Below are examples of Year 6 responses to their creative and fun, messy yet enjoyable workshops whilst working on the Eco-shed.
Finally we learnt how to make the cob. It was awesome. I began to jump in mud/cob. Soon my wellies became too heavy so I began to jump barefoot. Squelch-stomp-squelch-stomp. By this time I was nearly completely covered in mud. We also laughed when I got off the seat to find mud on my behind!
A few explanations later, we had cob oozing through our toes! Yes you heard me-most of us did it barefoot. It was squelching and squeezing through everyone’s toes. We jumped. We laughed. We got absolutely covered in cob. However once the straw had been sprinkled in like salt and pepper,it HURT to trample in. It became a monster clawing and grabbing our poor, little, innocent feet.
At first I added to the bench by grabbing the cob and molding it into the shape of a bench. It had to be in every nook and cranny so I started to smack it with a piece of wood (this also got the air out). Even though it felt like I had been in a steam room for one hundred days, as the sun shone brightly and the work was hard, I kept going.
Every moment was enjoyable. Making the cob was the first activity and my favourite-especially when we pretended to make face masks. Next we sculpted whatever we wanted using cob, but disappointingly we had to crush and destroy them all! After that we smothered more cob onto the cob chair to apply more shape to the seat.
What does a builder that doesn’t want to tell a joke say?
I don’t think you can ‘cobe’ with it! Hamas Ali
What do you call a helicopter powered by clay?
A helicobter! Benedek
Yesterday we did ‘Scrapshed’, which is a dirty yet exciting job because despite the fact that it was dirty it was fun. Bemused and perplexed, I didn’t consider the point in getting muddy although other people did and enjoyed it! Eventually I joined in and got my hand dirty by helping finish the shed.
As I discovered, after a few attempts, in order to create a nice, hard, rocky sculpture you need to start with soft, wet (but not too wet) clay. When I crafted my sculpture, I started with the body and worked my way up.It was easier this way although I had to concentrate very hard. Finally Jeff the giraffe was finished.