Art Fortnight: "Re-Born"

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Year 3 – Summer 2 – Week 1

English Topic:
Non-fiction Reports

Maths Topic:
Measurement (kg/g)

Non-core Topic:
Art Fortnight – Reborn


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To classify different reports and identify features of different reports

You are a reporter! But first you need to identify what language and structural features you need to write a report.

In the resources file, you will find a bunch of reports that you can look at.

Your first task is to identify the different types of reports there are. What are the similarities and differences between them?

Your second task is to identify the structural features. Here is a list of structural features you may find:

  • Headline – in bold to grab attention, summarises article
  • Subheadings- to allow reader to skim or scan for information
  • Introduction – Often in larger font or bold text, 5W’s to give all basic information to reader. Often short as it has to give main detail, quickly.
  • Photograph(s)- shows reader what has happened, adds impact
  • Columns- short so that audience can read quickly

Can you find any more?

Your third task is to find the language features. Here is a list of some language features:

  • Formal language
  • Past tense- it has already happened
  • Third person
  • Time/cause and effect conjunctions
  • Speech- direct and indirect speech marks (inverted commas)- can children identify what is the difference?

Technical vocabulary


Old Newspaper Complicated


Newspaper Report Another Example



​Part 1

Welcome to Art Fortnight which is called the “Re-born” project (See ‘Art Fortnight 2020- Synopsis’ – for a brief outline of what the topic will cover). First you need to conduct research into plastic pollution. What is plastic pollution doing to our planet? Look at the file called ‘Plastic pollution Information’ to support your research.

Main Task – Create a mind map of what plastic pollution is, where it comes from and what impact it has on our planet.

Part 2

Next look at the work of Richard and Judith Lang (see ‘Artists to study’ resource) They produce contemporary art – what do you think that is? Look it up if you want to find out exactly what it means. How are they highlighting the problems with plastic pollution through their art? 

Extension Task – Make a poster or mindmap about Richard and Judith Lang’s work. You could include some drawings of their work, or print out some pictures of their work and stick them on.  Keep this to refer back to on Friday.


What would you use to measure the weight of these items?


We use grams and kilograms

What items around the house can you find that are measured in g and kg?

1000g= 1kg

Task: Explain what unit of measurement you would use (g or kg) to measure the following items:



To retrieve and infer information from a newspaper report

What does retrieve mean? Retrieve means to pick out information from a text in order to answer questions about it.

What does infer mean? Inference is when the reader works things out using clues in the text.

In the resource section there will be a report and some comprehension questions. Using your retrieval and inference skills, answer the questions about the report.

Tuesday English Task


Look at the work the work of Richard and Judith Lang/ Alejandro Durán / Pam Longobardi (see ‘Artists to study’)

They all use contemporary art to highlight the problems with plastic pollution.

Consider the following questions – What materials have they used? What are the similarities and differences between their work? Which artwork makes the biggest impact on you? Which do you feel highlights the problems with plastic pollution the best? 

Main Task – Complete the comparison table called ‘Comparison Tuesday’ to record your thoughts and observations.

Extension Task – Make notes, mind maps or posters about Alejandro Durán and Pam Longobardi. Keep these to refer back to on Friday. 

Comparison Table Tuesday


To measure mass

 What does mass mean?

It means the same as weight.

When we measure the mass of an object we are measuring how heavy or light it is.

What units of measurement do we use?


We use a scale to measure the mass.

Study the following scale:

What do you notice about this scale?

It has increments!

How do we find out the increments?

Task: Find the mass of the following objects.


 Start at 0.

  1. Identify the increments.
  2. Start counting.
  3. Stop where the needle is.
  4. Find the answer.

If you have weighing scales, create a list of items in your house and measure them. Try to be as accurate as you can.



To know the difference between direct and reported speech

Work through the PowerPoint on direct and reported speech (PowerPoint in resource section).

What is the difference between direct and reported speech?

Can you think of how you can use direct or reported speech.



Look at the work of Dianna Cohen (see ‘Artists to study’) She gives new life to plastic bags by turning them into a work of art. By doing this, she is preventing them from becoming part of the plastic pollution problem.

