The Peppered Moth Project - an exhibition and a book!

We were happy to welcome parents, carers, families and Governors to our exhibition during July.  Art Club members and Ambassadors enjoyed showing and discussing the work of the whole School.

The exhibition was the result of  workshops to develop art on the theme of “The Peppered Moth Project” -  a programme of ideas developed at Manchester School of Art with help from the Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, and the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, MMU.

Head teacher Mr Sutton explained, "I am very proud and pleased with the way children and staff have embraced this super and very worthy project.

I hope you enjoy looking at the wonderful work they have produced!"

The Peppered Moth offers us an example of the transformation our actions can create in the natural world. This story is one of adaptation and change, offering us a great way to talk and think about positive futures for people and nature in Manchester and the wider world and allows us to use this as a basis for a variety of creative work based on butterflies and moths.

We held an after School Club each Friday for year 5 and 6 children.

This summer we have run this Project with visiting artists, staff, students, Scientist and Artist in Residence from the Manchester School of Art (MMU).

In the Early Years, the Nursery children observed caterpillars transform into butterflies and compared them to moths. They developed their creative responses by trying different techniques and skills to create butterflies using colour mixing and chromatography.  They also worked with the staff and students from MMU to create Peppered Moths

For further information on The Peppered Moth Story, see these links:

We are also delighted that our paticipation is detailed in the new book "From A Whisper to a Shout"  produced by MMU and featured by Arts Council England.

"The book itself is the culmination of a year long project within arts and science curriculums, about the Peppered Moth. Throughout the project, a total of 9,681 people from a range of different backgrounds engaged with a variety of events and activities organised by the Outreach Team and their partners."

"Featuring images and case studies of events and activities throughout the project, the book aims to act as a resource for future engagement with the Peppered Moth story for educators, teachers and creative delivery specialists. The book also aims to illustrate how the themes of the project, such as the use of creative methodologies to encourage engagement with the government’s STEAM agenda (Science, Technology, Egineering, Arts and Maths) have the potential to develop creative, innovative problem-solvers of the future."

Download the book in which we feature:


The Peppered Moth Book









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