Cast in Clay – The Iron Man

Isobel Roberts and Ben Sinnott-Roberts reflect on their school’s experience of The Iron Man

Todmorden C of E SchoolDuring the summer term, Todmorden C of E School has been learning about Ted Hughes and The Iron Man. We have been celebrating the links with local artists and authors.

We have read the book together and have created and finished different activities.

Reception class made a giant iron man model out of metal kitchen materials whilst Year Three put together a unique play with music.  They also made some models.  Year Four have recently reviewed the book and turned it into a play script.   Also they drew some detailed pictures.  Year Five continued a chapter of what they predicted would happen next in the story.

With local artist, Sarah Mc Dade, each class made a different creation and designed their own iron man sculpture.  When working with Year 5 Sarah helped to create a clay sculpture of The Iron Man’s head.  With Year 4, Sarah made tiles showing the scenes from The Iron Man.  When put together they created the whole story.  Some of these clay models will be on display in September for all to see in Todmorden Library.  We thought the experience was amazing, and loved working with an artist.  It was a very different experience to our teachers.

We really enjoyed the project and loved the book.  Other books by Ted Hughes are now in the school library for all the children to come and borrow.  We hope to do something like this again.

Written by: Isobel Roberts and Ben Sinnott-Roberts, Year 4 & 5

Todmorden C of E School


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