Aboriginal dot painting began 40 years ago in Papunya, which is in the Northern Territory of Australia. Geoffrey Bardon was assigned as an art teacher for the children of the Aboriginal people in Papunya, near Alice Springs. He noticed whilst the Aboriginal men were telling stories they would draw symbols in the sand. Bardon encouraged his students to paint a mural based on traditional dreamings on the school walls. The murals sparked incredible interest in the community. So, Bardon encouraged them to paint the stories onto canvas and board.
However, the Aboriginal artists soon became concerned that the sacred-secret objects they painted were being seen not only by Westerners, but Aboriginal people from different regions that were not privy to their tribal stories.
They did not want them to understand or learn the sacred, restricted parts of their stories so the artists decided to eliminate the sacred elements and abstracted the designs into dots to conceal their sacred meanings.
Chloe has been inspired by the Papunya paintings and has created some of her own.
this letter finds you and your family safe and well in these challenging times.
son/daughter is invited to attend the Bohunt School Virtual Taster Day on Thursday 25th June.
subject department has created an online workshop as an introduction to the
education experience at Bohunt School, which your son/daughter will be able to
access via the transition web page below. The page will also include links
where you can access more information about Bohunt. The ‘Virtual Taster Day’ webpage
will remain live for the rest of the academic year so your son/daughter can
access the content at their convenience.
find the link to the Virtual Taster Day web page, which will be live from Thursday 25th June.
There once were
two friends called Scarlett and Joe who went to a theme park together on a
summer day. Joe was small with a white hoodie and navy blue jeans while
Scarlett was tall with a colourful short sleeved top and shorts with long
blonde hair. Their mums brought them to this theme park every summer so they
could play while they sat and chatted for a while.
They were having so much fun they went on roller-coaster, a merry go round and ate a lot of freshly made candy floss. But when they were walking around eating their sixth bit of candy floss they noticed something weird. Since they go to this theme park a lot they know every game or ride. They were walking around when they realised that the Hop and Pop Game had disappeared and swapped for a game called The Black Hole, they were interested so they decided to play it. When they went for a closer look they saw that the man who was working there had a black hoodie hiding his face but every now and then you could see his face but when you do see it all you could see were two bulging red eyes and nothing else. Scarlet and Joe said hello, but he didn’t answer instead he put out his scaly hand out for the money, Scarlet and Joe slowly passed him the pennies, their hands shaking like jelly. He quickly snatched it but he didn’t even start the game he just passed them a disheveled brown bear called Sebastian and turned around like they weren’t there in the first place. So they left, putting the bear in the bag.
The next game they went to was called the Lucky Spin where you spin a wheel and see what prize you get so the children went to it. The wheel was about the size of a bus, since it was so big there was a button you press to spin it. They pressed it together and they won a fluffy toy Australian Shepard called Sam which Scarlet stuffed in the bag filled with sweet wrappers and the weird bear.
flash of lightning appeared and the bag started wriggling the children peered
inside nervously and they found a tiny bear and a tiny Australian Sheppard
which as soon as they open the bag they grew to full size Scarlet and Joe ran
off but instead of barking and angrily chasing after them the dog ran to them
screaming and saying help!
caught up with the children, they all stood there panting for breath. As they turned,
they saw that bear’s eyes were gleaming like fire. With one swift movement that
bear pounced at them. They jumped to one side and the bear landed in a huge
puddle of mud. They carried on running and Sam, the Australian Sheppard dog
started explaining what had happened.
He explained how the lightening came from a special cloud that made anything it touched come to life. The bear had been made by a mad scientist, unlike the dog which had been made in a normal toy factory. Only the magical blue candy floss could turn the bear back to a toy. They started running between every food stand asking if they had blue candy floss. None of them did and the bear was nearly catching up with them!
and slid towards a huge oak tree. As he came to a stop he felt a sticky thing
underneath him. As he stood up he saw it was some glistening blue candy floss.
Scarlett and Sam ran towards Joe. Sam hid behind a nearby bush, whilst Scarlet
and Joe climbed the big oak tree, taking the candy floss with them. They
started to make a whistling sound. Sebastian the bear, stopped and listened,
then ran in that direction. As soon as Sebastian was close, Joe dropped the
blue sticky candy floss on him. The bear was covered in the sticky goo and
slowly began to shrink back to normal teddy bear size. They cautiously climbed
down the tree and placed it in a bin. They went to find Sam in the bush, to
their surprise he had not shrunk and was still a real dog. Sam said that it
only worked on evil toys and that he would now be a real dog forever.
