Thursday, 26 May 2016

Growing patterns with matchsticks and with cubes

In 4G today we chose growing patterns to build. We labelled each step number, and then made graphs of our patterns.
Migeul and Evangelos chose a growing pattern of cubes
Ines and Killian's wasn't exactly growing. Look a the graph of it... 
Ines and Killian's graph
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Rhea chose H. Here's her graph:

Miguel made a series of cubes:

Tibo and Jinmin's graph
Hannah and Noa's graph

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Creating Three-Colour Shape Sculptures

These are amazing!
With a limited number of shapes, and just three colours, children were asked to create something 3D. It could be abstract or represent something.
We put roughly two hours into this, and what a variety of unexpected structures have emerged!
Miss Whittaker showed us what to do, using an idea from a blog called Mrs Jackson's Art Room. (Thank you Mrs Jackson!)

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Coolest Buildings in the First British Architects' International Prize

We've been looking at the buildings on the shortlist for the  First British Architects' International Prize

Which ones did we think deserved to win?

ParkRoyal hotel, Singapore
Tibo, Noah, Killian: "The best for nature, with lots of trees. It looks comfortable, camouflaged, cool. It would suck pollution, smoke out of the air."
Louis, Felix, Bea: "Colourful and friendly."
MeiLi, Libby, Evangelos, Manu: "It looks camouflaged and comfortable."
Maryam, Nicola, Hannah: "It could be like a natural house, that's good for the environment. Part of its beauty is its naturalness. It helps nature and it doesn't pollute as much. The plants take in carbon dioxide and they give oxygen. They help the world!"
Ines, Orla, Rhea: "There are lots of plants and it looks nice to stay in. Lots of greenery and freeness for plants. It's an interesting shape too."
Abi, Yeshu, Shriya: "Very eco-friendly. It also looks very pretty with all the plants on the edge."

Heydar Aliyev Arts Centre, Azerbaijan
Miguel, Ellis, Matteo: "It is big and tall, so it can fit lots of people in it. It's a public building."
 Beatriz, Cristina, Maria: "It's got light and it's colourful."

Sancaklar Mosque, Turkey

Saint Trinitatis Church, Germany

Tula House, Canada
Loris, Mateo, Pablo: "The view is lovely and the house is modern."

University, Qatar
 Edward, Julia, Kirill: "It's really attractive with wings. It looks like a aeroplane. At the back it has these stripes. It would make a perfect university. It's good for the environment because it doesn't take up too much space."
Marcus, Jinmin and Keech: "The colours are very cool."

House, Australia

Hotel, United States of America
Armand, Noa, Teresa: "It's like a pyramid; one part looks like it's broken. It has lots of squares."

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Furry Shadow in Paris

Furry Shadow came with me to Paris to watch me compete in the French National Competitions/ Coupe de France in Combat Karate. (Here he is in my equipment bag and next to all the competition tapirs)

Here I am on the competition listings representing our region 'Midi Pyrenees'- my name is the third one!!

I lost my combat 3 to 2 but was very pleased and happy with how I performed -  here I am competing in blue.

Back to training next week for my next competition!



Kew House Questions

Our central idea at the moment is 

Shape and space affects the design of structures and their environments.

We thought it would be good to talk to an architect about this, and David Shanks has kindly said he will do a Google Hangout with us next week.

To help us think about this, we looked at a house in Kew that David Shanks has been involved in, and thought together about how the house was designed and built.
Kew House

After we felt we understood the building better, we thought of some questions to ask David Shanks:

Ellis and Ines: How did you think of all the shapes in the house?

Killian and Armand: Was it for a specific family?

Maryam: How long did it take to build it?

Rhea and Orla: Why is the roof so narrow?

Maria: How many people can live in it?

Orla: How many people were involved in building it?

Felix and Jinmin: How deep are the foundations?

Jinmin and Felix: How did you get the money for the house?

Beatriz: How long is the house?

Bea: How do you draw the plans?

Shriya and Louis: How do you decide how many/big windows there are?

Noah: Are all the steps/stairs the same size?

Kirill: How do you keep the whole house warm? (I can only see one furnace)

Edward and Matteo: Does the architect decide what shape the house is?

Teresa and Cristina: Why are some of the walls made of glass?

Mateo and Pablo: How did you get your ideas for the design of the house?

Yeshu and Abi: How did you get the house to have so much space?

Loris and Marcus: Why did you make the house big and the garden little?

Libby and MeiLi: Why did you put a window on the roof?

Rhea: How do you plan the bedrooms and other rooms?

Noa: Where do you put the mud you took out of the ground?

Hannah: Why does it look old on the outside and modern on the inside?

Killian: Who gave you the idea to be an architect?

