Castle Hill Primary reflect on their experiences of studying The Iron Man:
This half-term, the children in 5/6H at Castle Hill Primary School have enjoyed studying works by the local author, Ted Hughes.
The text we focused on during our project was The Iron Man. One of the ways we have made the text come alive is by producing and displaying artwork inspired by the book. Currently on display in our junior hall are some beautiful paintings inspired by the famous first chapter of the book.
We have been lucky enough to work with a ceramicist (Sarah McDade) and a storyteller (Ursula Holden-Gill). The children have produced beautiful clay images of The Iron Man which we can’t wait to see again once they have been fired in the kiln. With Ursula, the children explored the characters of the book in detail and are now in the process of planning their own ‘prequel’ to the book entitled How The Iron Man Came to Be.
At Castle Hill, we enjoy inviting parents into school to share our work by viewing our class assemblies. For our assembly this half-term, we created a giant cut-out model showing what we thought The Iron Man may have looked like. The children co-wrote a set of instructions entitled How to build The Iron Man based on clues hidden within the narrative in chapter one of the book. We imagined that after his fall from the cliff, we had been given the task of reassembling him, piece by piece. During the assembly, we then constructed our Iron Man in front of a captivated audience.