Green Day Mosaic – winner 3rd prize

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Green Day Mosaic – winner 3rd prize

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School: Chorlton C E Primary School
Location: Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester
Artist: Tracey Cartledge
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“Tracey came into our classroom to help us to design the mosaic. We started by brainstorming ideas. We wanted the 3 panels to represent the three stages in our school: foundation, key stage 1 and key stage 2 and link it all to Green Day.” (Sade, Y6)

“We thought of ideas from nature that could symbolise how we grow and flourish as we move through school.”
(Danny Y6)

“Once we had a good list of ideas, we started to create images of them, using tissue paper, lolly sticks, buttons and feathers sandwiched between two pieces of clear sticky back plastic” (Ryan Y6)

Whilst the rest of Year 6 continued with individual designs, eight children were selected by the class teacher to work on the overall composition for the mosaic with Tracey. They split into two teams of four and each team came up with their own proposal.

“Danyal, Akemi, Molly and I were in the other design team. Our idea was to use a big tree to link across all three panels. This is like our school structure that branches across every stage and it helps to connect the three parts into one big picture. We also showed night time and day time skies and different seasons.” (Ella Y6)

“Tilly, Grace, Sam and I worked together as one of the two design teams for the mosaic. In our design we showed the sun gradually rising higher in the sky, the farmer’s corn ripening and we used a river to link the three panels. We also showed three stages in the life of a butterfly” (Finn Y6)

The two design teams returned to the classroom to make a presentation to the rest of the class. Both proposals proved to be very popular and the class found it impossible to choose one or the other. Instead, Tracey suggested that she could take both of them away and try to combine them into one design.


Each year group joined Tracey in the school hall for a half hour slot as part of the exciting Green Day activities. Tracey, assisted by three parent volunteers, gave each class a brief introduction to mosaics, with a slide show of interesting examples. Then the children had a look at the design created by Year 6 and heard about the themes and ideas involved. Finally, they all had a chance to make a design of their own using an improvised printing technique.

MAKING (Y1 – Y6)

Groups from each class came down to the basement workspace to work on the mosaic facilitated by Tracey and the team of parent volunteers, by now very skilled. Decisions about colour blends and practically all of the work was completed by the talented pupils of Chorlton C E Primary School.

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