Our Arts Week this year ended today with a fantastic puppet show about 'The Selfish Giant'.
The children have been working towards this performance all week. We were very lucky to have puppeteer Kathy Kelly run workshops for us and helped us to make the puppets used during the show. Class 1 children made fish puppets using lots of sparkles and magic glitter, class 2 children made bird puppets using stuffed tights and ribbon, class 3 children made snake puppets - more stuffed tights and class 4 children made children puppets.
Other workshops were held every afternoon and were visited by a mix of children from each class. A scenery painting workshop involved splattering and printing paint onto large sheets. A puppet workshop involved creating the giant puppet using papier mache and lots of paint. We also made spoon puppets. Another workshop involved creating the music to use during the show during which all sorts of instruments and sound effects were utilised including splashing water and our own voices. The children were all involved in creating a large collage of the giant's garden. We also held a computer workshop where the children produced posters to display around the school advertising the puppet show. The children had a chance to develop their acting skills through drama and puppet workshops as well. It has been a very busy and creative week!
Thank you very much to Kathy Kelly for sharing her skills with us, to all the kind parents who offered their time to help during our workshops and to all the staff for making it such a successful week.
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Lots of the children are achieving certificates on Mathletics. These are the achievements just from this last week! Well done to you all and keep it up.
The children were very excited to receive a visit from Ben Rushgrove this week. All of the children took part in some exercise ciruits before listening to Ben talk about his achievements; they even got to hold his Olympic medals! Ben then answered lots of questions from the children and really enjoyed listening to his aspirational answers. Maybe one day we will see one of the children winning their own Olympic medal!
We are so pleased with our new clay totum poles that have been erected outside the front of our school!
During our last Arts Week, with a Native American theme, all the children were involved in developing a clay face from sketches they had made. Local artist, Des Alner, ran workshops during the week and then took away our clay faces to be fired. Well done to all our pupils, they did a fantastic job!
A big thank you to parents, Mr Caldwell and Mr Stanley, who spent one Saturday morning helping to put the totum poles securely in the ground. We are very lucky to have had Des Alner working with us on this project, not only because of his expertise in the arts but also for his enthusiasm and creativity.
We also need to thank the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Society' for funding this project.