Year 4 have been continuing their weekly introduction to the French language by learning how to count from one to ten in French. At first this seemed like a daunting prospect. We soon fund however that we are fortunate at Michael School to have many children who already speak a second language at home.
We are incredibly proud of this multi-linguistic talent that we are able to share around the school. We invited each second language speaker to count from one to ten in their own language so that we could share it. Once this task was complete, the idea of learning another new language such as French seemed slightly less daunting!
Our artwork in Year 4 has involved looking at the work of some of the famous abstract painters. We have introduced the children to the work of the famous Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian. We researched how he first started painting in a traditional style, but then soon developed his own unique abstract forms of straight lines and primary colours.
To help the pupils out with the use of straight lines we folded the paper into halves, quarters and eighths. We then asked the Year 4 pupils to experiment by shading in some sectors, but not others. Our use of mathematical fractions came in handy! The results are some stunning Mondrian images that we can now display around Year 4.