The Iron Man Project at Walsden St. Peter’s School

Mia Franklin and Millie Ringland-Elswood tell us how their school participated in this project…

Here at Walsden St. Peter’s Primary School we have been lucky to have been participating in a project about The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

As part of the project, we were given a huge amount of The Iron Man books to read. In the first week, we read them aloud as a class and talked about the story. We read all of the book and finished last week. I really enjoyed the story and talking about the characters.  It was very exciting to read.

On Tuesday mornings we had a visitor, artist Sarah McDade, who came into our class and helped us to create art sculptures out of thick raku clay. This was an amazing opportunity. First we sketched a portrait of what we thought The Iron Man’s head would look like after discussing the adjectives used in the book. Then we each made a sculpture of The Iron Man’s head and added details like bolts and nails. The next week we worked as a group to make a scene from The Iron Man out of clay.  I made the scene where Hogarth tells his dad.

In the third week of this fun project we made pencil sketches, paintings and collages of The Iron Man and proudly showed them in our assembly.

After having a chance to read the whole book, we decided to write our very own play script of the story. We wrote dialogue for the characters and added stage directions. As our homework, we wrote character descriptions so that the actors would know what to wear and how to move and speak. We performed the different scenes in front of the class and made a video.

In Design Technology we built an Iron Man torch. We used cardboard for his head, and yogurt pots for the eyes. We added a circuit with a working switch that we made ourselves. We used different coloured cellophane for his eyes. I enjoyed this very much. I will paint my Iron Man head this week.

Finally, because we had all worked so hard on The Iron Man project, we went to the Hippodrome in Todmorden and watched the amazing film, The Iron Giant.  It was different to the book, but still good.  I thought it was a sad film, but it was the best film I have ever watched!

by Mia Franklin and Millie Ringland-Elswood, Walsden St. Peter’s School

Walsden School


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