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Working as Artists Year 3 Blog 2017-18

Year 3 put on circus puppet shows

Today in Year 3 we had our first go at putting on a puppet performance about the circus.  We each made a character and stuck it onto a lollystick, and we created a circus backdrop.  We then made up a story where something dramatic happened to one of the characters.  Finally, we performed our puppet […]


Circus skills in Year 4

Today Year 4 took part in a circus activity day involving acrobatics, juggling, art work and a brief history of circus.


Thursday 4th January – Circus 250 gets underway at Wensum

This term’s Working as Artists project got off to a flying start today with children across the school engaged in a range of circus-themed activities.  Year 3 worked really hard in small teams to create puppet characters and a story line for a short puppet show  that they showcase to their peers tomorrow morning.  Year […]


Friday 15th December: New city centre tower named after Norwich-born Victorian circus legend

Pablo Fanque was born in Norwich in 1810 and went on to become Britain’s first black circus owner. His circus was one of the most successful of the Victorian era.  Name checked in the Beatles song Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite from their 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, his name […]


15th December – Circus 250 gets its official press launch

Norwich’s role in next year’s nationwide Circus 250 celebrations received its official press launch in today’s Evening News.  Wensum Junior School is very excited about being part of this project when we ‘work as artists’ in the spring term.  We will be resuming our partnerships with Lost in Translation, the Puppet Theatre and Sistema for […]


Lost in Translation perform at Lord Mayor’s Celebration Weekend

Come and support our friends from Lost in Translation as they perform outside City Hall tomorrow night at the start of the Lord Mayor’s Celebration Weekend. Show starts at 8.45pm, but get there early for a seat. See you there.


Sunday 2nd July – 8 Y6 children perform in ‘Come Yew In’ with The Common Lot

On a beautiful afternoon in the shadow of Cow Tower, 8 of our Year 6 children join local theatre company The Common Lot in their latest piece Come Yew In – A Proud History of Strangers in Norwich. Over the past few weeks they have been working with Duncan Joseph to develop a 5 minute […]


Wednesday 3rd May – Y4 performance day has arrived

Today saw the delightful conclusion to what has been a wonderfully rich and engaging project on India and Indian culture. Story learning, telling and writing; history, geography, culture, and a visit to Norfolk’s only Hindu temple all came together in today’s beautifully staged dramatic retelling of the traditional Indian tale of Rama and Sita. Thanks […]


UEA drama students perform to Year 4

    Year 4 enjoyed a performance about the river Ganges and how Lord Rama helped to clean it up! The story was a mixture of traditional Indian folk tales including The Onion Thief and The Greedy Wife. Many thanks to the students who wrote the play especially for our Year 4 children.    


28th April: Y5 opera Gloria and the Day of the Dead – you did it!

I just had to get some photos out there. What an extraordinary achievement! Well done to all involved – children, staff, Sistema Norwich. You truly ‘worked as artists’ and as a company delivered something utterly captivating. I just can’t stop thinking about it in all its richness. There will be other photos to follow next […]