The Little Hoot – Celebrating young creativity

The Little Hoot was the culmination of the city-wide schools education programme of The Big Hoot, that saw teachers and young people get involved in creative projects that linked to both the curriculum and the nationally recognised Arts Award.

Crafted by children from local nursery, primary, secondary and special schools the full wing-span of Birmingham; this extraordinary showcase saw over 25,000 children from 114 schools spend months experimenting with colour, texture and pattern whilst at the same time undertaking fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

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The enthusiasm and commitment of teachers and pupils to be at the core of this unique cultural project has propelled it to become Britain’s biggest schools art event of 2015.

From Wednesday 8 July to Saturday 21 September, 121 owlets were on display to the public in 18 venues across the city. The owlets have now been returned to the schools involved to keep as a permanent memento of their contribution to The Big Hoot.

The 18 sites included parks, museums, shopping destinations and Birmingham Airport, with a parliament of 26 owlets displayed in a centre piece exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

We have been overwhelmed by the quality, range and diversity of designs from all the participating schools. Each of the owlets told an individual story of the aspirations of young people, their school and their wider community. Thank you to all the teachers, young people and participants for their contribution to the success of The Little Hoot and for clearly demonstrating the importance of creativity in the classroom and beyond.” Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director, Wild in Art

The programme was supported by official Education Partner, The Schools of King Edward VI who have a long history with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and who wanted to increase awareness of its ‘Opening Doors’ campaignSchools of King Edward VI – a strategy which is widening access into its five free grammar schools for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

If you’d like it for your records or Arts Award evidence you can still download a copy of The Little Hoot trail map here. The Little Hoot Trail Map (pdf)

It’s Evaluation time! 

Did your school or community group take part in The Little Hoot? How was it for you and what could we have done differently? We want to know all about you, your students and their families experiences, so we can improve upon our education programmes and use the statistical and anecdotal evidence to help us lobby at a national level for greater support for the arts,  creativity and health & wellbeing in education settings.

If helping make a change wasn’t incentive enough, we’ll pop all the names of those who complete the following mailchimp survey in a hat and on the 30th of October we’ll randomly select one of you to win three of the lovely commemorative Big Hoot figurines, a great momento of the event and available to purchase from The Big Hoot shop right now.

Click here to complete the online evaluation

Key stage appropriate, young people versions of our evaluation forms are available in your education packs, on the CDR in your pack or for you to download below, as we’d really love to hear directly from the pupils at the heart of this project. These can be returned to: Wild in Art, Warmbrook Barn, Thornell Close, Chapel en le Frith, High Peak SK23 0NR.

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You can still purchase a sculpture and education pack for the owlet

The pack includes an Owlet sculpture, accompanied by a full curriculum-linked Education Resource Pack; putting creativity at the heart of a study programme designed to complement Key Stage specific teaching of numerous subjects. The pack also included resources that enable groups to address issues such as childhood obesity, mental well-being, emotional intelligence and building resilient communities of young people.

For more information email education@wildinart.co.uk or visit www.wildinart.co.uk

All the schools who took part in the project are featured below, along with their contact details and copies of their owlet venue plaque. If you missed a QR code during your owl hunt, you can now view or download this from each individual schools page below.

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The Last Owlet

The last Owlet was the final owlet in The Little Hoot to be created. The design was determined through a... Read More

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Oasis Academy Foundry

There are 41 nationalities at Oasis Academy Foundry. ‘Worldly Wise’ was based on the idea that whilst many of its... Read More

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St John The Baptist Catholic Primary School

‘The Golden Ticket’ has been designed by the children at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School in North Solihull.... Read More

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St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School

The design for the owl is inspired by the art elements of the thematic curriculum at St. Anthony’s. The images... Read More

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St Clements C of E Academy

‘Clementine’ celebrates the diversity and cultures of the family at St. Clement’s C. of E. Academy. The children and teachers... Read More

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Wilkes Green Infant School

‘CC’ or (Cee-Cee) stands for ‘Community – Creativity’ and was designed by Wilkes Green Infant School. The school felt that... Read More

