Clay Animals – final photos

Having painted and glazed our clay animals, we took them with us to our Forest School to photograph them in the wild!

Kelsey’s snake

Meerkat friends by Amy and Ophelia

Mythical griffins by Alice and Sarah

Marwa’s monkey

Laila’s Koala

Aleksandra’s owl

Matvejs’ crocodile


Lochlan’s crocodile

Clay Animals Part 1

In school, we have been exploring how texture can be shown on clay sculptures.  We began by looking at close up photos of feathers, fur, skin or scales of different creatures and making notes about what made the textures.

The next step was to try out different tools and techniques on a flat piece of clay to recreate these textures.

We rolled the clay into a rough sphere and then pressed down until we had a flat tile about a centimeter thick.

We used a combination of tools designed for working with clay, our fingers and improvised tools too.

We found that we needed to cut, press, smooth and indent to create all the effects that we wanted to recreate.

Our next step is going to be to let them dry and try out different paint effects.

Nature Letter Art

We have used some natural materials to collage our initials during Forest School time this week.

Thank you so much to you, the children and other staff at  Christ Church Primary Academy for participating in the BBC Symphony Orchestra Connecting the Dots workshops with our players yesterday and today.  Special thanks to Russell and Amanda for sorting out the technology.  We’ve had a wonderful time and really enjoyed meeting you and the various classes.  We especially loved the creative thoughts that came from the children and Alex and I will definitely remember the Kangaroo in a Lamborghini and the Frog on a BMX.  Can you remind us which animal it was on the submarine; my sound cut out briefly so I didn’t catch that one!

So that we can continue to improve these workshops in the future, we would very much appreciate it if you could find time to complete our short survey:

As promised, a few more links that you might find interesting.  Lucica, who led the workshop with Martha’s class has made a video of her performing with some of her young students which you might be interested in:

As Peter and Shirley explained, due to the constraints of Zoom it’s not possible for them to play together over that medium, but here is a short piece that they have put together with our regular guest pianist, Liz Burley, whilst they have been in isolation:

You can also find music that the BBC Symphony Orchestra has been putting together in lockdown and meet a few more of our players here:

Finally, as Alex mentioned, the Proms will be a little different this year, but you will be able to watch us in the First Night of the Proms which will be broadcast on BBC4 on 17 July: