24 April 2008

Cave Painting (or drawing on the white chalk with a blackboard)

During our Unit of Inquiry on Materials, we started reading the book, 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King. Stig is a caveman who lives at the bottom of an old quarry close to Barney's grandmother's house. Barney finds Stig one day when he falls through the roof of Stig's den. They become friends, even though they cannot talk to each other.

Since the quarry is no longer in use, people throw all their rubbish away down there; Stig is good at finding new ways in which to use old things.

On the same day that they cut down an enormous tree (getting warm once in the process) and then use it to start a fire (getting warm for the second time) Stig picks up a piece of charred (yes Matthew; it does sound a little like the word charcoal!) wood and uses it to draw an amazing hunting scene on the chalk wall of the den.

Then we had a go at using charcoal and chalks to make our own hunting scene. We dusted the paper with charcoal powder and smudged it to give it a greyish background. Then we used charcoal and chalk to make our scene.

"I like yours. I like how the girl is sitting on the horse and using a bow and arrow," said Patricia.

12 April 2008

Mapping the school

We asked ourselves; how can we show what our school looks like? After taking a walk around the school, we had a go at trying to make a record of everything; from the classrooms to the kitchen, the music room to the French rooms and the library.

Take a look at mine. "I wanted to do it small because bigger wouldn't fit. I started with the upstairs. Then I did the kitchen. I did the people in the kitchen; they are wearing their hats. I think I got everything but I don't know what two of the classes are called. I found it easy and a little bit hard. I did a good job. Other people could use my map to find their way. I enjoyed doing it. I already know all the school; I can see it in my head. But when I am going somewhere, sometimes I take a wrong turning and I have to think again."

How does it compare to the real thing?