We are so excited to be participating in Zoe's International Postcard Swap, over at one of our favourite blogs: Playing By The Book. If your book-loving family would like to take part in the fun, you can find full details at the link above. What a great idea, snail mailing to five families anywhere in the world - it's been such a long time since we've sent any post this way! We've our postcards of favourite picture books picked out already.... closing date is May 17th. Tweet Read more →

This half term, our class are appreciating the work of various children's picture book illustrators and attempting to recreate their techniques. Here is our first project, focusing on the work of Oliver Jeffers in The Incredible Book Eating Boy masterpiece! This book was one of our first choices because Oliver grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and I think that it's so important for the children to identify with local success stories. Also, Oliver uses mixed media in his illustrations and this is an area that we really needed to develop. This new video of Oliver has recently been released... Read more →

If you haven't shared Helen Cooper's Pumpkin Soup with your children yet, then you're in for a treat. This is a seasonal favourite for us, and as soon as pumpkins start appearing in local shops, we search through the bookshelves for our copy. Beautifully illustrated, the story explores friendship, co-operation and sharing as the three main characters (duck, squirrel and cat) disagree on who should do what while making pumpkin soup. The cosiness of the cabin with its warm quilt and good smell of soup always puts us in the mood for making our own pumpkin soup (we always use... Read more →

As part of our harvest celebrations, each class has made an artwork contribution to decorate our assembly hall for the season. Here are the big fat hens that we created using sugar paper, oil and chalk pastels. I love how the use of colour (in the style of illustrator Keith Baker) makes them so animated and quirky. The original idea comes from Patty over at Deep Space Sparkle, her step by step instructions are foolproof! She also has some wonderful Hallowe'en inspired art projects to try! Read more →

Cressida Cowell's little seasick hero would certainly receive some lessons in bravery from our terrifying viking crew! We provided the children with lots of images of Vikings, found online and in non-fiction texts. We used little view finders so that the children could hone in on the facial expressions, armour, clothing and hair! Just cut a rectangle out of black sugar paper, then cut out an inner window. I usually laminate these for future use. The children then had the option of using charcoal, oil pastels, or watercolour to create their own Viking portraits. I'm so impressed with how our... Read more →