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Mud is good to turn into turtle
5:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
STUDENTS in Evesham turned mud into eco-friendly modern art as part of a project to improve an outdoor play space.
Year 6 pupils at Simon de Montfort Middle School spent a day building, shaping and finishing a 12ft-long turtle using natural materials as part of a special studies programme focusing upon creativity, team work and the environment.
With the help of expert potter John Williams, of Eastnor Pottery, schoolchildren took more than one tonne of subsoil donated by developer Taylor Wimpey and transformed it into the shape of a turtle, before covering its body with grass seed and finishing its shell with terracotta tiles.
Art teacher Lynne Browne said: “We recently cleared an area around a brook that runs through our school grounds to make it a more appealing place for our pupils to spend time.
“The space became really popular and the children wanted to enhance it with a piece of art.
“So as part of an enrichment day, during which all the pupils’ lessons focus on one subject, we gave them the opportunity to create a piece of art to go beside the brook.
“The pupils started out by making miniature models of a range of animals. Then they decided that a turtle worked best and set about creating the piece of art from the soil donated by Taylor Wimpey. Everyone worked really hard and we’re over the moon with the end result.
“We would like to thank everyone at Taylor Wimpey for the generous contribution towards our project.”
Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help the children at Simon de Montfort Middle School with their art project and we are really pleased that they had such fun making the giant turtle.”
Simon de Montfort pupils were honoured in the school’s annual award evening before breaking up for the summer holidays.
Headteacher Caroline Browne handed out awards to pupils from all year groups recognising progress and achievement.
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