During Black History month my Year 3 class learned about the experiences of Windrush passengers. We imagined the journey, leaving the sunny shores of the Caribbean to arrive in a much colder, greyer Britain. We looked at how colour can evoke a mood and the children produced textile fish to represent these two very different parts of the world.
As part of our topic on the Windrush my Year 3 children also created these Caribbean birds to decorate our book corner.
We painted paper plates in one base colour to begin with, using inks (darker colours are best avoided as the base colour as patterns won’t show up). Having shown the children images of tropical birds, the children then tried to recreate some of the vibrant colours and patterns that they saw using inks and my box of mark making tools.
Inks are more expensive to buy than poster paints but you can’t beat them for intensity of colour and interesting splodgy results!
Once the ink was dry, I gave children a range of old greeting cards and postcards. They cut out shapes for beak and tail and I stuck these between the folded plate, using a glue gun, along with googly eyes!
Year 2 children made these Caribbean and British fish by painting two paper bowls with patterns after carefully observing close up pictures of fish.
They also painted and cut an additional bowl for fins and tails. The separate pieces were stapled together and googly eyes were added.