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S2 pupils had a last ramble around Dalzell Estate today and we managed to get to the whispering cave. Pupils were amazed that it worked- if one person stands at one end and whispers the person on the other side of the cave can hear it quite clearly. We then went past the Covenanters Oak on the way back which was looking fantastic in fresh green leaves. Talking to the pupils about their IDL experience this year was very positive and they were quite happy- so good bye and bring on the new set of S2 IDLers next week!

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S2 pupils have been learning how to capture perspective and use watercolour paints to create an A3 size painting of their visit to Dalzell Estate a few weeks ago. So far the paintings are looking great with another week of painting to go before they finish! Watch this space to see the finished work…

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Comic creations

The groups are now almost ready to begin pulling all of their work together for their comic about A day in the life of Stirling Castle.

The comics could include

  • photographs from our Stirling Castle trip
  • portraits
  • a bilingual storyline
  • images of artefacts created throughout this session.

And here’s a quick guide to what pupils can do with Comic Life.Page_1


Latest Photoshop Portraits!

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Group 3 in the IDL rotation have now completed their photoshop portraits. This is a great way to see what you would have looked like if you were alive and wealthy in the time of Mary Queen of Scots! The pupils really enjoy this lesson and are always amazed at how they look in the final image. They also learn great transferable skills such as transforming an image, working with layers and using tools such as the eraser and the clone tool- fantastic!

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S2 pupils have been creating a replica of the Unicorn Tapestries they saw at Stirling Castle. Each pupil got the change to work on a large replica of the original design and then created their own painted fabric square based on some of the medieval images they chose for their shield design. The tapestry still needs about 20 squares added to it but so far it is looking grand and the pupils seem very pleased with the final result!

Creating historical artefacts

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All our IDL-ers are currently working in groups rotating through the three subjects involved: Social Subjects, Modern Languages and Art.

For Social Subjects, pupils were asked to investigate clothes, celebrations or food in the time of Mary, Queen of Scots, and create something appropriate.