Mini Task: Make notes or a mind map with information and your thoughts about Dianna Cohen. Keep this to refer back to on Friday.

Main Task: Use some plastic bags from your own house and display them in interesting ways – hang them up, tie them together, cut them open, join them together, create flowers, create flowing movements etc. Find as many ways as you can to display the plastic bags in different ways, turning something unattractive into something beautiful. Think carefully what colours you use and where you place them.  (You may wish to create planning sketches of your visions before you start creating.)

Extension Task: Take photos or make observational drawings of your creations. 


To measure, order and estimate mass

  1. Order these objects lightest to heaviest:



  1. Estimate/guess the weight of the following objects in g. Use the following numbers to support you- 82g, 6g, 107g

Remember: Estimating means roughly calculating or judging a number.


  1. Now order the 3 items from lightest to heaviest.


Challenge: Can you estimate the total weight of the items?

Remember to estimate you need to round the numbers first to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.

Follow this link to remind you how to round numbers:

If you have scales at home, you can find the actual weight of these items.



To compare and contrast two ways of presenting news

There are many different ways in which news can be presented? Can you think of any?


BBC news

News paper reports


Task – Try and find some different examples of how news can be presented/reported. What are the similarities/differences? Are there any differences in the language/ structural features used? Which style do you prefer most? Explain why.


Look at the work of Rodney “Rodrigo” McCoubrey and Michelle Reader (see ‘Artists to study’) They both make sculptures using waste materials and junk Just like Dianna Cohen.

They are preventing these waste materials from going into landfill. This is where items that can’t be recycled often end up.

Consider the following questions – Can you describe the pieces of art they have made? What three words best describe their art?

These artists are making beautiful objects out of what is usually considered to be ‘useless’.

Mini Task: Make notes or a mind map with information and your thoughts about “Rodrigo” McCoubrey and Michelle Reader. Keep this to refer back to on Friday.

Main Task: Collect up some waste or useless items from your own home and turn them into something beautiful. 

Make sure you have your parent’s permission and check it is definitely ‘waste’.

You could choose an animal, a plant, a face or a shape – anything you like.  The only rule is that you must only use ‘waste materials’.

Extension Task: Take a photo of your piece and share it with a friend.


To compare mass

When we compare mass, we use the words heavier or lighter.

We can also use the words:

more than >

less than <

equal =

Use the key words to compare the scales:

Remember: 1kg= 1000g

You can remember this by remembering that kilo=thousand

Look at ‘Weight Appendix 1’ for more support on this.

What if we compare:

1300g           1450g

1560g           1800g

2kg                1900g

500g               5kg

1100g             1kg 100g

250g                2kg

1500g            5kg



To present your own news report in the role of a presenter

Today you are a presenter! You need to report your findings on pollution and how this has an effect on plant life (linking to your topic this term).

Think about the way you will be speaking, include any key statistics you think are interesting and include any eye-witness testimonies (who do you think will be most likely to give any key information regarding pollution and plant life?)


Look at the work of Jane Perkins (see ‘Artists to study’).

She re-creates famous artworks or celebrity portraits using found objects.  How does Jane Perkins differ from Dianna Cohen? 

Mini Task 1: Compare Jane Perkins with Dianna Cohen (You could write down sentences or present your comparisons verbally to a family member).

Tip: Think about the choice of imagery.

Use these sentence starters to help you…

Perkin’s art uses…………………. but Cohen’s work is different because….

Perkin’s work looks like……… but Cohen’s is…………….

What do all of the artists you have looked at this week have in common?  How is their choice of materials helping the planet combat plastic pollution?

Mini Task 2: Create a poster, explaining the similarities and differences between all of the artists you have looked at this week. How do they relate to fighting pollution? You could include pictures of your own work too!  

Main Task: Choose a famous person or a famous artwork and try to re-create it in the style of Jane Perkins. Where possible try to use junk, waste, recycling, or craft items.

Can you link this to an environmentalist like David Attenborough, or a famous landscape work of art?


To add and subtract mass

E.g- Number 1) lemon- lollypop

lemon = 100g

Lollypop= 80g

100g-80g= 20g


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