Ecology Action Research

Children from Heathbrook School search for pond life with Antony Hall.
Sally Hampson, Ecology Action Research, Children search for pond life.
Insect sculptures made by children at Oakley Special School with Sally Hampson.
Sally Hampson, Ecology Action Research, Insect Sculptures.
Insect sculptures made by children at Oakley Special School with Sally Hampson.
Sally Hampson, Ecology Action Research, Insect Sculptures.
Insect sculptures made by children at Oakley Special School with Sally Hampson.
Sally Hampson, Ecology Action Research, Insect Sculptures.

A schools project investigating the secret life of ponds

Antony Hall worked with Heathbrook School in South London. The school has a beautiful and flourishing wild life garden that contains a pond. Antony explored the garden and pond with the pupils to develop an informed sense of wonder and respect for the animal life they find there. They pond dipped, used pooters and inspection lids. From these activities, they furnished an aquarium and installed an underwater web cam in it thereby making the secret life of the pond creatures visible on computer for the whole school to enjoy.

Using drawing and videos of insects, the children looked at modes of movement and transformation to create basic screen based animation. Worm palaces and ant houses were built and, after investigation into the best shape, colour and materials to use to attract the insects, were developed into collaborative sculpture pieces. The children worked in small groups to create a story based on their favourite animal. They recorded these stories which were played from miniature speakers placed in the wildlife garden, creating a sculptural sound installation.

Sally Hampson worked with Oakley Special School in Tunbridge Wells. Sally worked with narrative and with the school’s garden. Pupils created the artefacts of an imaginative nature expedition in the wildlife garden, using drawing, painting and sculpture. By using close observation to recreate organisms, imagination and natural science were linked.