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Michelangelo in Room 10

This week we have been learning about the famous artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or Michelangelo as he is more commonly known. Michelangelo was a very talented man, he was a painter, sculptor, poet and architect. We took a look at one of his most famous pieces- the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. We wanted to know how it might have felt to paint the roof of a building and so we set ourselves up for the lesson…

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We lay down on the ground and put our pictures on the bottom of our tables…this made it feel like we were painting on the roof. We selected a very famous piece of the Sistine Chapel known as the Creation. This shows Adam and God reaching out to each other.

We found plenty of difficulties in this lesson and we only did it for 40 minutes… Cant imagine how you would feel after 4 years!!

Paper Helicopters

In room 10 we decided to experiment with energy and forces. We each made two paper helicopters using a simple template.

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    What we need-

  • Paper Helicopter Template.
  • Scissors.
  • Paper Clips.
  • Ruler.

With our paper helicopters made we then measured the length of the blades, we wanted to have one helicopter with long blades and one helicopter with short blades. we discovered that our long blade helicopters flew longer and further than our short blade helicopters, this is because of the force and energy pushing up against the blades.

We also experimented dropping the helicopters from different heights- We noticed that the higher up from the ground that we released the helicopter, the further it flew and the longer it took to reach the ground.

Finally, we tried to change another variable and we added one or two paper clips onto the stem of our helicopter. This changed the weight of our helicopters and the results showed that this made the helicopters fly even faster.

Listening and Responding

Today Room 10 presented our “Listening and Responding” for the rest of the school. We listened to “The Little Train of Caipira” by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer born in 1887. We listened very carefully to the piece of music and tried to work out what message the composer was trying to convey. Here are some of the images we created before we knew the title of the piece. We have everything included- dragons, castles, battle scenes etc.

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Let’s work together.

Just back from our holidays and we are already looking at the benefits of working as a team. We have made our “Patchwork” pictures and the results are very colourful. Each one of us designed our own picture which was then cut up into quarters. The quarters were mixed around to create a patchwork effect. Have a look and see can you find all the quarters…