The National Botanic Garden of Wales @walesbotanic

We had a fantastic trip to The National Botanic Garden of Wales. We did a workshop on pond dipping and absolutely loved it. We found newts, frogs, snails, water fleas, damsel nymphs, a dragon fly nymph, leech, water boatmen, water beetles and ramshorn snails. We loved the experience and really enjoyed looking at the pond life through the microscopes back in the Garden Classroom.

Then we did a quick tour of the World through the giant greenhouse, visiting Chile, Australia, Canary Islands and Africa. Some of the plants were very unusual – there was one with hooks for catching guinea pigs! Luckily it didn’t catch any children today. Another plant had very pretty flowers which didn’t feel real!

We had a picnic lunch and went to the shop where we tried out our maths Рcounting/adding money up to £5 and working out change. Our day was complete!

David Hockney photograph collages

We are going to be finding out about the artist David Hockney this week and one of the things he has done is make pictures from lots of photos. We had a go at making our own by using Big Huge Labs and changing some of the photos from our Bute Park trip.

We have tried different background colours, frames/no frames and a different number of polaroids on a variety of chosen photographs.

We think they are pretty amazing! We hope you like them.

Hockneyiser photos

aimee hockney Lydia

Reha badr

isabelle Oliver

My creation - Georgiana Lydia

My creation - Imogen aimee hockney

My creation - Thalia's pretty flowers. Oliver

My creation- isabelle Valerio - Hockney

My creation flowers

Sunflowers like Van Gogh

This week we looked at some of Van Goghs paintings. Van Gogh painted several versions of Sunflowers and we looked closely and tried to imitate his style. We used acrylics which are thicker than the paint we usually use and it dried quicker too! This meant we could add splashes on top of the painting.