Lord Mayor’s parade workshops: day 1

Day one of workshops today.  Samba on the field with Duda and Al; dance in the gym with Alysha; tower costume in the library with Ray; turtle puppet with Emma and shark puppet with Zara.  Amazing atmosphere around the school.  Children not involved in workshops today were involved in a range of ocean-themed activities and Year 5 started work on their dolphins.  We are now actively seeking children (and their families) to sign up for the parade.  Permission slips coming home tomorrow.  Enjoy the gallery.

Lord Mayor’s Parade Romance Event

The day has finally arrived.  Today we launched our Lord Mayor’s project with guest expert speakers (CEFAS and Norfolk Wildlife Trust) and a Q&A with our arts partners Marcus, Zara, Ray, Holly and Alysha.  The day started with an assembly where Marcus from Sistema Norwich spoke to us about the traditions of carnival and parading in the UK before telling us more about the history of the parade in Norwich, which includes the famous snap dragon which remains a fixed feature of the city’s parade to this day!  After break the children enjoyed a carousel of activities and micro lectures as they found out more about the project theme.  David Carlin from CEFAS spoke about the importance of creating and maintaining healthy oceans. Georgie from Norfolk Wildlife Trust spoke about the amazing chalk reef off the coast of north Norfolk.  Our very own Ms Denney spoke about the extraordinary biodiversity that can be found in our oceans.  The message from children and staff alike was that it was a remarkable day. Tomorrow we start our workshops.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday 1st May – Lord Mayor’s Parade planning session

Fantastic workshop with 13 children working with arts partners Zara, Marcus, Alysha and Holly to start the process of generating ideas for our parade ‘chapter’.  Within the parade theme of ‘The World Around Us’, Wensum’s chapter is entitled ‘Waves of Change’ and is all about our responsibility to create and maintain healthy oceans.  There was lots of discussion between the children and the artists and we worked together to agree a main theme (impact of pollution on the oceans and what we can do about it!), before working in groups to generate initial ideas (see list below).  The artists and I were super impressed with the contributions that the children made.  As one girl left the session she came up to me and said, “Has this been work?”  Absoluetely! They worked as artists as they generated and contributed original ideas to small group discussions throughout the workshop. Topics for discussion were:

  • the tower costume that will form the centre piece for our chapter
  • ideas for costumes
  • ideas for puppets, props and structures
  • the materials we could use if our chapter is to be truly environmentally responsible.


Enjoy the gallery.

Wednesday 28th March – Working as Artists showcase

The day that seemed so far in the future finally arrived and what a day it was.  We were treated to a stunning showcase of all the hard work the children have done over the last term under the banner of Circus 250.  Scroll down as there are galleries for each year group. Enjoy.

11.30 – Year 6:  First up were Year 6 to present the circus skills they have been working on this term.  This was an interim show as their final performance will take place in a big top circus tent in Chapelfield Gardens in July.

1.30 – Year 3:  After lunch Year 3 presented their puppet shows inspired by circus characters and stories.

2.45 – Year 4:  After a short, mid-afternoon  break we reconvene in the hall to watch the Year 4 circus show which included dancing, singing, drama, circus skills and circus history.

3.30 and 6.00 – Year 5:  Finally Year 5 took to the stage to present their original opera Lost in Time.   They performed two shows to a packed gym.  It was a stunning end to extraordinary day.

Friday 23rd March – Year 3 perform at Norwich Puppet Theatre

The big day has arrived.  After a long day of rehearsals, Year 3 take to the stage to perform their puppet shows. In between the performances we learn circus facts and listen to songs the children have learned specially for the show.  It is a wonderful culmination of all the hard work, creativity and imagination they have shown over the term.  There is no doubt that they have truly worked as artists!  Thanks to Zara and Kate from Norwich Puppet Theatre for their amazing work with us.  Enjoy the gallery.

21st February

Please keep Friday 24th March free. Both Year 6 and Year 3 will be in action on that day with their public performances which will bring their work as artists to a climax. We are in the process of carefully scheduling the performances so that families with siblings in both year groups get to see both performances and make the necessary collections if there are other siblings at Nelson! Just so you know, the Lost In Translation performance will be at their Oak Street Hub base on Colgate, and the Puppet show will be in school. Details to follow.