At our first workshop the project team met with teachers and trainee teachers from Reading’s Institute of Education to look at some of the books produced by Marie Neurath and her team.

We wanted to find out from teachers how the illustrations in the books could be used in primary classrooms today.

We had an excellent and fruitful brainstorming session.  In small groups, we looked at  books including from the Wonder World of Nature, Visual Science series. Groups identified images or design approaches that could be explored further. Each group came up with examples of teaching materials that would benefit from the illustrations.

We are now using the ideas from this workshop to develop resources for testing with children and teachers in our pilot schools in the new year. Our ‘teacher group’ will be on hand to comment on and advise throughout the project to make sure that what we produce takes account of what is needed in the classroom.