the blitz on london WW2

This blog entry is for the challenge of how to engage children to make a diorama of London during the blitz of WW2 using basic materials within a short timeframe and of course be accessible to a varying level of developed skills from the kids, the class selected have a low threshold of attention so it’s a challenge…

Starting with some research into key imagery, I selected 4 well known scenes available on the web as starting points for 4 dioramas which could then be blended together to make a larger scene…

The idea being the teacher could split the class into groups, show how group effort adds to more than the sum of it’s parts etc…

So the first part was to break down the images into 3 deliverable elements, in this case foreground, mid-ground and background… when the 4 groups are then placed together they form a 4th level of backdrop, counterpoint etc… However it does not really matter how the kids build the pieces together – as long as the selections are strong it will all work, like an interchangeable theatre set…

Here are how the 4 scenes started to breakdown as 3 element theatre sets… I made them out of modelling card initially as shown – because this is my weapon of choice – then realised this was never going to be realisable for kids as this group are not allowed to have knives so then switched scale up and made the shapes out of cardboard from old boxes…

Cardboard boxes are often more fun than the toys at xmas…

Work in progress…

With a bit of painting and luck – I wonder what the kids will do with this… 

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