I was back at Britannia Village Primary School last Monday for Day 2 of our paper (cardboard) engineering project. As Year 6 set off for France with their giant pop-up constructions, Year 5s (3 classes) stepped up to the plate to start work on a pop-up reinterpretation of Alice in Wonderland set in London.
I was impressed by the way they took inspiration from Boxpark in Shoreditch, the surrounding streets and graffiti they photographed. I gave them guidance with the construction of the main framework and worked with a small team to get it in place and glued, while the rest of the children got to work on the other smaller components. They were given broad instructions for the painting of the structures but apart than that they were completely free to bring their own ideas to the final surface decoration.
Also very gratifying to see how all the teachers had used what they learnt in the initial inset session to help their pupils create small-scale pop-up pieces before my arrival.
Back-to-back schools last week for the week of World Book Day. A lot of advance planning is always required for these but the enthusiasm of the kids and their eagerness to dive in and get creative always make it all worthwhile. This year’s schools were St. Pauls in Friern Barnet, All Saints in Fulham, Coppermill Primary in Walthamstow and St. Pauls and All Hallows in Tottenham. Here’s the montage:
I’m very pleased to be exhibiting my work at Islington Museum throughout the month of May as part of Word2014 Festival.
In conjunction with the exhibition, I’m hugely excited to be running twelve days of workshops with local primary schools including St. Lukes, Clerkenwell Parochial, Samual Rhodes, Vittoria, Tufnell Park, St Joseph’s, Duncombe, St John Evangelist and St John Highbury Vale. This will be followed on 22 May by a celebratory event with the work of the children’s also exhibited in the gallery (all welcome).
Two FREE family workshops are taking place on Saturday 3 May and Saturday 17 May. Full details here – http://www.islington.gov.uk/islington/history-heritage/heritage_whatson/wo_events/Pages/default.aspx?extra=9
The exhibition is up and running and continues until the end of the month – http://www.islington.gov.uk/islington/history-
Some of the work produced by the children at St John the Evangelist School near Angel today. I love the simple but effective graphic style of the green one in the middle. The enthusiasm of the kids in this school was absolutely brilliant.
Hope everyone had a wonderful World Book Day. Fossdene Primary, St Andrews Primary and St Edwards School all made my week. Here’s the montage!
St Andrews Primary School, Totteridge
Fossdene Primary School, Charlton
St Edwards School, Reading