Scarlet and Joe went off to find their Mums, their new friend happily trotting alongside them. They hoped that their next visit to the theme park would be less strange and that the new game would be shut down, back to their old favourite Hop and Pop!
Dion has written a description of an imaginary kingdom that he and his friends journeyed through on their quest to rescue Princess Lauren from the villain Powider who is trying to marry her. They travelled there in an airship, powered by star coins. They had to defeat several enemies with the help of Hatty the Hat! I’m looking forward to hearing about their adventures in other kingdoms.
inhabitants and the facts about the kingdom
Coral Kingdom is the smallest kingdom on the Shimmering Sea. The second
smallest is the Fossil Dig Kingdom but even that is a monster compared to the Crackling
has three islands with dazzling beaches, crystal clear seas and stunning
wildlife. The inhabitants of the Crackling Coral Kingdom are snails and sea
stars which move and talk. The Fountain
of Sparkling Water is the most important thing in the Cracking Coral Kingdom.
It is very famous across the Shimmering Sea because it has the sweetest water in
all the kingdoms. The people in Rainbow World know about this treasure. But
Powider knows about it too so he stole it for his wedding with Lauren. Then the
big eel Red Devil came and started drinking the rest! That’s a problem for the inhabitants of the
Kingdom as they will have no water and will eventually die as they can’t drink sea
in the kingdom is amazing. There are sharks, rays, cod, sea bass, clown fish,
pelicans, sea gulls, moray eels and more. If you want to go wildlife hunting
this kingdom is for you.
Unfortunately, Powider has corrupted the coves and reefs with many monsters and we had to capture Octtons, Longtails, Serrated tooth sharks, Gulps and Sea snakes with the help of Hatty the Hat.
The boss of Crackling Coral Kingdom is an evil eel called Red Devil. Only a face a mother could love!
The first island that we landed on was called Cove Beach. We captured the first enemy – the Octton. We found three star coins on this island to help power our ship. Then we moved on to the second island. It was called Coral Reef Creeps and is where the Fountain of Sparkling Water is. The inhabitants are angry because the huge eel called Red Devil is drinking their sparkling water. We found ten star coins for our ship on this island. To defeat Red Devil, we had to capture an Octton and make him squirt ink at Red Devil. After we defeated him, we discovered a new island called Enemy Cove. There were tons of monsters lurking in this cove because it is the biggest out of the 3 islands. There are dark sea caves full of Octtons and serrated tooth sharks to capture. Then there are reefs with Longtails and Gulps. We found some more star coins, enough to fly to the next Kingdom.
Here are some of the stories Pine Class have been writing.
The Mysterious Tooth by Aaron
day there lived two boys, Jack and Bill. Now, these two were always getting
themselves into trouble and once they had even nearly been arrested! So, our
story begins on a hot summer’s day at the zoo. Jack and Bill were at the Komodo
Dragon exhibit and they were feeling rather naughty so while the keeper was
feeding them, they opened the exhibit’s gate and just let all 20 of them out.
When the keeper saw this, he fainted before he could raise the alarm because he
was terrified of them! Selfishly, Jack and Bill thought this was hilarious and
just moved on. The next exhibit was for dinosaurs (ready for if they discovered
any) and in it there was a real dinosaur tooth that had been around for 65
million years. Being the naughtiest boys in town, they picked it up and then by
accident they dropped it on the floor!!!
“Oh no!” cried Billy, “we are going to be in serious
trouble now, but whatever they do to us we will get out of it, I’m sure of
that!” Just then, the floor began to wobble under their feet, then things
started to fall off the shelves and then they heard a loud rumbling, hissing,
screeching sound coming from the tooth. Suddenly, the tooth flew up in the air
and came back together again. Then it happened…
In front of their eyes, a T-rex emerged from the
tooth. It roared menacingly and then charged forward at them. Before they could
even think about running away, the T-rex stomped, which shook the ground so
hard, that the two trouble makers were thrown to the ground and then gobbled up
by the beast. After its first snack, the beast wanted more (even though the two
boys were very fat) so it roamed out of the dinosaur section and ate up the
security guard standing outside. As you may have guessed, it was still hungry
so it charged around the zoo devouring everyone in sight, but it was still
hungry so it headed for the city…
about 10 minutes of continuous running, the T-rex started to see the faint
outline of the city emerging. Seeing this just made him feel hungrier, so he ran
faster. What the T-rex hadn’t realized was when he got there the army were
waiting to catch him and put him back in a zoo, so he would not be able to kill
any more people. T-rex eventually spotted the army, but he was not scared, he
just kept on running. Luckily, what he had not seen was the cage because it was
camouflaged with the delicious smell of meat and flesh wafting from within. He
ran right in and the door slammed shut after him. T-rex was sent back to the
zoo and put in a high security cage so that he would never break out again.
