Search

Highgate’s own Chinese terracotta army marches into primary school

10:30 30 July 2014

Highgate Primary School pupils have created their own version of the ancient Chinese terracotta army. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Highgate Primary School pupils have created their own version of the ancient Chinese terracotta army. Picture: Nigel Sutton

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

Standing proud with weapons, armour and stony glares, these clay soldiers may only be a fraction of the size of the real Chinese terracotta army but children at a Highgate primary school have handcrafted them to look just as fiercely intimidating.

Pupils spent hours creating their own individual terracotta clay warriors as part of their Mandarin and Chinese cultural studies at Highgate Primary School, in Storey Road.

Some children have created tall 
impassive figures who look ready to go into battle, while others have given their soldiers bushy facial hair and 
angry frowns.

Each warrior is unique in deference to the one of the biggest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the 2,000-year-old Chinese terracotta army of 8,000 clay soldiers, which all have 
individual facial features.

The school’s miniature terracotta army went on display at an open evening for prospective parents two weeks ago.

Headteacher William Dean said: “They are all personal to the child. I think the children had a clear idea of the type of warriors they wanted to make. They were very absorbed in the making and very quiet – it was a really lovely atmosphere to see the children working in a fantastic way. They were very proud of them.

‘‘It was a nice way to finish off the first year of teaching Chinese cultural studies and Mandarin to have a final product at the end.”

Children were asked to make their own clay warriors after they studied the history behind the original terracotta army, which was first discovered in Xi’an, China, in 1974.

The life-sized collection of soldiers, horses and chariots was buried with the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, between 210 and 209 BC, more than 2,000 years ago.

The pupils, aged between seven and 10, made moulds out of silver foil and then covered them with terracotta clay to make their army.

They carved faces, armour and weapons onto the clay and then painted them in blues and golds.

The end-of-term project was produced in the school’s new art studio, which replaced the disused IT suite 
after Mr Dean brought in laptops and tablets for children to use in classrooms. Mandarin teacher Rhoda Pennington said: “Our experience of 
introducing Mandarin to the Highgate Primary curriculum has been overwhelmingly positive.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:44
Community campaigners, including Tom Conti, protested outside the site of the proposed new Tesco in Belsize. Picture: Polly Hancock

A campaign backed by a number of high-profile actors to prevent Tesco from opening a new store in Belsize Park has ended in victory after the supermarket chain announced it had abandoned its plans.

Yesterday, 17:15
Blogger Laila Swann has been chosen from 750 hopefuls for the unique job

A young Hampstead woman has beaten more than 750 hopefuls to a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” that will see her sent around the world to date men from different cultures and pick up the world’s best dating tips.

Yesterday, 16:25
Thomas Radice, a trustee of the Proms at St Jude’s Music & Literary Festival

The Proms at St Jude’s Music & Literary Festival will offer attendees more than just music and literature.

Yesterday, 12:25
Eric Joyce in police custody.

Disgraced former MP Eric Joyce has avoided jail having been convicted of attacking two teenagers in an “unjustified and unprovoked” assault in a Camden shop.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder