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Year 4 case study: 'Bacchus and Ariadne'

Pupils' work from Archbishop Sumner School, Lambeth, taking inspiration from Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne'

Work from the project

Pupils wrote letters inspired by the story of Bacchus and Ariadne, as painted by Titian. View the letters and teacher's journal, and listen to a Year 4 pupil read her story:

Storytelling: Letter to Ariadne
A child reads her letter of consolation to her friend, Ariadne – 2 mins
A child reads her letter of consolation to her friend, Ariadne – 2 mins

Impact on children

Year 4 teachers Jenny Hopkins and Marcia Mason explain the impact of the project

"Children were so focused, that, at times, you could hear a pin drop in the classroom, you couldn’t stop them working, and staff and children lost track of time."

"They even rushed home to tell the stories to their families who would approach the school asking questions about the story behind the painting and the National Gallery. Since the project, children naturally look for a story behind a painting, approaching teachers with confidence to tell them, in no uncertain terms, what a character is doing and where they are going beyond the painting!"

Impact on staff

"Those involved found that the planning of this narrative unit developed naturally as ideas flowed and children led the direction of writing. It has inspired teachers to make connections with paintings in their own classroom and use 'story seeds' to instigate a starting point. Since the project, children regularly tell stories upon the large wooden story seat in our eco-garden and love to tell stories to each other using story maps."

"Being involved in this project has completely changed both adults' and children's approaches to story telling. It is no longer about the teacher delivering how to write but is about all adults and children writing together and enjoying the creative process. A truly inspirational and empowering approach to teaching.  and we will never look back."