Reclaimed by the ThamesArtists : Becci Kenning, Ian Pilditch and Zach Walker Further Curriculum links: Geography: With the inclusion of the Map on the CD, further time can be spent investigating the source of the Thames in Oxford and estuary / Thames Barrier that leads to the sea. All the images on the CD will have a reference so you can see where they were taken, some are very organic, some are highlighting where the river water and tide are effecting the materials the River comes in contact with, others are of industrial objects that have a connection to the Thames. History: There are several opportunities to use this project to investigate the historical relevance of the River Thames, this can include the importance of the River as a transport thoroughfare thorough fair and its links to culturally important buildings such as the Houses of Parliament, Hampton Court Palace, Greenwich etc . The site where the sculpture will be sited is full of historical reference, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the Cutty Sark are near by. When the children visit the site in September to view the sculpture additional visits to these sites could be scheduled to coincide. Museum of London: Archaeology within distance of the site of the sculpture. http://www.museumoflondonarchaeology.org.uk/News/ThreeQuaysUpdate.htm Design and Technology Due to the design and build of the sculpture, there are opportunities to see the methods of construction using reclaimed wood, within a boat building context. But equally interesting will be the challenges of creating the structure to have the illusion of being sunk into the ground. The calculations and design being central to its success. Bridges and their importance to the River. The different uses and designs, from Tower Bridge to the Millennium Bridge. Art. Needless to say the exploration of recreating the digital library of images and the creation of the collaged panel of the children's work, touch on several compositional and mark-making skills. To investigate this further the children could take photographs very close up around the school or at home, to explore the textures and patterns around them, and experience their environment as a source of inspiration to create art. Try and find close up textures and colours that can represent the rainbow or a colour wheel, and create a collage of the findings. Oral and Written Literacy Stories and Poems. We are asking every child to use the stimulus of the workshop resources to write or record, an original poem, memory or story about ‘The River’. The images included in the CD can be used as an inspirational source. Selected work will be recorded professionally in the final weeks of term, to create the ‘ghost voices’ of the ship wreck sculpture, which will be heard in and around the sculpture during the festival. All poems will be displayed in large books at the festival. Any recordings made in school can be sent as WAV files to the email address below, written files or scans of written work can also be sent here. It is important to us that we offer an opportunity for every child to respond culturally to the importance of the River to them. See links below for some ideas. http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/search.do?method=theme&searchTerm=rivers http://www.booktrust.org.uk/show/feature/preview/CBW-group-poem firstname.lastname@example.org all poetry entries that can be sent by email.