This school was a special school catering for pupils with mental and physical disabilities. I was asked if I could give these children a “real” experience of working with stone.
I decided that we would make a village consisting of simple buildings the children had made. We could then invent stories about who lived there and what went on.
Before we started we took some of the children to a beach in Wales where we could find some stone and see how it had fallen from the cliffs. It was a fun geography and geology day and we collected some material for our project.
The children were very co-operative and shared their skills. One or two of the older boys loved sawing the stone and made all the basic shapes, others carved windows and doors and others textured and “distressed” the buildings so they looked quite worn and old.