bangers & MASH

08May11

This week saw the culmination of a Brightspace project I’ve been developing with staff and pupils (yr 4) at Cotteridge Junior School. The brief was to engage children in a Creative Storywriting project with the focus on ‘Imaginary Worlds’. Another proviso was that the project should involve the use of digital technology. Using the local (and very excellent) Cotteridge Park for stimulus, the 2-month project resulted in the creation and presentation of a 32-page comic-book epic, comprising 8 different stories inspired by the fictional idea that the three unexplained craters in the park (exploratory gravel pits dating from the construction of the adjacent railway) might actually have been the result of meteorite impacts. Odd findings, shameless speculation and a general deviation from the rational resulted in some fantastical stories from the vibrant minds of the year 4’s, involving intergalactic battles, cavemen, martian pods suspended from trees, invading aliens and appearances by mythological park inhabitants The Growler and The Terrorbird. With the help of some ComicLife software, the process is now translated into a glitzy, poster-sized outcome which will soon grace walls of the school. Here are a few of the images put together (out of original sequence); 

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