As part of our International Week, children in Year 1 and Year 2 took part in a percussion workshop with the wonderfully talented Gary Hammond. He helped bring the story of the African themed, Lila and the Secret of the Rain to life with an amazingly diverse set of instruments. Such an opportunity for the children to put sound to story using instruments they had never seen or played before.
Year 2 started the day with a 'chalk and talk' lesson (no electricity!) and learnt some Ugandan words and phrases. Children tried carrying 5 litre water bottles around the outside area and walked with baskets on their heads to imagine what it would be like to be a child living in Rukungiri. They couldn't believe that children in Uganda sometimes have to walk over an hour to collect water from streams, then queue for an hour to fill up their container, before walking back. All this before school, only to be repeated on their return home. We made a meal of rice with vegetables and beans which was eaten with fingers - a very novel experience for our children, but a normal daily occurrence at St Paul's School. Our International Week has really broadened the global awareness of our year 2 children, to people, places and cultures of others in a different locality to their own.
Reception children had a wonderful day finding out more about life in Africa. Balancing and carrying things on their heads was a challenge! They completed some fantastic African-inspired creative activities and ate lentils with their fingers. What a super learning experience!
Our children loved their workshops with Pete the Music Man. Such engaging and inclusive quality sessions which did not fail to trigger an enthusiastic response from all. Children were jiggling, singing, tapping, shaking and banging their way through the sessions and it was a delight to see their sense of rhythm develop.
This term in our Muck, Mess and Mixtures theme, we have been exploring different ways to create a print. We have learnt that a relief print is made through contact and looked at the work of the Victorian artist, William Morris to create a repeating print inspired by nature using polystyrene tiles to etch the design into. It was so much more challenging to transfer the hand drawn image to the tile!