On Thursday 9 Feb Year 5 went to Warwick University for an Aspire day. The children had a chemistry demonstration from Dr Nick Baker and a tour of the campus, exploring how science & nature can be found in a fantatstic treasure trail.
Here are some of experiments Dr Nick Baker showed the children.
We had an amazing trip at Warwick University. Starting in the brand new lecture theatre, we were treated to a range of chemistry experiments ably demonstrated by Nick. Look at the link to see some of them in action.
On Friday 13th May, year 5 went to the Icon gallery. We went to see Dan Flavin’s exhibition. Dan Flavin used fluorescent lights in different ways. He used the slogan “it is what it is and it ain’t nothing else.”
What an amazing day Year 5 had today. We visited the Ikon Gallery to see the exhibits of Dan Flavin, an American artist who worked with fluorescent lights. He used different colours and lengths to create his work. Often the lights played tricks on our eyes, for example a room looked pink from one angle but blue from another. Also different colour shadows were made on the floor and the walls. After looking at some of his work, we had a go at creating our own installations using his inspiration. Later in the day we visited the library, where we enjoyed lunch in the gardens and visited the Shakespeare Gallery and Memorial room. Oh, and we watched some dance rehearsals on JCBs! Did you know both The Ikon Gallery and The Library are free to visit and have lots of exciting things to do? What do you know about colour and light? Can you explain why our eyes perceive different colours from different angles and why shadows can be a variety of colours?
On Friday 8th January, Year 5 spent the day in town learning lots about art.
First we went along Birmingham Walk of Stars and learnt about famous Brummies.
We arrived in Victoria Square and looked at statues of Queen Victoria and Anthony Gormley. Look at our group photo by the old fountain.
Next we went into Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to look at different paintings and spend time looking at the treasures of The Staffordshire Hoard.
After this we spent some time in The Birmingham Hall of Memory, which was built to remember people who had fought in the World Wars.
We were now getting hungry, so we went into The Dicovery Gardens in Birmingham Central Library to eat lunch.
The afernoon was spent in The Ikon Gallery looking at work by Fiona Banner. She invented her own typeface and called it ‘Font’. A lot of her work is play on words.
Fiona Banner watched lots of flms about The Vietnam War and described each scene in her own words in her own book. Some of the words were put on the wall and look very different under different lights.
She also likes to make people think. She projected photos of City Bankers onto a print of a pair of men’s pin-striped trousers and built a scaffolding tower out of glass.
We had a go sketching a tower of books from different angles. We finished the day by some of us creating poses, while others sketched the poses using charcoal or chalk without taking the drawing implement of the page.
Look out for further blogs about our Art Project linked with The Ikon Gallery and The University of Birmingham.