Human Body – Our Insides

After completing our skeleton we next decided to do our insides, so Elsa drew around Anna (the keeping still part was pretty difficult) ūüôā

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We had already ordered some information from the British Heart Foundation, which was brilliant and free (donation if you choose).

We discussed the different organs and what they did, then I asked the girls to put the internal organs where they thought they went.

Anna’s attempt was not bad, but I guess having your brain in your neck could cause a problem and maybe having the oesophagus that way round might make it difficult to¬†eat. ūüôā¬† Elsa’s was near on perfect with the placing of them, not the order though.¬† Well done girls.

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Next we drew the organs onto the life size drawing of Anna, which the girls had fun doing.

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We¬†discussed the large and small intestines¬†in a bit more in depth.¬†¬†To give perspective, we¬†measured out the actual lengths of them with wool.¬† The small intestine is 4 times as long as you are tall, and the large intestine is as long as you are tall,¬† The¬†girls found it fascinating trying to fit it all in the little space in the body.¬† As you can see we did it¬†perfectly ūüėȬ† We also watched a short video which shows¬†the route of the digestive¬†system, which was funny.

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Next job was talking more about the heart and what job it does (very important if you didn’t know) ūüėČ We did an experiment involving pulse rates, we took resting pulse, then did a minute each of star jumps,¬†running, skipping and dancing to see what happened to our heart rates.¬† The girls enjoyed doing this and even made me do it.

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We talked about the respiratory system and how that works.  We drew and labelled the parts on our body drawing.

The final part of this topic was a discussion about muscles and tendons.  We talked about how they work in pairs, how many there are, what the tendons are there for and then we made a tendon hand which was fun, then Elsa wrote down what she remembered about what we had learned.

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Our completed drawings look great (and very busy) ūüôā

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This has been a very interesting topic and we will come back to it in more depth in the future.

Matisse – Art Project 2

The art curriculum we are using had several art pieces to do by Henri Matisse.  This one was inspired from his Icarus cutout.  We decided to use paint instead of paper for the main part of the picture.

Firstly we drew round Anna to get the rough outline of our painting.

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Next we changed the shape so it was more fluid and similar to the original then started painting it in the same colours he did his cutouts from.

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Next we cut out random stars and stuck them on.  Elsa painted on the heart.

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Final painting.  This turned out really well.  The girls enjoyed doing it, it was lovely to spend time outside in the sunshine.

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