Optical Illusions

After a busy morning of Maths and English, Year 6 group 2 became artists this afternoon and created some great optical illusions. Using simple lines, space and colours they learned how to create art that tricks the eyes. We were impressed with all the work, particularly Hongxin who amazed us with her use of colour and shading skills. Well done.



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Fingerprint Art

Good morning, everyone! For our Friday activity, I’ve picked one of my favourites – fingerprint animal art! I often use this idea when creating Christmas cards or birthday cards. They’re simple to create and look very effective when put together. Here are some ideas:

You may also like to combine lots of creatures together to create an animal scene, like this:

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Kitchen Roll Art

Good morning, everyone! Seeing the fantastic art you’ve all been doing recently with Miss Ashby’s art week made me think about how you all enjoy art. Art can sometimes need lots of resources so for today’s activity, I’ve found some ideas using something most of you might find in the kitchen – kitchen roll! Have a look at the photos below for inspiration for creating your own masterpieces using kitchen roll. As always, feel free to send any photos to website@cannonpark.coventry.sch.uk

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Cartoon Time

Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson, who are the creators of the Gruffalo, have produced a series of cartoons to encourage people to stay safe. For today’s challenge, try to create your own cartoon to help people stay safe.

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For today’s activity, I’ve been inspired by one of my favourite book characters – Elmer! Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is a children’s picture book series by the British author David McKee. Elmer is often used to celebrate diversity so in a time when we can’t be in school, why not create your very own Elmer to bring us together!

You will need:

  • a cleaned out plastic milk container – a 4 pint one is perfect – and an adult to cut the bottle to the right shape
  • coloured paper cut into small squares
  • PVA glue
  • patience

Don’t forget, email your Elmers to website@cannonpark.coventry.sch.uk

Here is another rainbow, which was sent in recently:

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Our Rainbows

On Monday, I challenged you to create your own Rainbows. Here are just two of the examples, which have been created and emailed to school. Well done, everyone – stay positive!

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Salt Dough

Another day, another activity! Making salt dough is a really fun and easy activity for children and the chances are you will have all of the ingredients in the cupboard ready to go. Children, if you’re reading, you’ll need to ask an adult’s permission! Children will love using their imaginations to create all sorts of exciting objects (although simple shapes do seem to work best) and hours of fun painting their creations, but do take care to remind little ones that the salt dough is not edible.


  • 250g of plain flour
  • 125g of salt
  • 125ml of water


1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.

3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into your chosen model. You can roll it out and cut out shapes, numbers or letters using biscuit cutters, or make any kind of model you can think of. We made some fruit and veg shapes plus cupcakes for a teddy bear’s picnic.

4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid.

5. Leave to cool and then paint.

Top tips

• Simple designs work best, as the dough isn’t sturdy until baked. If your child can’t decide between a tall giraffe or a flatter gecko, for example, steer them towards the gecko. Also bear in mind that the bigger/fatter the model, the longer it will take to harden in the oven.

• Try using silicone baking sheets to roll out the shapes without the need for extra flour. This saves on cleaning up your kitchen. Silicone sheets are also a quick way to bake without needing baking parchment.

• If you want to make salt dough ‘cupcakes’ like we did, pop your shaped dough into cupcake cases before you put it in the oven and bake the pretend cakes in cupcake trays.

The dough then sets firmly stuck to the paper cases, ready for painting with pretend icing, cherries or sprinkles.

Thank you to the BBC for this idea.


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Outdoors Art

Yesterday, the first day in our new routines, it was great to see so many of you starting your new independent learning in such a positive way! Across the Google Classrooms, it was great to see children working together to solve their maths problems, writing stories together and just generally being positive and encouraging each other! Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Enjoyment and Discipline are all very much alive and well!

It looks like it’s going to be a sunny day today – Spring is definitely here! For today’s activity, if you can, why not try some outdoor artwork in the garden today. One idea is to use chalk and masking tape to create some unique designs.

First, pick an area to tape up. If you have a paved area with flagstones, one flagstone is perfect. Next, put some masking tape across the area. Using different colours of chalk, colour in each section before removing the tape to reveal your masterpiece! If you are up for a challenge, try and tape up your initials!

If you can’t do this activity outside or you don’t have any chalk or tape, you can still join in! Instead, use plain paper or a page in your exercise book. First draw out some straight lines going from one side to the other, crossing across the page. Then use colouring pencils or felt tips to colour each section.

As always, send your photos in to website@cannonpark.coventry.sch.uk

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Good morning Cannon Park!

I hope you’re all safe and well. Today is the first day of a very different routine for many of you but I know you will all continue to demonstrate our school values wherever you are this morning.

Each day, I will posting an activity on the website – an activity that many of you will be able to join in with. I will also add useful websites to further your learning. If you join in with the activity, please feel free to send in a photo to our new website email address website@cannonpark.coventry.sch.uk  and I’ll add some to the website.

For the first activity, I thought we’d start with one about hope and positivity. With social distancing and lots of places including many school closing, children are connecting with each other by painting colourful rainbows and putting them in their windows for others to see. Today, why not create your own rainbow and stick it in your window. You might want to use felt tips or paint or even do a collage.

We may not all be in the building but we are still all one school.

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