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Children and Chalk Walls

In the early 1950s, the artist Joan Eardley could be seen transporting her easels and paints around the Glasgow tenements in a pram. She painted and photographed the ragged children of Glasgow’s inner city slum housing. The artwork she produced is also ragged and childlike. Bold colours and brash strokes. She incorporates collage with newspaper scraps added […]

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Gertcha!

(Listen to this first: youtu.be/fOiuDAPHxCE) My teacher in p3 and p4 was called Mrs Dickson. She was very old and had been enticed back after retirement because they couldn’t fill the teaching slot in the village school. It was a composite class with 3 year groups in one and I remember lugging in to the stage […]

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Spellbound

In Mark Cousin’s characteristically idiosyncratic documentary about children in cinema, he says that the best films with children are ‘not when the children on screen are spellbound by the film but when the film is spellbound by them’. It’s a fantastic documentary, culled from rare and popular children’s films that all share a unique ability […]

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Build It Scotland: part 1

My P6 class has been cracking on with developing their 3D software skills for BBC Scotland’s Build It Scotland project. The aim is to use 3D CAD software like Tinkercad, SketchUp and Minecraft to build 3D versions of their favourite Scottish landmarks which will then be place on a virtual map of the whole of […]

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Rube Goldberg Machine

What’s a Rube Goldberg Machine? Well, until today, I didn’t know either. Think of the crazy inventions in Wallace and Gromit or the device that opens the gate door for Chunk in The Goonies, after he does the truffle shuffle! Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist who drew cartoons that depicted the completion of simple […]