To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, Leeds Art Gallery are displaying a selection of the Renaissance master's greatest drawings. We couldn’t let an opportunity to see some of his work first hand pass us by so this week we visited the gallery to look at this exhibition and other pieces of art. We were amazed by the detail and how fine some of his work was. We were particularly interested in the story of how his work, a life size clay sculpture of a horse, was destroyed in front of him and how that must have made him feel. We were also interested to see that he wrote right to left to help him keep his notes secret. This is called mirror writing.
In citizenship we compared the First Past the Post and Proportional Representation electoral systems. We looked at some of the advantages and disadvantages of each system. We looked at different countries around the world and the differences in how they are governed. By the end of the week we could make comparisons between the UK system of democratic parliamentary government and some other systems in other parts of the world.
We have continued to work hard on our core subjects. In maths was are using trigonometry to calculate missing angles or sides in right angled triangles. In English Literature we are looking at The History Boys and in science we are finishing our physics unit on electricity and circuits.