Listen, learn, love and laugh as part of God's family
Look at the different works of Gaudi http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&l=en&id_site=320&gallery=1&&maxrows=39 and the short clip http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zgrkq6f about his life. With an adult, look at the art work and describe what you see. Explore patterns, curved lines, shapes, bright colours, animals and nature.
Discuss that these words define a type of art called Art Nouveau which inspired Gaudi. The Art Nouveau style is applied not only to painting and sculpture but also to architecture, furniture, jewellery, fabrics. It can consist of curvy lines with smooth surfaces. The objects look as if they have grown from nature. Often, artists used natural objects for inspiration such as trees, flowers, and animals. Do you like this type of art? Share opinions. Antoni Gaudi was an architect and artist who was inspired by this style of art. He used mosaic (a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small pieces of stone, tile, glass). He also introduced new techniques, such as trencadís which used broken plates and cups to create his designs. Gaudi used shapes to make shapes!
Throughout lockdown, Chester Zoo has been closed to visitors. During this time, the zoo has been posting ‘virtual’ zoo tours online.
With an adult, watch some of these here:
- Red pandas have breakfast at Chester Zoo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p53Glw5Nzro&list=PLezrh9gR8RL3kkND8Pz2zOHHZPRk-a2VC
- Watch stunning Sumatran tiger Kasarna eat her lunch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEHtecRQ57Q&list=PLezrh9gR8RL3kkND8Pz2zOHHZPRk-a2VC&index=6
- Beautiful butterflies … and a surprise at the end! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbtKhpSlXLE&list=PLezrh9gR8RL3kkND8Pz2zOHHZPRka2VC&index=4
Zoo Boy by Sophie Thompson is about a boy whose father is a zookeeper.
In this story, the boy discovers he can talk to animals and understand what they say back! The opening chapter can be viewed here: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/12249/Zoo-Boy-by-Sophie-Thompson.html
The opening to the sequel Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves can be found here: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/13687/Zoo-Boy-and-the-JewelThieves-by-Sophie-Thompson.html (You will need to become a member of LoveReading4Kids to view both these extracts. Membership is free).
Marvel and find out how the Pasha of Egypt sent a young giraffe as a gift to the King of France.
Based on a true story, Zeraffa Giraffa is by Dianne Hofmeyr. The opening pages can be found here: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/11833/Zeraffa-Giraffa-by-Dianne-Hofmeyr.html (You will need to become a member of LoveReading4Kids to view this extract. Membership is free).