay Mukherjee, who used canvas and paints to make abstract art. We replicated his art using oil pastels. We also researched him and created a fact file using our information. We also have looked at Rama and Sita and Hindu symbols.
We read part of the book ‘If the World Were a Village’ by David Smith. We then looked at statistics of a village of 100 people that represent the World. We looked at interesting facts such as languages and nationalities and even looked at if Hollymount and 2ST were a village.
If the World were a village there would be 52 girls and 48 boys. If Hollymount were a village there would be 53 girls and 47 boys. If 2ST were a village there would be 56 girls and 44 boys.
We used collage with different mediums to recreate some of the pictures for the statistics. This involved coiling and over-lapping.
During art week 2LA have been working on developing many skills. They explored the amazing technique of printing and saw how it has been used across the world. The children created their own printing tiles and these were used to develop the main ‘rainforest’ display outside the classroom. They developed their drawing techniques to create some beautiful butterflies in the style of Maria Sibylla Merian. In addition to all of this wonderful work, they also learnt a lot about the Christian celebration of lent and discovered that in Rio, they celebrate the period of lent by having a huge carnival! The children loved watching videos and seeing pictures of the carnival in Rio and created some masquerade masks and headdresses for their display.
The Year 5 have started learning about the major religions of the world and created cross stitch symbols of these religions.