lived in the zoo for 12 years, but one day when the keepers went to feed him he
was gone! There was no sign of a break out but all that was left was that same
The Camp by Eben
A Key to the Gods by Penelope
Penelope and Cecily
were on holiday in Greece together with their
families. They were at an archaeological site about a temple of the Gods. It
was sizzling hot. The wind blew hot, dusty air into their faces. The sound of
cicadas in the nearby olive trees was deafening. They thought it was a bit
boring because the mums were just talking, so they walked over to their sisters
but they were just looking at their phones. So they wandered about the site to
see what could interest them. The dry, dusty soil kept getting into their
shoes, so eventually they stopped to get all of the dust out.
Suddenly, Cecily pulled
Penelope’s arm and shouted,
“It’s a column Cecily” replied Penelope.
“No, that box!” Cecily shouted again.
“Wait, what?” Penelope gasped. “Get it out, get it out!”
The box was half-buried
near a massive marble column. It had beautiful intricate patterns on the lid.
The two girls were intrigued so they opened the dusty box. There were strange
little statues made from painted clay but as they rummaged around a key also
appeared. It wasn’t a normal key, it
had lines on it that made it look important. They took the key and closed the
box. They knew it had something to do with the temple. They looked closely at
all of the columns but they had no luck. Then….
look, look!” Penelope cried.
“The key hole!” called Cecily.
There was a key hole on
one of the columns!
“Do you want to
turn it or shall I?” asked Penelope.
So they turned the key together, and at first nothing seemed to happen, but
then a faint noise of laughter came to the girls, so they followed it.
Suddenly, they saw a
whole scene of fighting and madness. The people were wearing ancient Greek
robes, with sandals made of leather.
“The Gods?” asked Cecily.
“Yeah, I think so.” said Penelope, scared and confused.
Athena and Ares were
fighting and Zeus was angry so kept on throwing thunder bolts at everyone but
of course Hera, Zeus’ wife was trying
to calm him down. Then Poseidon was letting horses go. They were
uncontrollable! Suddenly they all ran off creating a dust storm.
“What are we going
to do?!” Cecily shrieked.
“Reverse, turn the
key again.” Penelope
“OK.” Cecily replied. So she turned the key again
with shaking hands. Then it all went silent. The dust settled. No Gods were to
be seen. Even the horses were gone. Cecily and Penelope looked at each other
over the top of the box and couldn’t quite believe what had happened.
“We need to hide
this box so no one else can find it” said Cecily.
“And throw the key
into that river over there” added Penelope.
After they hid the box and key, they went back
to their parents. Penelope’s mum asked her where they’d been.
around in the olive groves over there,” said Penelope innocently. Suddenly a shout from the
sisters could be heard.
“Look what we
found,” said Cecily’s sister Gracie.
“It’s a key!” cried Celeste, Penelope’s sister. “We found it by that stream over there.”
Penelope and Cecily looked at each other in
reptiles as pets has dramatically increased in the last decade. Many people don’t understand why scaly
reptiles are so popular. Reptiles can
make fantastic pets if kept correctly. They
are smell free if kept clean and are unlikely to have any sort of allergy to
them like you can to fluffy pets such as cats and dogs. They can be friendly and make good buddies. They don’t need much attention or exercise, so
may be more suited to the modern-day busy lifestyle. There are about 8,000,000 reptiles kept as
pets in the UK. Here are examples of 2
of the most popular reptiles that are kept as pets in this country.
The Bearded Dragon
originally came from central Australia, where they live happily in the sub-tropical
woodland, deserts, shrublands and shore areas. They are now found almost anywhere in
Australia and their colours and markings are usually typical of the area they
come from, helping them to blend into their natural environment and hide from
Dragon is a medium sized lizard which grows to around 24 inches in length. They have a calm temperament and are an easy
lizard to look after.
grown Bearded Dragon will require a tank which is a minimum size of 75 gallons. It is important to make sure that it is big
enough for them or they can feel cramped and have some health issues. Also, if the tank is too small, then they may
not grow as big as they could if they lived in a larger tank.
correctly, a captive Bearded Dragon can live for up to 12-14 years. Their tanks should have a basking light as
well as a full lighting system fitted in to the roof. As Bearded Dragon’s come from a hot and humid
environment, they need to be able to bask in the warmth for most of the day. The basking light should be placed about -6-8
inches out of the dragons reach, this is possible by making a rock pile for
them to climb on. The lighting in the
roof gives off UVA and UVB rays as well as providing light in the tank. The UVA and UVB rays mimic natural sunlight
which the Bearded Dragon needs in order to stay healthy by getting the sunlight
nutrients that they would be getting in the wild.
