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Burning Icarus’s wings

As part of our Ancient Greeks topic, Year 6 have been studying the myth of Icarus and Daedalus. Having written a diary entry from the perspective of Daedalus last week, the pupils wrote an instructional text for constructing Icarus’s famed wings. This week, they got the opportunity to build the wings as part of a collaborative art project.

Taking over both school halls, mixed groups of children made the wings with paper, bamboo, charcoal and chalk. Once constructed, these wonderful creations were set alight in the school playground, mimicking Icarus’s own fate: flying too close to the sun and plummeting to his fateful end.

If you would like to read the full story of Icarus and Daedalus with your children, click here.

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