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Thursday 23rd April 2020

LI - to sketch in the style of Aboriginal art


Aboriginal Art


Does anyone know what Aboriginal Art is?

Do you know who or where the Aboriginals live?


Aboriginal people live in Australia. They have been living in Australia for over 40,000 years. This makes them one of the oldest cultures in the world.


Aboriginal people who live in the Central Desert region get all their food from the land they live in. They eat seeds, fruit, vegetables, reptiles and insects.


Aboriginals move around a lot. People that move around and do not settle in one place are called nomads.


Australian Aboriginals spoke different languages, but had the same religious beliefs that focused on the natural environment around them.


Traditionally, they have a map of their landscape that is passed on to each new generation verbally through their Dreamtime stories.


Dreamtime stories tell of when the world was created and their art shows these stories through secret symbols.


Aboriginals do not have a written language like we do, so their art stands for a written language. They have layers of hidden meanings.


Their paintings are used for teaching and there are different ones for children or adults.


Aboriginal artists are not allowed to paint a story that does not belong to them.


Aboriginal art comes in three regional styles:

1- geometrical style found in central Australia; circles, arcs and dots

2-simple figurative style found in Queensland

3-complex figurative style found in Arnhem land and Kimberley which includes X-ray art.


Some Aboriginal paintings on rock surfaces are probably the earliest discovered in the world. Some are negative prints made by spraying pigment over ones hand to leave the shape of it. Some are animals or plants. Some of the paintings of fish show what it looks like on the outside but also what it looks like on the inside - now called x-ray art.


Painting was also done on baskets, shields and boomerangs. They even painted designs on themselves for special occasions.


Painting these designs was a way of life and very important in their communities and brought them all together.


Aboriginal painting using very basic materials. Basic line paintings are used to draw the outline of animals and natural objects native to rural Australia such as lizards, snakes, cranes, crocodiles and butterflies. Repeated stippled designs using finger tips, the end of the brush handle or cotton buds add depth and blocks of colour to the line painting to improve the image in a traditional manner.


Task – to draw a turtle in the style of aboriginal art

In the BBC video, you’ll notice the children drawing animals that are native to where they live. We will try the same next week, with animals you can find near your home. This week, we will use the following tutorial video to practise the aboriginal art style.

Watch the video and follow along with the step-by-step guide.


Once you have completed your turtle, please share it on the school Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday 21st April 2020

LI: To research about flip books


Your task is to research flip books and make a poster about what they are and why they are made. 


Some useful websites are:


Monday 20th April 2020

LI: To locate continents


1. Using a map (google continents) name each of the continents on the map below. 


2. Find out what continent Brazil is in. 


LI - to understand Buddhist worship 


Visit and read through the following webpage:


Now read the following:

Buddhists, Buddhism and The Buddha

Buddhists are people who follow the teachings of The Buddha. Most Buddhists live in South Asia (which includes India, Nepal and Tibet) and South-East Asia (which includes Japan and China, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia The Philippines, Borneo, Sumatra and Java).

The Buddha was a man who lived in India about 2500 years ago. His real name was Siddhattha Gotama but the people who follow his teachings call him The Buddha. It is not a name. It means the one who has gained enlightenment. For Buddhists, the word enlightenment means knowing and understanding how to overcome suffering.

Buddhists believe that The Buddha learned why there is suffering in the world and how to overcome it. They believe that if they follow his teaching they, too, will be able to overcome suffering.


Task - Read the story of The Buddha and draw pictures to illustrate his life.

The Story of the Buddha

Siddhattha Gotama was an Indian prince. He was born about 560 years before the time of Jesus in a place called Lumbini which is near the river Ganges in the very north of India, within sight of the Himalayas. When he was born a wise man prophesied that if he ever saw suffering he would become a religious leader instead of a king. His father decided that he must never see suffering so he decreed that Siddhattha must never go outside the royal palace and its grounds.

When he was 16 Siddhattha married a beautiful princess and they soon had a baby son. For a while he was happy with his wife and family and stayed inside the palace as his father had ordered.

Eventually Siddhattha became bored and wanted to know more of the world. One day, when he was 29 years old, he sneaked out of the palace while his father was not looking. While he was outside he saw 4 things that surprised and worried him. He thought about those things for a long time.


The 4 Things That Siddhattha Saw

  1. He saw an old man. He had never seen an old person before.
  2. He saw a sick man. He had never seen anyone unwell before.
  3. He saw a dead body and relatives weeping around it. He had never heard of anyone dying.
  4. He saw a holy man. He had never seen a holy man before. He spoke to the man who told him that he had left his home, his friends and his family and was wandering from place to place trying to find the meaning of life.


These things worried him. He asked himself why there was so much suffering in the world. He decided to become a holy man himself and to go off in search of an answer.

He took off his royal robes and put on simple clothes. He shaved his hair. He said goodbye to his wife and son and left the palace.

Siddhattha spent 6 years travelling around northern India. He spent some time with a group of monks who believed that if they ate and drank as little as possible and spent a lot of time thinking they would come to understand the meaning of life. Siddhattha found that this did not work for him. So he left the monks and travelled on.

He came to a holy fig tree and rested in its shade. For 46 days he stayed there thinking deeply and paying no attention to what was going on around him. This kind of deep thinking is called meditation. As he sat and meditated, he realised that he understood the answers to his questions. Buddhists say that he became enlightened. He became The Buddha.

He went back to Benares, the place where he had lived with the monks, and in the park there he told them about what he had discovered. They understood what he was saying and became his first disciples. The Buddha lived until he was 80 years old and during the rest of his life he travelled about teaching and preaching. After he died his disciples went on travelling and teaching the things he had told them. Today there are millions of people in the world who follow the teachings of the Buddha.