P5 and P6 get together

Today we got into groups and had an hour to create the costume of Henry VIII or Elizabeth I using newspaper and tape. The results were spectacular. The Henrys looked magnificent and the Elizabeths were very regal. It was interesting thinking about the shapes  that the costumes made and how to recreate these in paper. Many of the costumes were built on spills to give volume and drape.

We went on to try another technology challenge using sticks and marshmallows. Each item cost 5p and we had £1 to spend in each group, though groups could trade with each other... we will modify the task and return to it tomorrow.

All of these resources, the bamboo sticks and newspapers in particular, come at a cost to us and the environment. Not only are the raw materials grown, processed, manufactured and shipped to us but we also have to dispose of them again when we are finished using them... To remind us of how we need to think of the impact our actions have on the environment, and ultimately ourselves, we are watching the movie The Lorax.


  1. Impressive costumes and a great way to recycle last weeks Orcadian. Good to see the P5 and P6 working together. Do you all get to eat the marshmallows at the end?

  2. Looks like you're all having a great time together making the towers and the costumes are very impressive. Wonder what the other half of the class are up to in Hoy? Let's hope the weather gets better for them and stays fine for you! Hope you all enjoy your trip to Hoy and I look forward to hearing all about it when you get back. Have fun P6! Caroline(Erin R's mum)

  3. What fab costumes! Looks like you've had fun this week while the other half have been in hoy!
    Holly (cierras mum)

  4. You look like you were having so much fun. Wish I could do it with you.
    From Kirsty and Ellen

  5. Wow looks great. Great imagination using newspapers for costumes.