Our final art session was about technology enhanced learning and early years art, we talked about stories used within the early years classroom and how we could create our own e-book for children to use.  Unfortunately the session wasn’t long enough to complete the whole process but we did manage to make a character and background for our underwater adventure that we thought would appeal to young children!

Carla and I worked together, she created the background using polystyrene templates and paint and I used clay to create a character, I learnt how to join clay together, wetting and scoring the clay is a technique that even very young children would be able to do if modelled initially by an adult and books such as the lark ceramics book (2006) looks at 500 animals in clay showing a fantastic number of creative characters, a great resource to share with the children. We created Finlay the fish (that’s what I’ve named him anyway!) and Carla commenced the mammoth task of the  background on which he would be placed.  Here are a few pictures of what we did.

As I said unfortunately the session wasn’t long enough for us to create our e-books but some great ideas were provided for future classroom activities.

Finn IMG_1203[1] IMG_1204[1] IMG_1205[1] IMG_1207[1] IMG_1209[1]

I have also included a photo of some of the children’s text’s we looked at to help us think of ideas.  This would be a great lesson to complete with children of any age, working with different mediums allows the children to explore and investigate the use of texture and think about how they could create their own story, combining art with technology is extremely appealing to young children and I’m sure they would produce some fantastic work.

Hiett (2008) Working with clay for beginners is a good source to use when planning this sort of lesson as it will help when supporting the children to develop ideas of their own.




So our second session on how to teach music has finally arrived!!  This session we were introduced to a number of musical instruments that can be shared with children, we were then able to experiment with them, produce a short piece of music and also take a look at how we could make instruments of our own!  Take a look at our musical masterpiece and see what you think!`


Humpty Dumpty    Pirate Pete!  Instruments for use with KS1  Instruments to make   Making Music from junk!


Music to Inspire!  What to Choose!?! The photos show a variety of instruments that can be used during music sessions, instruments that can be made and books to support the lessons. Puppets are also another good resource, great for use with young children, we used ‘Pirate Pete’ to tell a short story>

As well as the instrumental piece we produced a short tune based upon our own adaption of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, introducing music to story can sometimes allow children to develop more creatively and remember a story in context.  Some children find it difficult to retain information and can struggle to recall the sequence of a story, using music can instill this for some children, therefore adapting lessons to their needs and abilities ensures progression and overall enjoyment.

The adapted version of Little Red Riding Hood

We explored how to make musical instruments, allowing children to see that anything could be used for music and explored a number of texts to use in class.  A fun filled lesson with lots of ideas to inspire children to get involved in music, from simple beats to rhyming songs, definitely something for everyone!

With a lack of music specialists in school it is now essential for non specialist teachers to make themselves more aware of available resources for this subject for the benefit of the children (Milligan 2004).  In conjunction with this Allen (1988) suggests that although teachers are not music specialists they are more than capable of balancing a wider curriculum within which music is included.


Milligan, D. (2004) Excellence and Enrichment:  New frontier in music.  Music for Life Conference.  London, 3rd March (2004).

Allen, S. (1989) Case studies in music consultancy.  British journal of music education, (5) 217-240.


Moving on!!

Ok, so my blog is not soooo great at the moment but I am hoping with a little bit more practise I will get to grips with it!

Here are a  few pictures from last weeks creative art session:






The lesson allowed us to think about drawing from description, the teacher read out various descriptions and asked us to put our thoughts down on paper, whether that be in words or pictures, using charcoal I managed to create a few simple images, a short, sharp activity that could be used at the beginning of an art session to draw the children into the lesson.


Using pic collage I have been able to show the art work created during our session, maybe next time I might even be able to create a moving image!

What have I learned???

I have had great fun experimenting with my new blog but am still completely confused by how to add, edit, upload and make it interesting!!!! I have learned that there is lots of fun to be had with technology but am at a loss as to  how to do it!

In science we did some peer teaching which was great, then moved onto looking at ways to enjoy science in foundation, we used corn flour, soap flakes and other gooey stuff!  Children love exploring and discovering texture so providing them with resources that enables this exploration gives them more opportunities to develop and expand their learning.

This type of activity fulfils the criteria required for ks1 where children should be able to ‘explore, name, discuss and raise and answer questions about everyday materials so that they become familiar with the names of materials and properties such as hard/soft; stretchy/stiff; shiny/dull; rough/smooth; bend/not bend and so on’ (National Curriculum 2013).

Using the pic collage app I was able to take and present pictures of the resources used during or session.

:-))))))))))))))))))))))))))  Smiling as I have finally managed to upload, edit and get my photos on my blog!!!  Yay!!


Some of the creative designs from the F2 children transferred to pic collage.

We had a fun week at school thinking about 3D shapes, making models and discussing the shapes used!

We shared a 3D shape song which the children really enjoyed! Follow the link and see what you think.

(Ref ICT/Science – 18/11/13).


The National Curriculum in England, Handbook for Primary Teachers Key Stages 1&2, pg115, Scholastic 2013.



During this session we looked at manually programming toys such as Bee-Bots, ‘a Bee-Bot is a programmable, battery-driven ‘toy’ that moves around the floor based on the given instructions’ (Elston 2007), many teachers use them within their classroom to enable children to understand the concept of giving instructions and providing directions.  The controls are situated on the back of the robot with four directional keys, go, clear and pause, the Bee-Bot will make a sound or flash its eyes to confirm when an instruction has been executed correctly.  They support young children in establishing the significance of providing accurate instructions and a basic grounding in programming for when they move onto the next stage.

So then moving on from programming a beebot manually to programming it on the computer, great fun for children, a simple and easy concept to follow!  I was able to do it so I’m sure the children will love it!

Slowly getting to grips with blogging?????  Mmmmmmm, I’m not so sure!!!!  A little bit more work needed I think!



Using ICT in the Primary School, Carol Elston, Paul Chapman Publishing, London 2007

(Ref ICT 11/11/13)


Fab day at uni yesterday drilling into ice balloons and adding food colouring then some creative art in the woods!

Forest Schools provide a perfect opportunity to explore the outdoors, it shows children how art can be created outdoors using natural materials, as long as clear rules are laid down making children aware not to put things into their mouths, wash hands afterwards etc. They will have an immense amount of fun exploring and developing their senses to create a master piece!

Children could even use I-pads to take pictures of their creations and turn them into moving images, there are some fantastic apps available for the I-pad that would support this such as picslide and slide3D.


Experimenting with Purple Mash – My exploding volcano!

We were introduced to a number of websites that allow you to use ICT creatively in the classroom, children can find fun ways to make ICT work for them, produce short stories, create their own pictures, moving images, use mash cams allowing them to impose their face onto an image of a famous person, knight or robot!!  Children will love it!

(Ref ICT/Art/Science sessions 4/11/13)