Continuing our 'Habitats' topic we researched the polar regions this week.
We compared the north and south polar ice caps, discussing the different animals which inhabit each.
We looked at some geographical features of Antarctica and located it on both a map and a globe.
We watched a video showing some creatures which live in the waters under and surrounding the ice of Antarctica.
We used various techniques to produce our artwork this week, masking off the iceberg areas, using a wash of cold colours for sky and sea. We ripped and stuck an ice shelf at the bottom of our pictures on which we placed drawn, coloured and cut out Antarctic animals.
Do you like the shadows beneath our icebergs?
As part of our topic on 'Habitats' we learned about savannahs and discussed African savannahs in particular.
We talked about savannah plants, and about the animals which inhabit the savannahs.
We watched a fascinating video clip of savannah land in West Africa.
We then painted these striking silhouettes which show acacia trees and savannah dwelling animals.
How many can you name?
Click on the left to view the slideshow of a selection of pictures...
We learned about different ways mountains are formed.
We discussed various types of mountain habitat.
We watched some video shot from drones flying over both the Himalayas and over Scottish mountains.
We saw how the ibex can negotiate steep climbs and marvelled at the inquisitiveness and gentleness of a family of mountain gorillas.
We then set to work, using oil pastels, to create these wonderful, stylised mountain landscapes, remembering to press hard and blend with our fingers.
We tried to keep the most vibrant colours for the foreground to suggest distance.
Don't they look striking!
ABORIGINAL DOT PICTURES
As part of our topic on 'Habitats' we learned about how deserts are formed.
We discussed the outback of Australia, it's remoteness and the indigenous people who inhabit it.
We talked about native desert animals and then watched some stunning video of the Ayres Rock area, taken from the air.
We then made these pictures in 'Aboriginal' style, using the handles of our paintbrushes to create the right effect.
We incorporated some traditional Aboriginal symbols in our work.