On Thursday 17th June, we’ll be holding our Primary Performance Poetry Challenge semi-finals! Children from 6 schools in the cluster have been busy writing their entries on the theme of Hope. At Archbishop Sumner Primary, they had over 100 entries, so have had to make some very hard decisions to select the 4 poems that will go into the semifinals this week. From the semis, 2 poems per school will go through to our final, which will be online on Thursday 24th June, with our guest judges the fabulous performance poets Adisa and Benna. This project is part of our Summer of Wellbeing, funded by Lambeth Elevate.
As part of the BLC/Windmill Cluster Summer of Well Being, funded by Lambeth Elevate,schools and Nurseries across the borough are invited to join in our Well Being Dance Flashmob on 7th July, 2pm. Our arts partner for this event, The Boury Academy, has put together some tutorial videos for teachers and children to use in school to learn the choreography for High School Musical We’re all in this Together, as well as the backing track and some warm-ups. The videos are between 10 and 15 minutes long and Boury Academy dancer Kage takes you through everything you need to learn the routine and be ready to join in the dancemob on 7th. All information to register for the event (by 21st June please) can be accessed through the following link
Looking forward to it!
Today we have been delighted to present about Confident Creators at the national Storymakers Festival: Reimagining the Curriculum. Speakers have included researchers and schools across the country – including contributions about the curriculum in Wales, New Zealand and Iceland. Thanks to Leeds Beckett School of Education for organising this event and inviting us to present.
This afternoon 100 children from 14 schools joined a Googlemeet call to start their Share a Smile Campaign for this term, as part of the BLC/Windmill cluster’s Summer of Wellbeing programme, supported by Lambeth Elevate. Hannah Joyce and Abigail Hunt worked with the children to find out what they knew about the benefits of smiling – the scientific evidence, what happens in our bodies when we smile, how the children feel when they smile and things that make them happy. They will take their knowledge and ideas to start a smiling campaign in their schools, coming together in a few weeks to share across schools how they are getting on. Here are just some of the things the children noted made them smile. Thank you all the pupils and staff for sharing today and good luck with your campaigns!
We have been delighted to encourage groups of children in our primary schools to become Wellbeing Ambassadors for their school, a scheme that we will be developing for the rest of this term and into next year. Last week children took part in some workshops, delivered by actor and facilitator Jonathan Brenner, developing mindfulness techniques to share with peers in their schools. Feedback from the workshops was really positive and we are delighted that children can use their training in school. Next half term we shall be doing more work with the ambassador groups and bring them together for some virtual sessions as part of our Shared Smiles project. More details to come! Thank you to everyone who made the Mindfulness Heroes workshops happen, in person, in school.
Following the success of the masterclasses we ran with Oval Learning, Windmill cluster and Royal Institution in February, we have been able to put together a short virtual series of further opportunities for some of the gifted young pupils in our primary schools. Just before the end of term we ran 2 virtual sessions, delivered by Rachel Dorris from Royal Institution, on Curves and Parabolas. The children did lots of interactive work exploring shapes and their use in Physics to invent satellite dishes etc and made their own curved stitching drawings. We are delighted to be able to continue this series, with children joining after school – either in school or at home, with monthly masterclasses into the summer. Thank you to the Royal Institution team for enabling this opportunity.
For over 2 years now, we have developed a programme of work, in partnership with Windmill Cluster of schools and Pegasus Opera, Confident Creators: developing a growth mindset through the Arts. This Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded programme has trained teachers to embed Art, Music and Drama into the curriculum as a tool for learning. Our arts practitioners from Pegasus Opera have produced some short, simple video resources for teachers to use, which will soon be on our Confident Creators website, along with a wealth of other materials. You can see some of these resources on our You Tube channel now:Story Pots
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The Primary Science Teachers Trust have produced this excellent resource for primary classes to develop their scientific talk and questioning skills. https://pstt.org.uk/application/files/4016/1599/1844/Picture_for_Talk_Booklet_FINAL.pdf
It is so fantastic to have the Ebony Horse Club in the heart of our area near Loughborough Junction and many children have been able to take up riding there, during the school day and after school. I really enjoyed watching local rider Khadijah Mellah, on BBC iplayer’s Celebrity Supply Teacher, who learnt her riding at Ebony and went on to be the first Muslim jockey wearing a hijab to ever compete in a professional horse race – and she won! Have a watch as Khadijah gives us more information about equestrian studies.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000q14t/celebrity-supply-teacher-series-2-15-khadijah-mellah-equestrian-studies
We were delighted to be part of 2 Royal Institution Maths master classes over the last 2 weeks where 22 schools from BLC, Windmill and Oval Learning, including 100 staff and children from year 5 and 6, tackled A level and higher education mathematics looking at Pascal’s triangle. A big thank you to Alison Eves at the Royal Institution for leading these sessions on Googlemeet. Children learnt how the patterns and maths of Pascal’s triangle had real life use now as experts use the principle of binomial numbers in their estimates of Covid 19 numbers. Well done to all the children who took part for their great contributions. We hope to run more of these sessions next term.