A leaf man’s got to go where the wind blows…

This week we have been exploring the story Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert.

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We discussed her stunning illustrations and commented on her use of colour and how this links to autumn. As part of our science learning, we examined trees in our woodland area and noted the changes we could see. Did you know that trees begin to lose their leaves in autumn because the days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting colder?

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We collected different leaves and created leaf rubbings using chalk. Before we picked up the chalks, we thought carefully about which colours would be the most effective. Then we considered how we would arrange the leaves before beginning our leaf rubbings.

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Later in the day we created autumn tree pictures inspired by the artistic technique Pointillism. We compared the media we had used that day. Some people preferred the paint because it was brighter, whilst others thought the chalks because they could be smudged and blended.

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Last week, we designed a protective outfit for Humpty Dumpty as part of STEM week. During this process, we explored different materials, used these to design a protective suit or container, created the protective suit or container and tested them by putting a real egg in them and dropping them from a height of 1 meter. When we dropped the eggs, some of cracked but lots of survived the fall! We found that the protective containers worked best as the egg did not smash in any of them.DSCF4284 DSCF4283 DSCF4263 IMG_1290 IMG_1283 IMG_1282