We always love visiting South Wellfield First School. Without fail, the TICE team always enter a classroom full of enthusiastic, creative young people and this time was no exception. Musician, Sam Burt and textiles designer, Charlotte Liddle teamed up to bring a unique spin on their learnings in Horticulture. We know what you’re thinking – what do music and textiles have to do with plants? Well, you’d be surprised.
Once the students were familiarised with the tune, it was their turn to put a creative spin on it. In small teams, they were given the task to replace some of the words in the song with their own, to illustrate in song form how food chains work. They not only used their scientific knowledge, but they were unwarily improving their songwriting skills too by creating some catchy tunes. Check out one of the team performances here:
Then it was time to get the paint brushes out…or should we say tree branches! Yes, Charly turned up with a selection of little tree sticks that were going to be used as the paint brushes. Instead of paint, Charly brought along some homemade ink made from beetroot and turmeric. Even though they were supposed to use the colours separately, the students suggested to Charly that the colours should mix too in a separate pot so they had three colours. Now that shows some imagination!
From that point, it was then just the case of making them even better. They were next challenged to use their drawings as inspiration for a print design, where they’d reproduce it by scratching it into a piece of polystyrene block using a sharp pencil. They then rolled acrylic paint over the block using a roller and placed it face down onto a piece of natural cotton fabric, whilst learning some fun facts about cotton in the process.