Pupils worked in small groups looking at ancient Mexican artefacts.

Pupils worked in small groups looking at ancient Mexican artefacts. They worked on individual cards, drawing parts of the artefacts and annotating the sketches with questions or comments about them.

The groups then worked together with artist Jacqui Jones to create word banks of adjectives which were prompted by their responses to the object in front of them. They extended these lists using thesauri to make the words as interesting and varied as possible.

The pupils then chose one word from their list and wrote it on a postcard, then they went out into the school surroundings and thought carefully of an appropriate place to put their card, somewhere related to the meaning of the word they had chosen. These were photographed “in situ”.

Poetic phrases were created by combining several of the adjectives together. These were then developed in the following weeks by creating music from them.

Pupils each chose one word from their poetic phrase to develop as a 3D form, using a variety of materials, they tried to make the word an integral part of their design.

Under Jacqui Jones’ guidance, the pupils have subsequently worked with Sainsbury Centre volunteer Marilyn Jackson to create the two-layered translucent word screen.