Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sculpture Workshop

This week, Darcy Turner visited the school to teach us a bit about sculpture.  Darcy is a London based artist, designer and inventor who runs unique 3D workshops with children.  
Over the last two days, he worked with Year 4 & 5 creating some superb wild animal sculptures.  Under his instruction, the children learned how to cut, shape and join wire to make wonderful 3D forms.  They worked in groups building the various animal parts, eventually joining them together.  Six animals were made in total; a giraffe, lion, rhino, crocodile, shark and eagle.  The artist was very impressed by the children’s ability to collaborate so well on the construction.  The quality of the work was some of the best he has seen!  The children had such a great time, and really enjoyed showing off their effort out on the Headmaster's lawn.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Gayhurst School- Past, Present, Future

Year 6 spent last term researching into to the history of the Gayhurst School.   A visit from our previous Headmaster Mr A Sims helped shed light of the school's past beginning back in 1908.  The children identified pivotal points in the timeline which would act as a starting point for our mural design. We decided to focus on the Headteachers of past an present and the changes which occurred during their time.  The children were asked to look into the future and predict what types of changes may be ahead, opening their imagination to the types of exciting technologies which may exist in the schools of the future. 12 key ideas were split between 12 groups of children.  The children created designs independently and then combined ideas for their final design. Imagery, symbols, names and dates all played a part in the composition of their designs. They have done extremely well.  Now all that's left to do is paint!

Y4 Wycombe Museum

On Monday, Year 4 enjoyed a trip to the Wycombe Museum.  They learned about the rich history of chair design and wood craft in Wycombe during the Victorian era.  A discovery challenge lead them around the museum , where they could interact with chairs of the past.  In the learning room they had to become people of the craft industry, and through role-play activity they learned about the different jobs and tools which were used to make the famous Windsor Chair.  Back in the classroom the children will begin to generate ideas for their own chair design based on a particular character or occasion. 



Thursday, January 17, 2019

Classical Clay

In this unit Year 5 created a clay relief tile.  They took inspiration from the V&A in a gallery lead session called Inspired by the Classic's.  They learned to identify classical features by their visual qualities.  In the classroom their knowledge was reinforced by revisiting imagery and continuing discussion.  The children made connections between features before fusing aspects from two or three classical features together to form new designs. They explored the qualities of the clay and different techniques before beginning their clay relief tile.


Classical Clay Relief Tiles