The Proud Peacock

This year as a school, we have decided to enter Fourth Plinth Schools Award. It’s a competition open to London Schools and it is funded by the Mayor of London and supported by Arts Council England. This award gives children a chance to get involved with public art and offer new views of London.

Our Year 6 pupils spent an art lesson designing a sculpture to enter for the fourth plinth. The only guidance we gave them was that it had to involve all members of the school. We had a vote and the 2 headed peacock was selected as it shows how loud and proud we are of our achievements at Beam County Primary School. Our gifted Year 5 and 6 children have worked together to build the main body in wire. They then wove pieces of batiked fabric, cellophane, felt, textiles, foil and tissue paper through the cage wire. The entire Key Stage 2 then created a peacock feather to be added to the tail of the peacock. We looked at reduce, reuse and recycle ideas and finally decided to make each feather using a plastic drinks bottle. This also helped to show off the colours and to reflect light. We are yet to make the female – in white. Our Key Stage 1 and Nursery will be doing this in due course.

Click here for more information on this years competition.

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