We spent a brilliant day together with Ms. Groves in Malahide Park. We explored Malahide Castle and climbed the spiralling stairs to get a closer look at the building! We wandered in the dark forest, discovered some beautiful trees and gathered colourful Autumn leaves. And, of course, we had loads of fun running around the playground, rolling down hills and playing football!
We have been learning about some of the changes that happen during Autumn. We are especially interested in how the leaves change colour. We have been gathering fallen leaves and sorting them in our ‘Exploration Area’. We even made some of our own autumn leaves (they are hanging in our window at the moment!) – we used coffee filter paper and droppers with food colouring to do this – we think they almost look like real leaves!
We looked at and responded to Claude Monet’s painting Sailboats at Argenteuil and talked about the beautiful colours that the artist used in his autumnal painting. We loved the pinks, browns, reds and oranges. We explored these colours and mixing too. We were working on a big scale which can sometimes be tricky so we started off using chalk pastels – then we introduced paints in primary colours. We saw how they mixed as we added more and more colours and we watched the colours turn brown. It got a bit messy but it was interesting!
Then, we thought it would be a good idea to carry out an experiment to see which colours we can make by mixing other primary colours. We’ve been very busy!