Bute Bulletin
3rd December 2021

“¿Qué tengo en mi mochila?”

We can’t believe that a whole term is almost over! It has been busy in the Club with group games, crafty portraits, serious grammar work, and even a Media project! With all these activities, the girls have revisited and extended on previously learned language, such as personal descriptions as well as describing the contents of their school bags. Check out the website for more photos and their videos “¿Qué tengo en mi mochila?”

World War II Workshop

Year 6 have been learning about Britain during World War II in our History lessons this term. We have mainly focused on the evacuation and the Home Front. The pupils took part in an interactive drama workshop that took them through the experiences a child might have had during those difficult times. I’m sure the girls would agree that this enabled them to empathise with what children would have gone through.

Guy Fawkes Workshop

Today, Year 1 had an opportunity to watch the re-enactment of Guy Fawkes during The Gunpowder Plot workshop. Children also got involved and were able to dress up as various characters. They thoroughly enjoyed the production and it reinforced what we have been learning in class.

Decorating the Christmas Tree

This week, 3H got into the Christmas spirit and had a wonderful time decorating the Bute House Christmas tree with their own baubles and decorations. Look how beautiful it is!

Art in Reception

Reception have been very busy in their Art lessons this half term. Using the book ‘Blue Penguin’ as a starting point, we looked at Barbara Rae’s paintings of the Artic, especially her representations of fracturing ice and looming icebergs. The girls explored ‘wax-resist’ technique to make bands of colours, which were then overlaid with watercolours. The blue penguins were then collaged into the landscape.

The girls have also made headbands for their Nativity. They designed their first ideas using sketchbooks, focusing on colours and what features should be included for their stage character. They then painted the bands and made the accessories using collage, glitter or crayons. They had completed everything by the dress rehearsal deadline – what a productive and creative class!

2H: Malevich and Constructivism

2H have been looking at the Russian painter Malevich, and how he used shading to express feelings. We learnt that he also used basic geometric shapes, which he painted in a limited range of strong colours.

The girls created their own designs with geometric shapes and applied primary and secondary colours, just like Malevich, blending shades from dark to light. Cardboard boxes were brought in, which the girls painted black, to make a collaborative installation, which then became a new ‘city’. The buildings were subsequently arranged and lit with spotlights and finger lights to create a dramatic effect. Our next lesson is going to focus on drawing the city, using charcoal.

1B: Paintings inspired by Frank Bowling

1B painted on big canvases last week, inspired by the artist Frank Bowling. Most of our preparatory lessons have focused on using hot or cool colours, as we looked at Bowling’s paintings of volcanoes, as well as how he uses lots of different textures in his work. It was a delight to see the class working collaboratively, spreading the paint with big brushes, tipping the canvas up to let the paint dribble and run and also scrape chalk dust into particular areas. The next stage will involve adding more paint, chalk dust, textures, toys and written notes or poems.

Are We Damaging Our World?

This term, Year 6 have been exploring the question Are We Damaging Our World? At the beginning of the year, they investigated the latest findings from WWF and presented them in their own news report. They have also discovered how we use minerals every day, their impact on the planet and suggested ways to recycle and/or reduce mineral usage. While learning about the carbon cycle and renewable/ non-renewable energy, the girls were challenged to choose the best renewable energy sources for different communities living on the remote Moja Island. Most recently, the girls have been learning about the impact humans have on the oceans. This has included the paramount importance of the oceans to the planet but also the threats, including pollution and overfishing.

DT Club News

Mrs Hernandez is very proud and impressed with her Year 5 and 6 Wednesday creative clubbers. They have worked so hard making papier mâché vases. Building up the layers of newspaper has been real fun and the outcomes are simply stunning! The best thing about this project is that the girls now know how to create something beautiful from what would otherwise end up in the rubbish and in doing so, they have developed their Topaz, Diamond and Emerald powers. Well done girls! The display on the second floor has turned our corridors into a very exquisite art gallery. There are more photos on our website.

Upcoming Week

Monday 6th Dec 2021

Autumn ABRSM Exams

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LAST Swim Squad Yr.4

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LAST Netball Club Yr.5

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Y5&6 Open morning

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LAST Cross Country Yr.6

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Lower School Nativity

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LAST Tap Yrs 3/4

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LAST Gym Squad 1

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LAST Tap Yrs 5/

Tuesday 7th Dec 2021

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LAST Netball Yrs. 5/6 A squad

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LAST Swim Squad Yrs. 4/5/6

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LAST Gym Club Yrs.3/4

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LAST Gym Squad 2

Wednesday 8th Dec 2021

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LAST Netball Club Yr.6

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LAST Cross Country Yr.5

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4W Coffee & Meet Ami Unadkat (SBr, CF, NG)

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Year 5 Dress Rehearsal

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LAST LAMDA Drama

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LAST Karate Club Yrs.3/4

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LAST Gym Club Yrs. 3/4

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LAST LAMDA Drama

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LAST LAMDA Drama

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LAST Gym Club Yrs. 5/6

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LAST Karate Club Yrs. 4/5/6

Thursday 9th Dec 2021

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LAST Swim Squad Yrs. 5/6

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LAST Cross Country Yrs. 3/4

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Year 6 Parent Meetings

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US Orchestra

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LAST Kwik Cricket Yrs.3/4

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LAST Musical Theatre Yrs 3/4

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LAST Kwik Cricket Yr.5/6

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LAST Musical Theatre Yrs 5/6

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Y5 Show

Friday 10th Dec 2021

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LAST Swim Squad Yrs. 4/5/6

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LAST Netball Club Yr.4

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LS Nativity for Y2 Parents (Y2)

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LAST Swim Squad Yrs. 4/5/6

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LAST Street Dance Yrs 3/4/5/6

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!NO Gym Squad 1

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Gymnastics Club Champs