Category: Grade 5

Quentin Blake inspired us!

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The grade 5’s have been learning about the famous and wonderful artist Quentin Blake. I took my note ideas and a frame from his site

We are now creating a picture in the style of Quentin Blake.

The watercolour paints worry the children as they are not used to using so much water or making the colours so light. Even when I show and explain how we will be doing a second layer of paint and hat will have richer places of colour. Still they struggle to use the colours lightly.

It is a work in progress.


Simple paper cut

This fabulous lesson idea i found on Pinterest. I loved making mine with the children and they loved the outcome. Once they understood the flip idea they were hooked.

We start with an A3 white page and a rathe smaller rectangle of black paper. I cut an A3 black page down the short side into thirds or quarters to create the middle black areas.

It is important to stress that no black pieces may be cut off to throw away. So every part must be used or the concept is ruined.
Also important is the exact alignment of the black cut pieces as it creates a preciseness which is beautiful and clear. It looks professional and well finished if you make the kids become pedantic about their final sticking.

Everything is cut out and only stuck when all is ready.

I have explained the cuts in terms of flips and children who can make triple or quadruple flips are praised as very cleaver indeed.

Do give this project a try. Its the type of project where kids excitedly go home and more more of the same idea for themselves – which in my mind makes it a complete sucess!






I saw this beautiful idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a try with my grade 5’s. It only took 2 lessons and though it looks rigid and lacking in creative freedom we found that there were plenty of options and ways to change it up.

The kids were thrilled at the idea of doing two “naughties” in one project: tracing and using colour koki’s. We normally would observe the object and use anything but colour koki’s. using highlighters was the bomb! They loved it!

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