Today, Bluebirds looked at photos of real paintings from Stone Age Caves in Spain, France and Bulgaria. The children wondered whether the people used berries, animal blood or charcoal from their fires. Most of the paintings were of animals and in some cases, people.
Mrs Parry demonstrated how to draw and shade the pictures using different Art pencils. The children were keen to get started on their own pictures.
Today, Bluebirds enjoyed an exciting trip to Sarehole Mill to learn more about the Stone Age.
To begin with, the children learned what types of food the Stone Age people ate and why they had to move around and stay in their family groups. Next they played a hunters and gatherers game on the field! After that, children created shelters using critical thinking, perserverance and team work! They learned that the animal skins were made waterproof by using wee! Interestingly, the children saw and held some real artefacts including a spear head, a hand axe and a scraper tool. The children had to handle these with care as the items were so old.
Afterwards, there was a short walk to Moseley Bog to examine a “burnt mound” where Bronze Age people had once lived. Archaeologists discovered lots of information about prehistoric life. Bluebirds played a tree identification game (to identify the pollen found in the mound) and also matched beetles to work out what people had eaten. They also discovered steam (from heated stones and water), was used to clean the skin. The dirt would rise to the skin surface which could then be scraped off. This was the first time a steam room was thought of!
Finally, the children heard about the Bronze Age and Iron Age and examined some Bronze Age tools.
The children really enjoyed their outdoor trip and were lucky with the sunshine too!
Bluebirds have been learning facts about Nelson Mandela who is a significant person in black history because he was the first black South African President. He spent 27 years in prison for campaigning for racial equality so that people could live together and all be treated the same, regardless of their colour. He was respected around the world and lived until 2013.
After creating some interesting fact files, the children enjoyed listening to “Free Nelson Mandela” the famous song written about him when he was in prison.
Today, Bluebirds learnt about when the Stone Age period happened and what events occurred. We began by making a “human timeline” and the rest of the children helped to put the dates in chronological order. We also talked about the meaning of BC and AD on our timeline dates. The children were very interested to discover when events first happened including humans making cave paintings, the use of pottery and the idea of farming. Nashe knew Stone Age people knew they hunted for food and Callum F knew there has been an Iron Age too. Bluebirds had lots of questions and thoughts such as:
Over the term, Mrs Parry gave Bluebirds the chance to explore their own learning, whereby the children all chose an area of the Ancient Egyptians they wished to learn about. To begin with, children each made a mind map in pencil, about what they already knew about their chosen topic. They all created a research question and conducted independent research using information books and the internet. Research areas chosen included Gods, Homes, Foods, Mummification, Food and Drink, Pharaohs, Animals and Daily Life. The children added all their new facts to their original mind maps in purple pen, so they could see how much new information they had discovered.
Every child had the opportunity to make an e-book about their topic, with seven children carrying on with this over the February half term, because they enjoyed it so much! To find out more, nine children also visited the museum in Birmingham to learn more about Egyptians and see a real mummy for themselves! Bluebirds then considered how to share their research with the rest of the class. These ideas included, posters, information booklets, power point presentations, songs and filmed presentations. There were some budding television presenters!
This afternoon, the children have shared their information with each other and all learnt new facts about a different area of the Egyptian topic. They all evaluated their own learning and considered whether they were successful, what they enjoyed, what was challenging and what would they change if they had the chance to do this type of activity again.
Kiall brought in a very precious photo album that belonged to his Great Grandad. The photos were taken in the 1940s during the war and included photos of the Pyramids, Sphinx and River Nile. There were also photos of newspapers from that time which linked well with our current writing in English.
Bluebirds loved looking at all the wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them with us Kiall.
Bluebirds have enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of Egyptian drama. They learnt lots more Egyptian facts and acted out what happened to a person once they died. Queen Tutsoph (Sophie) was prepared for the afterlife. Lots of the children displayed excellent acting skills! Afterwards, the children searched for artefacts with torches to create an exhibition table.
In Computing with Mr Baddhan, Bluebirds have started to create their eBooks in a program called Book Creator by designing their front covers and then working on the inside pages. Bluebirds will insert all the research they have found on their chosen topics into their books.
The children were asked to think of choosing the right pictures for each page and ensuring the pages look appealing to readers. Next week we will have the finished designs on our blog.