Year 4 had a fantastic time at the British Museum. We saw real mummies and other artifacts from Ancient Egypt that were up to 5000 years old. We had a fascinating talk about how the Ancient Egyptians mummified dead bodies and how they can be scanned using new technology to see exactly what they look like without uncovering them.
We have also been very busy during our art lessons creating wood blocks inspired by traditional African prints. We looked at the features of African prints and incorporated them in ours. We used string to create a pattern on our block and then we used the paint and rollers to make them very colourful. We pressed them down on our paper to create wonderful images.
Year 4’s autumn term topic is ‘African Adventure’. The children have explored many aspects of the geography and history of the continent and have focused on Ancient Egypt. They enjoyed their trip to the British Museum in November where they extended their knowledge by investigating the Egypt and Africa exhibits.
In English they have been enjoying the Power of Reading text ‘The Village that Vanished’ and a second book, ‘Fly Eagle Fly’. Year 4 have also enjoyed developing their football skills this term in sessions run by Non-Stop Action.
National (last year’s) Y3 Tate Project
Holly Park Primary School is one of over 1,500 London primary schools involved in the Tate Year 3 Project, one of the world’s most ambitious contemporary art projects. Explored through the vehicle of the traditional school class photograph, a vast new art work is one of the most ambitious portraits of children ever undertaken in the UK.
It offers a glimpse of the capital’s future, a hopeful portrait of a generation to come. Last academic year, Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen invited every Year 3 pupil in London to have their photograph taken by a team of specially trained Tate photographers. They included children from state primaries, independent schools, faith schools, special schools, pupil referral units and home-educated pupils. Holly Park took part in this project. These class photos are brought together into a single large-scale installation, capturing tens of thousands of Year 3 pupils in a milestone year in their development. ‘There’s an urgency to reflect on who we are and our future […] to have a visual reflection on the people who make this city work. I think it’s important and in some ways urgent.’ Steve McQueen.
Both of our Holly Park Classes from Y3 last year will feature in the exhibition at the Tate which will run for 6 months. In addition to the thousands of class photographs exhibited together at Tate Britain, the Tate Year 3 Project will also take some of the classes out into each of London’s 33 boroughs. An outdoor exhibition will feature individual class photographs on large billboard sites across the city. It will take place in the first three weeks of November 2019, beginning just before the opening of the exhibition at Tate Britain. The exciting news is that one of our Y3 classes was selected as only one of 54 classes who were selected from the apx 1500 classes. You may want to look out for them when you are out and about in London! Our current Y4 classes (Y3 last year) will be going on a trip to the Tate in March with their Y3 class teachers to see the exhibition.