Maryam: What do you do in your free time?
Kew House

Friday, 13 May 2016

Mud and Stick Houses

Some people in Year 4 love digging up mud and making things! So we thought we'd follow up on this and create some buildings - from mud and sticks. As Year 2 are doing a unit of inquiry into shelters, we teamed up with them and got creating!

Here's a slideshow of our endeavors:

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Two Pibrac Churches

This morning we visited the two churches in Pibrac and looked really closely at the buildings. We drew sketches of both, and noticed all kinds of details.
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We were lucky we could go inside the churches and look around. But there wasn't enough time to see the chateau, so we're thinking about another trip back to Pibrac... Thank you to the parent helpers that came too, and made the trip possible.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Church of Savior on Saved Blood

This church was built to remember when Alexandr II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881.This Church was designed by Alfred Parland. 
Here is a picture of the church:

The most amazing buildings that I saw

These are the most amazing buildings that iv ever saw. I also saw more but this three ones are the most amazing. I also went in the Arabians kings castle that was in Spain to Sevilla here was were Christofer Columbus was when he was going to America. Sevilla is nearly the same city as one of America because Christofer Columbus decided to have 2 cities the same.  
The 1st picture is a cathedral they had lots of churches because nearly all of them believe in god so that cathedral is called La Giralda. 
We went to the river Guadalquivir, the 5th biggest river in Spain, and the in Arabian it means big river and the bridge to cross it was incredible. 
If you look at the third picture it is the Plaza de España, there is were they did Star Wars 1 and the Game of Thrones. 
Again in Spain we went to Valle de Aran, to a village that is called Salardú, and it is the second picture, it is the church.

Monday, 2 May 2016

structures 2 zenith

Floor plan
Floor plan.
The Zenith interests me because it has a funny circular top and the windows were strange like triangles and squares. and we were the VIP and matteo

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The ancient clock tower

Task 1

This is me with my dad, I blinked!

Saint Emilion is protected by UNESCO (United Nations), that protects the entire village.

This is how we can see it in a better view.
It is very old.

Not the bell tower, not the bricks, down below it is called a mono stone.

Does anybody know what mono means?

It means 1 underneath it is made with one stone, because the people in the ninetieth century dug into the great stone. The bell tower was added to the church at about the thirteenth century.

Holiday tasks 1 and 2

Task 1

Couvent Des Jacobins - Toulouse

The Church of the Jacobins was built in the thirteenth century.

It consists of a church called "church of the Jacobins" a cloister, a chapel house,a refectory and a chapel the chapel Saint-Antanin.

Task 2

Tower Bridge 

I like the Tower Bridge because it looks like a castle, but actually it is a bridge. It is a well known symbol of London.

There are two towers and a little bridge at the top (which has a glass floor).

It is 130 years old.

The bridge is 800 feet (240 metres) in length with two towers each 213 feet (65 metres) high, built on piers. The central span of 200 feet (61 metres) between the towers is split into two equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 86 degrees to allow river traffic to pass. The bascules, weighing over 1,000 tons each, are counterbalanced to minimise the force required and allow raising in five minutes

  I went to Tower Bridge in December 2015 and saw it open to let a ship go through.



Two representative buildings of Salamanca

Salamanca is the city where I was born. You can walk into the old town that is plenty of medieval buildings.

Two of the most representatives are:

The 'Plaza Mayor': It is the biggest square of the city. It was started in 1729 by Alberto Churriguera and it was built in several phases up to 1755 that was finished.

 It is full of medallions with the kings of Spain and historical people all over its perimeter.

Here you have the front of the University of Salamanca. This University is the oldest in Spain and the third oldest in Europe. Its foundation is dated in 1218 by the king Alfonso X 'The Wiseman'.

During this holidays I was in Salamanca visiting my family.


This  holidays I read a story about...
One girl named Lucy,  that at the night she saw a monster in her bedroom. Her mother made a special statue of a  dragon and he named Gruffen. He was the guardian of Lucy. When Lucy was scared Gruffen help her. When Lucy went to school Gruffen was following her. And they lived a lot of adventures.
Here is the book:

Holiday Homework: Task 1 and 2

                                                                                Task 1:

These are three pictures of three structures I saw close enough to my house. The first one is a wind mill, the second one is a museum, and the third one is airbus buildings.

                                                                               Task 2:
For this task, I chose three works and projects by: Zaha Hadid, an architect that recently died.

Heydar Aliyev Centre di Baku
The Center houses a conference hall (auditorium), a gallery hall and a museum.
I found this shape interesting because the shape has the style of a wave.

Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre
 It will house five theatres – a music hall, concert hall, opera house, drama theatre and a flexible theatre.I like this picture, it looks like a fish and looks like there are waves on the windows.

Casa Atlantica
It is a residential building in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
I think it is impressive because it has the shape of bones.

All the three buildungs I chose are free and organic architectures.
They are not rigid and geometrical buildings. They are inspired by natural shapes.