As part of their curriculum topic on Brunel, Year 2 children of Summerhill Infants School, Bristol researched the background to the design and building of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Using photographs and drawings of the bridge, pairs of children were given a 12cm by 12cm tile template from which to trace their section of the design, and colour appropriately with pencil crayons. Children then made paper templates of the main shapes within the design by double tracing and cutting out, to be used in the making stage.
Using ready fired glazed tiles as a guide, children selected appropriate colours to glaze their tile, learning that the ‘raw’ glaze they were painting on would turn out very differently in terms of colour and surface once it had gone through the glost firing stage. The children learnt to brush on the first coat of glaze carefully and smoothly to the different areas of their tile, waiting for the first coat to lose its ‘sheen’ before giving another final second coating.
Isaac and Lily from the school are pictured presenting the tiles on a plaque to Mike Rowland, Visitor Services Manager