Dragon’s tank should be heated to a temperature of 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit in
the area around the heat lamp and around 80 degrees in other areas of the
tank. Overnight the temperature can drop
to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
kind of bedding for the Bearded Dragon is shredded newspaper, paper towels or
special reptile carpet. These can be
easily replaced when cleaning out the tank.
It is also important to use bedding which the lizard won’t eat when
hunting for live insects.
Dragons are omnivores, which means that they can eat both meat and plants. They should be fed a varied diet to make sure
they get the right balance of vitamins and nutrients. Young dragons who are still growing need more
protein than an adult so should be fed more of the live insects such as
crickets or roaches. In order to keep a
Bearded Dragon healthy, you also must keep the live insects fed and healthy.
Snakes are becoming more
popular as pets. Snakes are delicate and
need special care to stay healthy. The
Corn snake is a calm, non-venomous snake which is relatively easy to care for,
so is a good snake for beginners. The
Corn snake is a species of rat snake, they come from South East USA and they
are mainly active at dusk until dawn when the temperature cools down. They usually liver on the ground, but also
like to climb and are extremely good at escaping. (Like my pony Toffee), They grow throughout their life and a healthy
adult can grow up to around 6 foot long, they can live for around 20 years if
cared for properly. Corn Snakes are
carnivorous, meaning they only eat meat, and are fed on defrosted pinkie mice
or rats. A baby snake should be fed
every 5-7 days and an adult every 7-10 days.
like other non-venomous species are constrictors, meaning that they would kill
their prey by squeezing it in their coils until it suffocates.
A Corn snake
needs a vivarium suited to their current size.
As they grow continuously throughout their life, they will need several vivarium’s. If they are put in a tank which is too big,
then they will become very stressed and could suffer from health problems or feeding
problems. The enclosure needs to be
very secure to stop the snake from escaping.
like all snakes are cold blooded, they need an area of their tank to be heated
ideally by a heat pad covering ½ to 1/3 of the floor, or they could have an adjustable
heat lamp with a safety cover. The best
temperature for the tank should be 24-27 degrees Celsius in the coolest area
and 30 degrees Celsius in the heated area allowing the snake to control it’s
A snake will
usually poop 1-2 days after they have been fed, it is important that they are cleaned
out as soon as possible after they poop to minimise the risk of infection, and
the entire cage and all of the contents, the rocks, hiding place and branches, being fully cleaned and disinfected with a
special reptile safe disinfectant every 2-3 weeks. The snake should be bedded on aspen or hemp
as these are non-toxic to the snake and unscented. Snakes needs a water bowl which is big
enough for them to bathe in as well as drink.
Before they shed their skin, they are likely to spend a lot of time in
the water to get their skin ready.
A Corn snake
should be handled often so they get used to it and handling can help people
notice if they have any health problems.
They shouldn’t be handled for at least 48 hours after they have been fed
as they can regurgitate their meal.
A Corn snake
should have branches and rocks in their enclosure, so they can climb and use
branches to help rub their skin off on when they are shedding. They also need somewhere to hide and sleep. They do not need a light source in their
vivarium if they have enough natural light throughout the day, although they
should not be put in direct sunlight.
reptiles have special needs in order to cope with UK weather .
A snake has
more needs and is more fragile in terms of care and diet.
A snake can suffer
from more health issues than a dragon.
more likely to bite even though both reptiles are calm in nature.
A dragon is likely
bond to the owner much more quickly.
like to feed the insects and then feed them to the dragon, she would get attached to the insects.
Less tanks are
needed for a Bearded Dragon in a life time, as they don’t continually grow all
of their life and they are less likely to get stressed by living in an area
which is too big for them. Both a snake and a Drago need heat and or
light sources in their enclosures. Both will
shed their skin as they grow, although the snake will shed more often and
throughout his whole life. Both
reptiles need to be handled with clean hands and hands should be cleaned
afterwards as they can carry bacteria such as salmonella. The Bearded Dragon is a little more robust
than the corn snake and is likely to have less health problems.
corn snake and the Bearded Dragon are easy to buy and are popular pets in the
UK, although Mum is not going to ever
let me keep a snake as she is terrified of them, but I am working on getting a
bearded dragon and I will feed him without my Mum seeing the live insects go in
there as I think she would like a Bearded Dragon once she got used to it.