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Our topic for the summer term is ‘Create’ – based upon the arts.  Our whole school theme is magical worlds and Year 5’s topic and magical world is The Secret Garden.  If we were in school, we would be reading a copy of this classic text by Frances Hodgson Burnett and basing all our art work around the magical secret garden the three main characters discover.  If you could get hold of a copy of the book, that would be great.  But don’t worry if not – here is a link to an audio recording of the book and an online copy of the full text.

The Secret Garden audio book

The Secret Garden online book

Again, if we were in school, we would be using arts and crafts to transform our classroom into a secret garden of our own.  Whilst at home, why not try and make something you could bring into school when we are open again?  There are lots of ideas if you follow the links below.

How to make paper flowers 

Leaf print pictures

Easy paper crafts for children

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Why not try some cooking and baking using seasonal fruit and vegetables?

Fruity Flapjacks 

Apple and Blackberry Crumble

Strawberry Jam

Vegetable Soup

As part of our topic work, we would be learning about the life and works of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe.  Here is some information about her and examples of her paintings.

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Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia Totto O’Keeffe was born on 15th November 1887 in Wisconsin, USA.

She was one of seven children, and her mother encouraged Georgia’s interest in art.

The landscape in Wisconsin was very important to Georgia, which became evident in her later work.

She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and had her first gallery show in 1916.


Georgia began experimenting with painting close up views of flowers. She used oil paints in vibrant, bold colours.

Painting the flowers at such a close range makes the viewer see the object in a completely different way.

The vibrancy of colour used, and the simplified images of leaves and petals, resulted in dramatic and in

novative paintings, exploring the idea of abstraction.


“If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one
   would see what I see because I would paint it small
   like the flower is small. So I said to myself - I'll paint what I see - what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big
     and they will be surprised into taking time to look
        at it – I will make even busy New Yorkers take    
          time to see what I see of flowers."





Cooking activities


Make your own homemade bread

15 Fun cooking activities to do with kids 


10 reasons why you should cook with your children! 

  1. Learning to cook helps children to learn about nutrition and healthy eating. 
  2. Boost their self esteem. 
  3. Create family time and bonding. 
  4. Kids will be more apt to eat what they make. 
  5. Cooking will help reinforce subjects like science, language, math and creativity while cooking! 
  6. Cooking is a great way to learn life skills. 
  7. Children can help contribute to the family and can feel the importance of helping.
  8. Children can learn to work together as a team, whether it is with a parent or with a sibling to get the job done.
  9. Cooking teaches kids about planning and making choices.
  10. While cooking kids can practice creativity and use their imagination. 
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The Victorians project tasks - look through and pick the ones you fancy having a go at!