Grafton Primary School
Years 2, 5 and 6 pupils at Grafton
Primary School in North London collaborated with their
resident artist and writer to make this large ship sailing
down the Thames.
Children in Year 2 (six to seven years old) learnt about
the Thames today and made drawings of the landmarks
they observed during a class trip. Back at school, they
used collage materials to transform their designs into
a large-scale work. Year 5 pupils (nine to 10 years
old) wrote poetry in response to the Temeraire’s
plight, while children in Year 6 (10 to 11 years old)
were inspired by the ghostly quality of the Temeraire
in the painting. They used withies and tissue paper
to construct their own boat, complete with a figurehead
and seagulls overhead.
During Black History Month, the children researched
the story of another boat, SS Windrush. They wrote and
performed their own musical about the stowaways on the
ship when it sailed from Jamaica to England in 1948.
Their ghost ship and Thames backdrop provided the scenery
for the production.