This term we have started our sixth year as a Thurrock Trailblazer school. This involves work with The Royal Opera House in Purfleet and a range of cultural providers that offer creative workshops for pupils and professional developments courses for staff. Trailblazer focuses on creative and cultural learning and links closely to our Artsmark application. This year our chosen Trailblazer projects involve music teaching and improving staff subject knowledge and skills, creative writing opportunities, developing creative pupil voice opportunities, creating DT projects and theatre set design, emotional wellbeing and developing resilience in pupils linking to our nurture approach.
There are also lots of Art and DT lessons taking place around the school. Year 5 have been busy making Viking ships, Year 3 are in the process of making Stone Age houses from clay and will be weaving the roof of their house in the coming weeks. Year 4 have been improving their sketching and drawing skills, Year 2 continue their work on creating puppets and have started sewing while Year 1 have been printing, colour mixing and studying Andy Warhol.
In the last few days, the sounds of Christmas songs have been pouring out of classrooms. Each year group have started learning a festive tune, ready for a special performance at the end of term. With only a few weeks left of the Autumn term, further Christmas crafts will no doubt be under way soon.