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Annie’s Owl

Vinnie illustrates how The Little Hoot can be used as a device to enable young people of all ages to... Read More

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Secret City Arts with pupils from Hamilton, Rookery and Queensbury Schools, North Birmingham

Parliament of owls is an Owlet of two halves; decorated with hundreds of handwritten feathers, one side is brightly coloured... Read More

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Secret City Arts with community groups in Attwood Green

Story Owl is feathered up with over 200 individual paper feathers handwritten with stories, memories, poems, and gasps of astonishment... Read More

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St Andrew’s Healthcare

This owlet was created to increase understanding and reduce stigma around mental illness. Patients and staff from St. Andrew’s Healthcare... Read More

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Nechells POD

Nechells POD users wanted to demonstrate the importance of the POD to the local community and decided to produce a... Read More

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Perry Beeches Infant School

‘Perry Hoot’ was designed by one of the youngest children in Reception class: Tanish, aged 5. His design was selected... Read More

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Raddlebarn Primary School

The children of Raddlebarn Primary School decided upon a rainbow theme based on the decoration in their halls. The colours... Read More

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Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy

The Year 6 pupils of Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy have been studying a topic entitled ‘Gallery Rebel’, which has... Read More

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King Edward’s School

The owl is a symbol of many differing things to many cultures, and so the students of King Edward’s School... Read More

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King Edward VI Handsworth School

A celebration of Birmingham’s social, industrial and cultural past and present together with the variety of subjects that are taught... Read More

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King Edward VI Five Ways School

Students and staff at KEFW have had a HOOT creating the new clothes for our owlet, Tawney. The winning design... Read More

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King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The pupils’ design expressed the school’s appreciation for Birmingham’s built environment. Created and painted by Rebekah Murgatroyd, Orla Neal and... Read More

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King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys

Students were invited to complete the sentence, “When I grow up, I want to achieve….’.  Recorded on the owl itself,... Read More

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King Edward VI Aston School

Arty was created by Year 7 boys of King Edward VI Aston School. Using Photoshop, they abstracted parts from each... Read More

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King Edward High School for Girls

Road Trip is inspired by the landmarks of Birmingham and features cartoon drawings of Selfridges and Symphony Hall. The tree... Read More

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James Brindley School and the WAA Foundation

Owen the Owlet is the result of a collaboration between the pupils of James Brindley School at Birmingham Children’s Hospital... Read More

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Forestdale Primary School

This owlet is based on the designs of William Morris. Part owners of William Owl, Year 5, decided on the... Read More

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Cherry Orchard Primary School

Pupils used different sized owls on their design to represent how they grow and develop as children. The bright colours... Read More

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Castle Bromwich Junior School

Castle Bromwich Junior School’s owlet has been inspired by the ideas of identity and community. Hands are a prominent feature... Read More

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Adderley Primary School

Oliver the Owl was inspired by Adderley Primary School’s colours and the creative ethos shared across the school. The school... Read More

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Somerville Primary School

The talented and creative children of Somerville Primary School were asked to submit design ideas for the owlet. The front... Read More

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St. John the Baptist RC Primary School

The Golden Ticket has been designed by the children at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School in North Solihull.... Read More

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Pegasus Primary School

This owlet was inspired by Birmingham and celebrates the culture and heritage from important movements in Birmingham to historically famous... Read More

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St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School

The children’s design represents them and mirrors their values. They dressed Faith in the school’s uniform and on his wings,... Read More

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Wheeler’s Lane Technology College

Orion was inspired by woodland, fantasy characters and was created by Year 10 student, Harry Buswell of Wheelers Lane Technology... Read More

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Bloomsbury Nursery School

Elsa Owl has been designed and decorated by a group of three to four year olds who have been exploring... Read More

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Bishop Challoner School

Owliver celebrates Birmingham as an industrial city, and the maps on his back show how the city has expanded and... Read More

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St Hubert’s Primary School

Year 4 pupils designed Ugla (Viking for owl) by taking inspiration from their Viking topic, and exploration of Scandinavian art... Read More

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Saltley School

A culmination of designs from Key Stage Three depicting the transformation of the school and representing all the key elements... Read More

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Water Mill Primary School

Water Mill pupils were briefed to design an owlet that they would like to see in their city. The two... Read More

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The Oaks Primary School

Designed and created by Year 2 children, King Oaky, was inspired by Warrick Castle’s historic art. The school’s motto, From... Read More

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Cherry Oak School

The children of Sycamore class produced a wide range of designs based upon their various interests. The winning design was... Read More

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Tudor Grange Academy Solihull

The Night’s Watch owlet features a montage of designs created by students at the Academy. It reflects the work of... Read More

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Walsall College

Power Within was designed by Shamol Ali, who is studing for an OCR Level 2 Technical Diploma in Art and... Read More

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Merstone School and Forest Oak School

This owlet design reflects the schools’ creativity and inclusive approach of working together and sharing ideas. All classes designed an... Read More

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Newtown Primary School

Isai is based upon an amalgamation of several pupils’ ideas and a project led by Kara in the school’s Year... Read More

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SS. Mary & John Catholic Primary School

    This owlet is a celebration of Year Three’s writing and artwork. Rather than creating a single theme, pupils... Read More

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Alumwell Junior School

Professor Wilbert Owl was inspired by the beautiful grounds of Alumwell Junior School. Although hugged by junction 10 of the... Read More

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Highfield Junior and Infant School

The children of Highfield Junior and Infant School held a design competition and the final eight were given to Year... Read More

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Moseley C of E Primary School

Hooty is a black and white themed owlet whose striking and classic look resembles the Moseley area. Parents, children and... Read More

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Kings Heath Primary School

KHPS Hooter is a collection of ideas submitted by Kings Heath Primary School children, who were invited to create an... Read More

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Hodge Hill Girls’ School

Owlet #1’s Name: Seasonal Owl Trail Location: BBC Birmingham Public Space – Mailbox Seasonal Owl was designed and created by... Read More

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Kings Rise Academy

Kings Rise Academy Art Club designed its owlet to represent each season of the year by dividing the owlet into... Read More

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Chandos Primary School

This owlet reflects the vibrancy and ethnic diversity of the school, whose emblem is the sunflower, which grows tall around... Read More

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Audley Primary School

Pupils examined Van Gogh’s works, focusing on his use of colour, creation of movement and mood through bold brush strokes.... Read More

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Welford Primary School

Wowl reflects the uniqueness of Welford Primary School. It held a competition and chose aspects from winning entries that reflected... Read More

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Victoria School and Specialist Arts College

This owlet was created by students from Victoria School and Specialist Arts College using inclusive techniques to develop and promote... Read More

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Lyndon Green Junior School

Together is an assimilation of Gracie Roath and Danielle Wright’s separate designs. The first involved every child in the school,... Read More

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St Matthew’s C of E Primary School

Pupils of St Matthew’s C of E Primary School were given the design brief “you are the light of the... Read More

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Whitehouse Common Primary School

Students completed research about owls and Birmingham, before participating in a competition to design this owlet. Year 3’s Emily Matthews’... Read More

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St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux ,The Little Flower Girl, is the school’s Patron Saint and its motto, ‘Little Flowers Growing and... Read More

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St Clare’s Catholic Primary School

My name is Blinkle and I was designed by Mya Tran and Rachel Nguyen of St Clare’s. When St Clare’s... Read More

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Brookfields Primary

This owlet was designed by some of Brookfields Primary School’s talented artists.  The children explored the history of the Brookfields... Read More

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Lyndon Green Infant School

Smiley the Owl has been created by Lyndon Green Infant’s Art Club members (all 5-6 year olds).  The children studied... Read More

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Wychall Primary School and Children’s Centre

Wych-owl celebrates the stained glass of Birmingham-born artist, Edward Burne-Jones and Wychall Primary School. Pupils investigated Burne-Jones’ work and created... Read More

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Chad Vale Primary

The school ran a competition, resulting in ten winning designs across all age groups. The Big Hoot Team got together... Read More

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North Birmingham Academy

Ripple’s design was inspired by artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and his use of bright colours and fascinating shapes. The school liked... Read More

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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

The main contributors to the design were pupils from Year 2 who are currently completing the Discover Arts Award alongside... Read More

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Millfields First School

Professor Moulin was inspired by what the school means to its children. All were involved in the design process, and... Read More

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Four Oaks Primary

Decorated by Year 1 class 9 (The Owl Class!) and a Year 5 class, Hooty Fruity was inspired by a... Read More

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Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre

MoMo represents the exciting, vibrant place that Birmingham is and how that vibrancy has filtered into the school and inspired... Read More

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Paget Primary School

This owlet was created during the school’s after-school art club – the children’s ages ranged from reception to Year 5.... Read More

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St Saviour’s CE Primary School

This owlet was created using different ideas that focused on the opportunities available at the school, in the community and... Read More

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Oasis Academy Short Health

This Oasis Academy Short Heath owlet was designed by Alize Bembridge, Daniel Vernalls, Jessica Burelli and created by Art Club.... Read More

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Tiverton Academy

This owlet amalgamates three children’s designs that the school felt reflected Tiverton Academy and its motto: One School, Many Talents.... Read More

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Fox Hollies

Andy the Owl was designed by the students of Upper One – an amalgamation of ideas and themes generated from... Read More

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Regents Park Community Primary School

The great city of Birmingham was the inspiration behind Lord Regent I. The children visited Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery... Read More

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Marlborough Infant & Nursery

At the school’s Owl Art Week, children in each year group explored the styles of famous artists.  Class FS1 looked... Read More

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Yardley Wood Community Primary School

Year 3 children took inspiration from Andy Warhol’s artwork and designed an owlet influenced by his use of repeated, blocked... Read More

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Hall Green Junior School

Owlet #1’s Name: Owl For One and One for Owl Trail Location: Birmingham Airport The name is a play on... Read More

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Birches Green Infant School

The owlet of Birches Green Infant School is green with the school’s logo to reflect the name of the school.... Read More

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Grendon Primary

  Hope was designed by Zhala and Shadman of Grendon Primary School. Zhala’s design is a seabed covered with coral... Read More

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Calshot Primary

Five children from each class of Calshot Primary School were chosen to help transfer their design, which captured the school’s... Read More

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Dame Ellen Pinsent

The children of Dame Ellen Pinsent School researched famous artists, picked their favourite and then designed images of owls in... Read More

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Waverley School

Waverley School pupils were inspired by the diversity of Birmingham. Each pupil had one feather to decorate with patterns and... Read More

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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School

Owlvis is inspired by the school community of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School and the artwork of Edward... Read More

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Holland House Infant

The children at Holland House were inspired by pointillism and aboriginal art. Before they embarked on painting the owlet, the... Read More

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St George’s Church of England Primary School

This owlet was inspired by the school’s High Five Values: kindness, forgiveness, empathy, justice and honesty. After being introduced in... Read More

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Chilwell Croft Academy

Children at Chilwell Croft were asked to submit designs based on the theme, ‘Our school, our community’. From 400 entries,... Read More

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Calthorpe Academy

Identifying key buildings across Birmingham City Centre, students recreated them in their design. They noticed the prominence of the city’s... Read More

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Green Meadow Primary

This owlet was created by children from Green Meadow’s Creative Club, who took inspiration from vintage fabrics, vivid colours and... Read More

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Twickenham Primary School

Twickerhoot artwork was created largely by Year 6 pupil, Colyssia. Colyssia has used the school’s colours and logo to create... Read More

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Kingsland Primary

As part of a competition, children were asked to design an owl linked to artists, Georgia O’Keeffe and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.... Read More

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Anglesey School

Over 570 Anglesey Primary School children from Years 1 to 6 worked together to create this owlet, using mehndi designs... Read More

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St Martin De Porres Catholic Primary School

This owlet was designed by Zac Iman and is based on the character Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the... Read More

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Longwill School

This owlet design was created by children from Year 1 and 2 using ideas from pupils across the school. The... Read More

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Christ Church CE Primary Sparkbrook

Sparky reflects the theme: Bright Sparks of Sparkbrook. To show how creative and knowledgeable the children are, each one wrote... Read More

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Montgomery Primary Academy

Children from Year 4 worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence, Andrew Tims, to design and decorate Monty. Taking inspiration from the... Read More

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Selly Park Technology College

Selly Park students were asked to create an owlet based on the theme, ‘Our College, Our Life’. The winning designs... Read More

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St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary School

The design for the owl is inspired by the art elements of the thematic curriculum at St Anthony’s. The images... Read More

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King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy

Emojiowl was designed and created by Chloe Hayward in Year 8. Its Emoji-like symbols create a sense of fun but... Read More

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Leigh Primary School

Lileigh was created by children of Leigh Primary School aged between six and eleven. They were inspired by the colours... Read More

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Wheeler’s Lane Primary School

Wheeler’s children were given an owlet template to design over Easter. The final design combined ideas based around the theme... Read More

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Kingsbury School and Sports College

This x-ray owlet was originally designed by Year 9 students, Marlon Jordon and Mariam Ismail. Marlon particularly enjoyed studying surrealism... Read More

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Ward End Primary School

The Tropical Owl, inspired by the Amazon Rainforest, was designed and decorated by a mixture of children from the talented... Read More

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The Oval School

Eighteen children from The Big Hoot After School Club took part in a competition to find a design for the... Read More

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Stanville Primary School

Dragonflight is an amalgamation of several designs by the children of Stanville Primary School. The school’s logo is Stanley the... Read More

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St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School

Lord of the Wings was initially inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien who spent much of his time at Sarehole... Read More

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St Benedict’s Infant School

This owlet sculpture was inspired by the many different communities that are represented within St Benedict’s Infant School. The design... Read More

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Slade Primary School

Year 2 children designed Owlbert with purple and blue colours, reflecting the school’s logo. A visit from a falconry centre... Read More

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Rookery School

Rookery School’s Arts Council owlet design competition had over 250 entries. Ten finalists were selected before one winner was chosen... Read More

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Nonsuch Primary School

Nonsuch Primary School designed its owlet based on the theme of the anniversary of the Magna Carta. During research, the... Read More

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Hillstone Primary School

Hillstone Primary School’s owlet design encompasses the Spitfire logo. The children have created a multi-coloured design of overlapping circles. Owlets... Read More

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Hallfield School

Students from Year 3 to 6 submitted design ideas for this owlet. A team of 8 students was selected and,... Read More

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Hall Green Infant & Nursery School

Precious is based on Birmingham’s metal industry and Cadbury chocolates. Hall Green Infant & Nursery School’s idea was to decorate... Read More

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Gossey Lane Junior Infant & Nursery School

The inspiration for A.S.P.I.R.E. originated from Birmingham’s cityscape and the school’s logo. Mosaic artist, Caroline Jariwala, and children from Years... Read More

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Gilbertstone Primary School

The school wanted to celebrate Birmingham’s jewellery making heritage, their pupils’ love of the Forest School and Year 6’s achievements,... Read More

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Deykin Avenue Junior and Infant School

The pupils and staff of Deykin Avenue Junior & Infant School were asked to design a patch for Patch the... Read More

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Cotteridge Junior and Infant School

This owlet was created by nine, Year 5 children after their designs were chosen by the school. 73 designs were... Read More

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Broadmeadow Infant and Nursery School

Professor Harry Hoot is a super scientist owlet – he even has a belt with potions to help and protect... Read More

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Bournville Junior School

Pupils took inspiration for their owlet design from all the wonderful memories that they hold dear from their time at... Read More

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Bournville Infant School

The design will focus on emphasising our local area and its green space. It will be a visual recording of... Read More

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Billesley Primary School

The school researched owls using books and encyclopaedias for inspiration and in order to understand different parts of an owl’s... Read More

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Anderton Park Primary School

Anderton Park Primary School’s owlet was inspired by the school’s passion for promoting British values and celebrating difference and diversity.... Read More

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Broadmeadow Junior School

Professor Harry Hoot is a super scientist owlet – he even has potions to protect children in trouble!  A design... Read More

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Acocks Green Primary School

The whole school took part in a competition to design the best owlet. Each pupil was given a template of... Read More