During the Winter term Giulia worked once a week with the two year 3 classes of William Tyndale Primary School; they worked on a project related to the local area, which was part of the curriculum.
This is how she describes their work:
The project started out with a walk on Upper Street, where the school is located; we tried to identify buildings, street names and generally observe what’s in the street. Back in the classroom we listed everything we’d seen in the sketchbooks and made drawings of these things, which included different kinds of buildings, road signs, vehicles, bins, telephone boxes and so on.
Then we did a variety of skills based workshops all centred around sculpture. We made the houses and buildings of Upper Street with papier mache using recycled cartons and plastic bottles as a support structure. We designed and produced imaginary buildings out of chicken wire and modrock. We created various elements of street furniture and miniature people with modelling material and with lollypop sticks, straws and various other materials. Then we also looked at monuments and created our own monuments with clay.
Each project included group discussions and designs on the sketchbook. There was a constant reference to what had been observed during the walk, but children also had to come up with new ideas. During the first half term we also had a parent, who is an architect, giving a talk about her job; the children absolutely loved it!
At the end of the project all the work produced became a collective display in the form of a 3D model of Upper Street; each class made their own. A selection of all the work had been taken to the Islington Museum and is now there on temporary display for two weeks.