Thursday 25th February

25th February 2021 0 By Mr Simmons

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Congratulations to the winner of the Curlews Art Re-creation challenge. With 50% of the vote, well done to James for this superb recreation of American Gothic by the American painter, Grant Wood.

Mr Simmons’ Joke of the Day


In today’s session we start with 6 arithmetic based questions. There is no time limit as such, but work as quickly and as efficiently as you can.

We then continue looking at how to use function machines, formulae and substitution in a series of context-based questions.

There is no worksheet today – I ask you at various points in the video to pause and then work out the questions. Please share these workings on ClassDojo.


On Tuesday you came up with the elements for a toolkit for persuasive writing. Combining your ideas, here is the Curlews class toolkit:

Based on your invention idea from yesterday, I would like you to produce a written advert for your product. As well as a picture of your invention, you will need to pay particular attention to the wording and, using the toolkit above, try and make your advert as persuasive as you can – you need to try and encourage as many people as possible to buy your product.

I look forward to receiving your adverts on ClassDojo.


I would like you to read for at least 30 minutes each day. You can get more ideas and suggestions of reading material from the Reading@Home section above.


Our work on Art Illusions continues today with an exploration of trompe l’oeil. First, have a look at these slides:

There is a fantastic example of this effect in this advert:

Task 1

Can you research any more examples of Trompe l’oeil? Maybe you could take screenshots and put these together as a slide show or poster?

Task 2

Try your hand at this effect yourself. This is really quite a tricky skill and will take quite a bit of rehearsal. The sheet below gives a couple of examples which you can copy. If you have a soft pencil, this would be ideal as it can be blended to create smooth shading.

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