As part of our Victorian Project, we have been reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty which has been the main focus in our English lessons. We started our English lessons by looking at the front cover and using our inference (our reading targets) to collect clues from the pictures and the words. Once we read a few chapters, we started to think about how the characters were feeling and used evidence to back up our reasons. Using this to help us, we wrote a diary (as Jim) and included how we felt about our experience in the pie shop and when Mr Spink kicked us out of our home.
In Art, we have been researching a Victorian artist - William Morris. We have learnt that:
He was the son of a wealthy business man.
He became a poet, artist and manufacturer.
William Morris went to Oxford University to study for the Church. He originally was going to become a priest but decided to devote his life to art instead.
He had lots of friends who were writers, poets and artists.
His career in designing started when he decorated his own house in London.
He made stained glass windows.
William Morris made patterned wall paper and tapestries.
'Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.' (William Morris)
By observing his art work, we were able to generate a S2S and noticed that William Morris made designs of floral patterns (patterns inspired by flowers and plants) that could be repeated many times by block printing techniques on large pieces of paper to make patterned wallpaper. We have recreated a William Morris design by following the S2S to ensure that our art work was in the style of William Morris. Here are a few examples of our designs: