‘Happy and Joyful’

What a lovely afternoon with 2MS, celebrating their fortnight’s learning with parents, interested adults and the staff and pupils from Askrigg Primary! Hopefully the photographs capture some of the ‘happiness and joyfulness’ experienced by all who could attend.

The dance, choreographed by Mr Spink, flowed from the stream to the bucket to the trickle of the water from the ‘cracked pot’ and was beautifully performed. Meanwhile in the art studio, 2MS were sharing how to batik as well as showcasing their clay pots, silk screens and watercolour resists. It was so lovely to hear 2MS sharing their learning and for all to see their writes. In addition the café was open so that 2MS could share the tasty biscuits they’d made with Mrs Walker, as well as sipping some Indian tea!

Here are some of the comments from the afternoon:

‘I found the whole experience extremely informing. The children all performed the dance really professionally. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my time with the kids and seeing their art work. Also, the biscuits were divine. Well done Year 2!’

‘I am feeling happy and joyful-thank you!’

‘I liked the dance and Joshua and Thalia showing me all their work and the pots. We all loved the biscuits.’ Auntie Tamriss

‘I really liked the dance Y2MS children did. And I really enjoyed looking at the artwork they have done!’

The Cracked Pot

Thank you 2SB for immersing yourselves in  ‘The Cracked Pot’- a beautiful story from India. Through role play, oral story telling and dance you learnt the story off by heart and then created your own version of ‘The Cracked Pot’ using the story sentence openers!

The photographs in the gallery below share some of the art processes you were exploring as well as the celebration of learning shared on Friday afternoon with parents and other interested adults!

Here are just some of the written comments from the celebration of ‘What was really liked’:

“The way the children were able to tell/interpret a story but not just by oral and written means. The children really showed how immersed they were in the whole performance/project.”

“-watching the children perform and how well they worked in their small groups; their storytelling; the classroom where all their work was displayed was inviting and inspiring. The children obviously loved showing the adults their work.” Nekoh’s Grandma

“The freedom offered to the children to express themselves…Being invited to take part in an afternoon is such fun and really helps in appreciating what the children do.”

Macbeth inspires and the Hare learns a lesson

This Autumn term has celebrated so much within the arts at Allerton and we are only eight weeks in!
The hook for Year 5 was Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. The opening scenes inspired the ghoulish witches, battle scenes, facial features and ambitious yet cruel Lady Macbeths. These were depicted through the mediums of paint, weaving, clay and modroc with puppets from scrap materials breathing life into junk!
Dance and drama immersed Year 5 into the first few Acts, with 5LM using their arts fortnight to cast the initial characters within the play. Little did they know that the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds would be their stage-and they certainly owned it! Along with three other schools within Leeds, they took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival and performed Macbeth to a paying and appreciative audience! Photographs depicting their performance will be uploaded very soon…
Aesop’s fable ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’ provided the hook for 2HS. A treasure hunt introduced facts about hares, whilst dance and drama combined with oral storytelling inspired stories, paintings and press prints. ACE’s art studio looked fantastic and was appreciated by so many parents, grandparents and interested adults!
Here are just a few of the comments shared in our celebration fortnights when asked to comment on what was really liked:
“The creativity behind the learning – Emily has loved the past two weeks and has talked non-stop. The best bit for her was the press print. I thought the clay work was excellent. The cafe and art studio are fab!”
“I loved the dancing and the colourful prints. Seeing the children’s pictures and what they’ve been up to is really valuable as a parent.”
“Michael’s improved painting and his amazing enthusiasm for this project.”
“The enthusiastic way the children talked about their learning. How they could identify not only what they found challenging but how they overcame their challenges-love it!”
“I enjoyed the dance and thought that the children interpreted the music really well. The masks are also wonderful, very different to each other-all very unique.”
“I loved the weavings and their use of colour. The children have embraced Shakespeare language!”