We have been learning about Madagascan life and culture through art, music and dance. We have researched the different things that visitors can do in Madagascar and have learned about the famous things to do on the island.
We know that music is important within African culture. We have listened to different types of African music. We have designed our own African percussion instruments and have enjoyed constructing and decorating them.
We are learning about different styles of dance this half term and have enjoyed learning about the important traditions of dance in Africa and America. We enjoyed working with a special visitor from Zest Dance Workshops to learn different dance steps and routines. We learned two different styles of African dance which told stories about farming and the harvesting. We also learned about the Lindy Hop from the U.S.A.
We have been learning about African wildlife and have used Tingatinga paintings and the work of Edward Tingatinga to help us to create our own African art. Edward Tingatinga only taught 6 students in his lifetime and we have used the artwork of one of his student's Emilias. The paintings are very colourful and include different animals. Here are some photographs of our paintings.
We have been looking at lots of different African artefacts to help us to learn about life in Africa. Barnaby Bear also brought some souvenirs for us from his trip to Madagascar. He brought us some carved woodwork animals and some mangoes for us to try.
Barnaby Bear has told us that pancakes are really popular in New York. As it is pancake day we made traditional pancakes and American style pancakes. We collected the equipment and measured the ingredients carefully. We all had a go at adding an ingredient and mixing the pancakes. The American pancakes were thicker and fluffier than the ones we normally have. We tried different types of pancakes and different toppings and had a vote for the most popular ones. The winning topping was chocolate spread!!
We have been designing and making our own colourful African necklaces. We made the necklaces our of foam clay and added beads to decorate them.
Barnaby Bear had a wonderful time in New York. Please click on the power point to see photographs of the different places he has visited.
Barnaby Bear brought lots of souvenirs back from New York.
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