Junior School Arts Week: 'A Riot of Colour and Creativity'
This week has been Junior School Arts Week; an annual event which brings together all classes from Reception to Year 6 in a celebration of The Arts.
The inspiration for Arts Week this year is the pointillist painting ‘Le Cirque – The Circus’, by Georges Seurat, which was made at the end of the painter’s life in 1890-91. This colourful piece has been on display around the Junior School all week, with classes drawing inspiration from the subject matter of clowns and circus acts performing in a big top tent.
Mrs Cook has been enthused by the passion shown by teachers and children alike for Arts Week: ‘We have had a wonderful time celebrating, and the Junior School classrooms have been a riot of colour and creativity! Class teachers were given the freedom to use morning lessons to explore the circus theme and the children have enjoyed the range of activities on offer. You will able to see a selection of the children’s work on display in the front entrance.’
A circus workshop was the highlight of the week for many children, with a circus professional teaching tricks and stunts in The Shed. Everything from the high wire (or rather low wire!) to juggling and balancing acts were on offer, with children making the most of playtime to practice with circus toys. In the classroom, activities ranged from building electrified merry-go-rounds to creating precise pointillist artworks and re-enacting the costumes and 19th century spirit of the performers and audience in ‘Le Cirque’.
The Samba Band March:
Away from the circus, this week was also an opportunity for many children to perform in front of their friends. A singing competition and two music recitals proved popular events, with pupils enthusiastically applauding every act. Even the Senior School pupils had a chance to enjoy Arts Week, when the Junior School Samba Band paraded around the quads and past the Dining Hall on Thursday lunchtime.
The week has been brought to an end with Book Character Day, with parents watching a stream of children in colourful costumes marching through the Mansion House and into their morning assembly. Finally, on Friday lunchtime, a performance for the children from the Senior School Jazz Band left Arts Week on a high note!
The Book Character Costume Parade: