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Fading Rainbows

As the rainbows faded, how did the children feel?

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Fading Rainbows: art, history and wellbeing resources

We encourage you to use the resources we created for the Fading Rainbows project with children to help them explore and express their feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Fading Rainbows project

Fading Rainbows was a partnership with Frith Manor Primary School in Barnet and artist Becci Kenning to develop teaching resources for Year 5 children. The aim was to help the children understand the COVID-19 pandemic and encourage them to express their feelings about the impact it has had on their lives.

Using a scrapbook from the First World War to introduce a past pandemic, we encouraged the children to create scrapbooks of their own to record the experiences and feelings they had in response to COVID-19.

We’d like to thank the staff of Frith Manor (in particular Wendy Wayland and Rebekah Ellis) for their enthusiasm and support with this project.

Get inspired by the art films 

Becci made three films showing different techniques that can be used to create the scrapbooks.

A sheet of ideas supplements these films.

Collage & Text Ideas

Designing Text and Letters 

Mapping Your Community

Scrapbook Art Inspire Images (PDF)

Download the activity worksheets

There is a worksheet that accompanies each Fading Rainbows lesson. Each also works as a stand-alone art activity. 

Download the worksheets:

1. Mapping Activity [PDF]

2. Information Poster [PDF]

3. New Skill Hobby [PDF]

4. Making a Memorial [PDF]

5. Looking Forward [PDF]


Fading Rainbows Lessons: remembering and experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic

We have made the lessons that were piloted with Frith Manor Primary School available for other schools to use.

A child's drawing of a rainbow, a bee and a flower.
A child's drawing of a flower, a bee and a rainbow.

The lessons embed Recovery Curriculum principles through encouraging discussion and reflection – these could be expanded in live online sessions or in the classroom when children return to school. As well as drawing on a historical scrapbook in the LSE Library, they use recorded conversations with academics to better understand the pandemic.

They include an interdisciplinary mix of history, visual literacy, art / craft and PSHE. They are aimed at upper Key Stage 2 – Years 5 & 6, but could be adapted for early Key Stage 3 – Years 7 & 8. The teachers’ notes give guidance, ideas and further resources so they can be adapted. Teachers' Notes [DOC]

Lesson 1: The Influenza Epidemic 1918-19 and COVID-19 2020-21 [PPT]

Lesson 2: How do we see COVID-19? [PPT]

Lesson 3: Seeing the Unseen [PPT]

Lesson 4: A Global Pandemic [PPT]

Lesson 5: Remembering and Hopes for the Future [PPT]


The War and the Flu 1918-19

We also created a set of lessons on the impact of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic using archival resources. These and can be used for History – Important Events (KS2) or adapted up for Armistice / Poppy Day (KS3). They also consider how we remember history and could be used in Key Stage 3 to introduce different sources / forms of historical evidence. Interviews with historians are embedded in the PowerPoints and additional activities accompany. Teachers’ Notes [DOC]

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Some of the Endell Street Military Hosptial staff, August 1916.

Lesson 1: Endell Street Military Hospital and World War One [PPT]

Lesson 1: Word Search [DOC] and Spare Scrapbook Page [PPT]

Lesson 2: Endell Street Military Hospital and Influenza 1918-19 [PPT]

Lesson 2: Influenza Flash Card [DOC]

Lesson 3: More on the ‘Spanish Flu’ [PPT]

Lesson 3: Treatments Comprehension [DOC]

Lesson 4: Remembering Endell Street Hospital, the War and Influenza [PPT]

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