Follow last term’s STEM related Exploration Day, in association with the UK Space Agency, this term’s focus had a more creative flavour. Linked in with poetry, which all Year groups has been looking at through the week, the theme of the day was developed from Year 5 English Set 3’s study of the poem Macavity, by T S Eliot. Taken from Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, which is the basis for the musical CATS, the poem proved to be the CATalyst for the day’s feline theme.
The day’s first activity was led by Mr Stopforth (Head of Art), who tasked all pupils with creating their very own cat mask. The process involved using a template to draw and cut a mask, before the pupils put their own stamp on their creation through drawing a personalised design, and adding a mane and other features such as top hats, ribbons and whiskers. Little did they know that their masks would be used as a prop for the following activity.
Upon completion of the masks, the pupils made their way to the Studio Theatre for the Drama and Music segment of the day. Undeterred by the challenge of putting on a performance in as little as a week, Mrs Askew (Head of Drama) and Mrs Taylor (Head of Music) attempted, and succeeded, in putting on the Prep School’s very first performance of CATS in just over an hour, with a cast of over 90 children. Set to the song of ‘Jellicle Cats’, again written by T S Eliot, the pupils were tasked with learning the lyrics, coupled with choreographed actions and dance. The end result was superb, in which the pupils’ attitude was simply PURRfect, showing great co-operation, teamwork and no shortage of enjoyment. The performance was then subsequently shared with the rest of the school during Monday’s morning’s assembly.
For the final part of the day, the pupils were given the opportunity to opt in to a selection of creative activities. There was further opportunity to explore art through Mrs Bloodworth’s ‘Maths Art’ and Mrs Ely’s ‘3D Art’. A DT option was available through Mr Mein & Mrs Gidman’s ‘Clay Cats’. Mr Wainwright put on a dance activity in the swimming pool, with the Prep School’s very first ‘synchronised swimming’ performance, whilst Mr Sinclair & Miss Lewis used a range of instruments to develop ‘Story Music’.
The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and finished in the Studio Theatre with the pupils showcasing their wonderful creative talents.
Ross Irwin – Director of Studies Learning
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