St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School

Y6 inspired by Ron King’s Brazilian Bandits

At the end of May, Y6 enhanced their studies of Brazilian culture by visiting the Ron King exhibition at Skippings Gallery in Great Yarmouth.

They had been exploring some different aspects of Brazilian culture as they wanted to know more about the country that will be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games.  A particular focus went on learning about the Brazilian interest in two Bandit characters that have become legendary – Maria Bonita and Lampiao.

To help them further enhance their learning, the class took part in a visit to see Ron King’s stunning sculptures of these infamous Bandits and their troupe of Cangaceiros.  It was hugely inspiring.

In unison with learning about the bandit legends, the class have also been exploring the Brazilian tradition of Cordel making.  A Cordel is a small booklet that is handmade.  It is made up of some short text in the main booklet coupled with a printed front cover designed to create impact and draw attention.  The cover is usually printed using techniques similar to lino-cut printing.  Following on from their gallery visit, the class participated in a workshop back in their classroom led by Susan Brinkhurst.  She helped them turn all of their ideas about images that they had developed in previous weeks, and turn them into stunning prints that have now formed the covers of their very own Cordels.

And to complete it all, Y6 will have immense pride in seeing their finished Cordels on display, as part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, in Great Yarmouth Minster.  Do go along and have a look – they are stunning!  All of this fantastic project has been facilitated through the Flipside Festival 2016 which is working in partnership with Enjoy Great Yarmouth, a local cultural educational partnership.


Head of School:
Mrs A. Goddard

Executive Headteacher:
Mrs H. Armstrong

Mr C. Lambert

01493 445 117



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