Year 5 Birmingham City University

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This week the team put together this short video to tell you all about Hobmoor TV, including how to access our blog posts and how to get involved. We would love for you to share our posts and comment on our videos – let us know if you have a story for us!

Ikon Gallery Follow Up

On Friday, Emma, from The Ikon Gallery, and Beth and Amy from Birmingham City University visited Year 5 at school.
During one session we made collages about our trip to The Ikon and the artist Fiona Banner to go into our Arts Award books. In the second session we made book covers, using carbon paper and wood blocks. These will then be stacked to look like Fiona Banner’s stacked books that we saw at the gallery.
If you have any questions about our project, please ask the children in Year 5.








Hobmoor TV – we’re back!

Happy new year everybody! We hope everybody enjoyed themselves over the winter break. Just before the holidays, the Hobmoor news team managed to get this exclusive video message from a very special visitor to the school…


So, have you all been good for Santa? If not don’t worry – it’s a new year and a new start for everyone, and the news team have some tips on how to make the most of 2016. We also have some exciting news about a new project by some of the year 3 and 4 students:

Creating with clay!

Hello! i am Elaine Lim-Newton, i am a sculpture artist who mainly works with clay. As part of the Every Child is an Artist Project i will be working with years 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 to experience and make our own fantastic sculptures in clay using lots of different techniques.

We will be making sculptures in a variety of clays, sizes and shapes and colour them with bright clay slips ( runny coloured clay) and shiny glazes. The finished sculptures will be exhibited in a fantastic final event and hopefully be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.

The theme for this term is community so over the last two weeks we have been exploring this theme through drawings and designs. and creating our own 2d totems from the drawings.

We have also been introduced to clay, and have learnt how to prepare it and experiment with textures and mark making with lots of different tools and collected items.


The new team for Every Child Is An Artist

This term we welcome a new team of visual artists who are working with the children – Claire, Elaine and Faith. ‘Our Community’ is the theme we are working with over the term. Here is a little about each of our Artists.

Faith Pearson

I started working as an artist when I was very small and I never stopped. I have always used anything I could find to create my art and when I had made it I played with it too. I made puppet shows, costumes and I even made a miniature holiday camp and my own little pets.

Now I earn a living making things and I love making things with other people especially children because they have big imaginations and lots of ideas.

I think that creativity and play are things that humans need to do to survive just as important as eating and sleeping.

Human beings have created things with whatever they could find for thousands of years and we will be looking at some of these artworks as inspiration for our project this term.


Here is Transforma Family – a work Faith made earlier in the year.

Claire Hickey

I am a Visual Artist and Creative Practitioner with over 7 years experience working within the arts in a variety of freelance and employed positions specifically in education, outreach and project co-ordination. I have worked with a wide range of people in schools, galleries, healthcare settings, youth groups and the lifelong learning sector and have recently completed an MA in Art & Design at Birmingham City University.

I have delivered a wide range of visual arts projects in schools (including primary) with a main focus on 3D creative explorations. I particularly enjoy developing projects in collaboration with staff and children that follows their interests and encompasses a hands-on approach to learning.

I use a wide variety of materials and techniques in my work including clay, plaster, concrete, wire, fabric, paper, found objects, soap and wax with methods ranging from mould-making, casting, carving to construction.

Photo 04-11-2013 14 18 12This piece by Claire is from “Test Bed” at Kingshurst Arts Space, 2013

Elaine Lim-Newton

I am a professional ceramic artist creating sculptural forms inspired by a life long fascination with the natural world. I exhibit and sell my work through galleries and events across the UK and have received several commissions and awards from organisations such as the Arts Council England for a number of collaborative community projects, relevant examples include the Biome and Ceramica projects.

Current ideas include: The design and creation of large modular mosaics composed from ceramic relief tiles and other interesting media, these could be mounted on a handpainted patterned wooden board. large sculptural forms made in clay, wire or card these pieces could be hung from the ceiling or wall for something a little different. Or perhaps the creation of several totem type sculptures composed of several modular pieces.

Under the theme of ‘Our community’ we will take inspiration from Yardleys Heritage and history, life at the oasis academy, the varied cultural backgrounds of the participants and my own work and inspirations..

  1. These Ceramic objects were made by Elaine in her “Propogation Range” exploring beautiful glazes with textural forms.

ECA: 3D Model Making & Scanning

It’s been a busy and creative few months at Hobmoor for classes 3K, 3C, 4C & 4R as they created their 3D cities. After building cars and models on the iPADS, using 123D Design, we moved onto using papercraft and plasticine to create more content. The models were then scanned into the computer using a 3D Scanner on an iPAD.

Making Trees

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A 3D Scan of a tree!!  Click and drag to rotate.

Making the Buildings and Cars using Nets


A net of a building 


A net of a car

To create the buildings and cars, we used nets to create a texture map. The nets, unfolded 3D shapes, were used as a template for the students to create their designs. Each net was scanned into a computer and placed on a 3D model, this is similar to the process used in creating 3D models for computer games.

After scanning, the cars and building were gluded together to make paper models.



Adding Colour in SketchUP


The 3D models created using the 123D Design software, on iPAD, were loaded into SketchUP for the students to add colour and extra details. SketchUP is a free programme for Mac and PC, and the students found it easy to use and were soon adding colour to their models.

Self Portraits


To display the final cities using Augmented Reality, each class needed a AR marker. We decided to make our markers by combining self-portraits of everyone in the class. The students started by drawing themselves in the centre and then added things they love as a border.

All the self-portraits were scanned into the computer and collaged together to create the unique AR marker for each class.


Next the children are 3D scanned and we build up the city… To be continued!

Introducing our new class pets…Toby and Tiddles!

Last week as a lovely start to our new ILP a topic, Paws, Claws and Whiskers we had the pleasure of introducing the Year 1 class guinea pigs.

“did you know that guinea pigs are of no relation topigs but are instead more closely related to rats or squirrels?”

The children decided to name the daddy Toby and the baby Tiddles.

Toby is one years old and Tiddles is still young at 3 months.

This week the children are writing instructions for how to look after the guinea pigs and we look forward to displaying them soon.

They have started to feed Toby and Tiddles and are learning how to look after them.

We look forward to keeping you up-to-date about all the exciting things that they do and will share more photos when they are more settled and ready to come out of their cage!

Our Favourite moment – 2015


As we welcome a new year, let us flashback to one of our favourite events from the Autumn term.

Just before the holidays we went to the cinemas to see ‘The Good Dinosaur’ as a lovely end to our dinosaur topic.

We went by bus which was great because we could look out the windows and read all the road signs

At the cinema we had popcorn and chocolate and then we ate our lunch.

As a treat we went to the park before we went home.

“The park was fun because we went on all the things!” -Zarak

“We saw the dinosaurs” -Chloe

“We knew lots about the film because we had learnt about dinosaurs at school” -Naeem