The weather held this morning so we were able to walk through the performance outside. We had to tweak seating positions; get used to getting up onto the stage and back off again safely, and address the volume issues when speaking and singing outdoors. Y1 and Y2 from Nelson Infant School were our first audience at 11am and then we performed to families, sponsors, our contributing families and Y6 in the afternoon. It was AWESOME! The kids were amazing. Every word spoken and sung was clear so the stories were easy to follow. Thanks to all involved in bringing this extraordinary project to fruition.
The weather forced us inside for our first stage of rehearsals for our show. Duncan marked our the layout on the whiteboard before talking us through how the show will work. We then walked it through to get ourselves familiar with the sequence before we topped and tailed each element to get used to the cues. After lunch we did a complete run through. The children did really well at remembering the order of things. The main thing we need to work on tomorrow is volume!
Just a couple of photographs from this mornings hard work. The children are continuing their programme of half hour singing rehearsals and half hour drama rehearsals. In the drama workshops the children were refining their interludes and learning all about voice projection Vs shouting, and the importance of stillness Vs swinging arms and fidgety feet!
Duncan from The Common Lot returned to WJS today to start working with classes to develop dramatic responses to the migration stories. These dramatic interludes will sit in between the songs in the show and will ensure that all 7 of the original stories are represented in the performance. Children read back through the stories and discussed the elements that they wanted to communicate and how this might be done. Drama workshops and song rehearsals continue tomorrow.
Lord Mayor’s Parade and Anglia Square – a love story. Over 85 of our kids and their families were involved in two big arts events this weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, despite clouds and rain, 80 of our kids turned up on Newmarket Road ready to play their full part in the wonderful Lord Mayor’s Celebration Weekend parade. Ocean-themed digital soundscapes were created live; an indefatigable samba band led from the front; dancers locked in well rehearsed formation, and ranks of puppeteers represented the beauty of our oceans and what could happen if we don’t look after them! The awesome tower costume presided over our parade chapter to gasps of awe, wonder and a little trepidation from the crowded pavements. Thanks to all involved for making it such a huge success. Coming second was the icing on the cake!
On Sunday evening, 7 children from Year 6 joined The Common Lot for their new show Anglia Square – A Love Story. The children performed their original song Anglia Square Despair – written with Duncan and Charlie – to members of the public as part of the ‘walk about performance spots’ that made up the middle section of the show, before joining the cast for the moving finale at the heart of Anglia Square itself as the sun set. We will be performing again on Thursday night. Please join us – you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks to all children, staff and families who have supported our school’s contributions to this weekend’s celebrations.
Here is a selection of images. More will be added as they come in!
Getting ready for the parade – Saturday afternoon
Views from the parade
Anglia Square – A Love Story. Sunday night
Thanks to everyone who joined us this afternoon to celebrate the amazing achievements of our young historians. It was a busy afternoon with packed classrooms as families sat alongside children to listen to the presentations. One teacher commented on the lovely ‘vibe’ around school, while another reflected on how much shared joy there was in the classrooms as the children enjoyed presenting their research to the families. Thanks to all our families whose support for and interest in the work we do makes the projects so meaningful for the children.
What an amazing day! I’ll let the gallery do the talking, but I would just like to extend a huge thank you to Avenue Junior School who joined us for the day and both presented their historical research and listened to others present their work. I’d also like to thank Simon, Duncan and Charlie for helping make the day just that little bit special. Tomorrow afternoon we are throwing open our doors for the family showcase from 1.30pm – 3pm. Come along and find our all about the extraordinary work the children have done this term.
With the children gone for the day, the teachers stayed on to get the school ready for the big day. Tomorrow we look forward to welcoming children and staff from Avenue Junior School as they join us for our inaugural Schools Research Conference.
Fantastic day today. Rehearsals for the performance of Come Yew In! with Charlie; interviews with Duncan; last minute corrections, adaptations, script changes. We ended the day with a rousing performance of CYI! We all left with smiles on our faces and that curious mixture of excitement and trepidation….
Two days to go and there is a real sense of purpose around school; purpose and no small amount of panic, as the children finalise preparations for Wednesday.