Images of Native America

Water Class YR 3 and 4 who have made a totem pole as part of their American project Alderman Payne School,.
Water Class YR 3 and 4 who have made a totem pole as part of their American project Alderman Payne School,.

Visitors to the Alderman Payne School at Parson Drove may be surprised to be greeted with the sight of a totem pole - complete with the images of faces.

This feature, which is the centrepiece to an outside canopy, is the work of around 20 children from Years 3 and 4 as part of a project looking at Native Americans.

Water Class YR 3 and 4 who have made a totem pole as part of their American project Alderman Payne School,.

Water Class YR 3 and 4 who have made a totem pole as part of their American project Alderman Payne School,.

Teacher Jo Mills explained it was decided to create a totem pole with children designing the faces and getting involved in lots of interesting research.

Originally, the idea was to have an indoor totem pole then Jo decided to use an existing metal pole outside on a canopy.

She said the project could not have been achieved without the help of school caretaker Colin Killingworth, who boxed and squared off the metal pole with wood and also cut out the children’s wooden face designs. Mr Killingworth also made the special feature at the top of the totem pole.

Continued work for the project includes possibly making dream catchers and instruments.

And the verdict on the finished totem pole - “Absolutely fantastic,” said Jo.