Inspired by the imaginations of children in Year3, we are excited to be setting up a brand new Make do and mend club as part of our Threads of Tooting project. Children will be investigating what happened to clothes during the war. How did people make do and mend? What tips or tricks did people find to dress up for special occasions still?
Over the course of the year they will work with a range of artists to repair old clothes for an exhibition. They will explore what we can learn from the time period and how we apply it to the climate emergency.
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS: – Smallwood Primary & Language Unit
COLLABORATORS: – Meet and Make Spaces
– The National Archives Education Team
– Wandsworth Heritage Service
– Home Café
– Tooting Market
COMMUNITY PROJECTS: – Bounce Youth Theatre (Tooting)
"Heritage is my family, my clothes, my traditions."
Artists worked with children in Year 2-6 for one academic year to explore what heritage meant to them. Children make recipes, poetry and stories about their personal and communal heritage. This was part of Sugar & Spice.
Interested in teaching resources?
Resources from the project include writing/devising from photos, poetry, collage art and how to throw your own heritage trashion show. For information about workshop plans, resources and how to join in please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech Bubbles is for children aged 5-7 who find it difficult to develop the speech, language and communication skills they need for life: for socialising, for learning, for well-being and good mental health.
Speech Bubbles is a weekly drama programme taking place in school time, designed to give young children an opportunity to have fun telling stories and acting them out. The programme has a particular emphasis on supporting children to gain confidence and develop their physical and verbal communication skills.
“Threads of Tooting will be a wonderful way for us to to continue to uncover the amazing stories on our doorstep.”
Fircroft Primary School
Children in Year 5 to become part of Bounce Theatre this year to design and curate a pop up museum.
The classes will work with our team to unravel the importance of asking questions. Why are questions important? How can questions help us unravel decades of untold stories to celebrate tailors and textiles over decades? How can questions help us understand how Tooting is connected to the world?
Children will develop lines of enquiry into local history. They will be given freedom to create their own unique, artistic response to the material. They will share it with the school and tour it across Tooting as part of the wider project.