Show of talent

7th January 2005 at 00:00
As part of a scheme that involves schools in the Lord Mayor's Show in London, we were contacted by the Unicorn Theatre to make a float for the parade. After meeting with them we visited Kew Gardens to look at the plants, flowers and trees. We talked a lot about the shapes of plants and the children drew pictures and took photos.

On our return we discussed designing costumes that would look like the cactuses, flowers and other plants chosen by the children. There was a lot of discussion about kinds of appropriate materials, the weight of the costumes and the fact that it might rain or be cold on the day of the parade.

The children then drew their designs and made them with the help of Unicorn Theatre designers. The materials were donated by the theatre.

The project was cross-curricular, covering design and technology, art, history (of the Lord Mayor's Show) and language: they had to describe their costumes and explain why they had chosen to do a particular design and use a specific material.

Before the Lord Mayor's Show we held a parade of the costumes in school.

The day itself, in November last year, was exciting and challenging as we were in the procession for three hours.

Afroza Ali Year 5 teacher, Harry Gosling Primary School, Tower Hamlets, London

* Lord Mayor's show Email: show@lordmayorsshow.org

www.lordmayorsshow.org

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now