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Secret Garden Workshop
This short animated film is the result of an experimental project we run at Gallion's primary school. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel 'secret garden', we run a series of philosophical enquiries with two year 3 classes. We presented them with an ancient looking key as a stimulus and facilitated their attempt to tease out concepts and ideas from it which they then turned into narrative elements. Amazingly enough, both classes came up with similar themes and in particular the ideas of time travelling, the mythical and the magical. One class focused on character development and the other on the development of the habitat. They were asked to find visual ways to portray the main idea of their narratives, the transformation. The results were wild and beautiful!