On Thursday, Summerson class had a very special experience – dancing at the Royal Festival Hall! This was the culmination of six intense weeks working with Rambert Dance to prepare a piece inspired by Ghost Dances. Ghost Dances were choreographed by Christopher Bruce in 1981 to highlight political oppression in South America. The children were dancing the parts of the ‘ghosts’, representing the power of the state, taking away citizens’ rights and freedom. The dance moves were inspired by predators, particularly birds of prey. The children choreographed all the trio and partner work themselves.
It was a truly fantastic performance, with many people commenting on the children’s strength, timing and the menacing atmosphere they managed to create. We would like to thank Delene from Rambert who worked so hard to bring the piece together.
On Friday, Year 5 put on the most spectacular Jazz performance. It was a culmination of an intense 5 day project working with the supremely talented Pete Letanka, learning about the fundamentals of music through Jazz. The children of Year 5, in such a short period of time learnt to play instruments, read music, write and sing songs! On the day of the performance, the children performed what they had been working on accompanied by a Pete and his band! It was a great experience and well done to everyone involved!
Imagine a world with no snow, how would you survive Christmas? Picasso club’s second short film with debut performances from Frank, Molly, Amina and Caitlin.
In Picasso Club this term we created a short film; making the scenes with a mixture of collage and drawings, wrote scripts for the characters and as a group created a storyboard for all the things we wanted to happen in the film.
Click here or on the image below to watch the film
Main characters ‘Bob’ and ‘Bryce’ want to build a ‘Planet Dickens’ an imaginary planet to find some snowman, as there is no snow they set of to travel to snow!
For the first time we tested out using a Green Screen, which is what is used in films to make the characters look like they are somewhere else, placing the characters in the backdrops we created.
We discussed how films can be art, looking at how camera angles can change the way we think about the story and all the ways that people work to make films look amazing.
Have a look at the art blog to find out more about art at Charles Dickens Primary School
We have marked the festive season with very special pinatas. Each class has made a pinata which they then filled with glitter and more importantly messages of hope and friendship from other children in the school. Today every class enjoyed ( immensely) opening their pinata and receiving the gift of friendship from another child under a shower of sparkles. Thank you to Mrs Jenkins, our head of art, for such a positive project!
This week, during Creative Arts Week, all children were able to design and transpose their images onto the concrete building site to create a giant magic carpet. It looked amazing! A huge thank you to Sara and Mr Yusuf, our resident artists and a special thank you to Morgan Sindall Group PLC for granting us access to the site!
Have a look at the brilliant video we captured of it!
The Eisteddfod was our biggest highlight of the week and the level of enthusiasm and talent was higher than ever. So many children had made an effort to enter one of the many competitions and every entry was celebrated and judging was very difficult. Well done also to everyone who dressed up in either traditional clothes or the colours of their heritage or country.
Perhaps what was most exciting about this year is that we had a whole host of new winners who had either never entered or never won a rosette before. Congratulations to everyone who entered and thank you to the parents who supported and encouraged them. All these events take time for the children but also time and resources from parents so we are very grateful.
Thank you to Ms Alcock and all the staff who have supported her in making Eisteddfod happen again this year!
Some, but not all of the performances included:
Dance In KS2, placed first was Tyrell (Yr 6) who performed a polished body popping routine with a back flip. Megan and Heba (Yr 5) performed a beautiful contemporary piece, complete with balances and characterisation. We also enjoyed contemporary dances from a range of female duos and groups plus an excellent and certainly brave interpretation of Thriller by Rowan (Yr3)
Recitation: The standard here was exceptionally high and everyone enjoyed the wonderful acting and interpretations of the poems set. Placed first in KS2 were Giulia (Yr 6)and Lina in (Yr 3) for combining excellent diction and characterisation. In KS1, Nina (Yr1) was placed first for her strong clear and characterful interpretation of ‘Cats Sleep Anywhere’.
Instrument performance: An excellent range of instruments were played and all the children played with confidence and without errors. Well done! Placed first were Henry (Yr 6) for Year 5/6 for his uplifting rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘How it feels to be free’ and Fabienne (yr 3) for her piano piece which was praised for its complexity and her musicality. In KS1, Rico was placed first for his confident piano playing which again impressed everyone with its level of challenge for a year 2 child.
Singing: Placed first In Year 5/6 was Jane for her clarity and excellent accent singing in French which is not her first or second language. In Year 3/4 Jamila was placed first for composing and performing her own song about changing the world! Well done Jamila. In Year 1/2 Daisy was placed first for her beautiful singing of “I dreamed a dream’ from Les Miserables.
Art, Handwriting and Story writing: There so many winners and every entry was excellent! All the winning entries and their creators are on the school blog. We hope to have an exhibition of the entries early in the summer term. The ‘art through technology’ presented the highest quality of all the competitions. Mrs Jenkins and the art team had an extremely hard time choosing any winners. If your child did enter this competition, well done to them! The videos are now on the school blog.
Every entry into this category was excellent so we thought we would share them all! Well done everyone.
The theme was change! The creators of each film all entered under a ‘fake name’ to make judging fair so we have some very ‘creative’ names as well. They are all unlisted on youtube which means that you will only be able to access them via these links here and they are non searchable via you tube. If you do not want to share your video, please let the office know.
Here is the first Entry by Special Junior in Year 6.
This next one is a stop motion film by The Professor in Year 1.
Next up is a video by Darf flappy Bird A3 Paper! The film is called ‘Time Travel’. It has been created using models, illustrations and music ( both on the recorder and beat boxing).
Another contribution from Year 6. This one is by ‘The Creator’ and is called ‘The Adventure of Changing’.It is a very special film about a little boy growing up through a series of family photographs.
From year 5 and ‘Tom Drummond’, ‘Changes’ with a David Bowie soundtrack and lots of fun lego animation. We loved the space scene and the use of lego throughout.
Another Year 6 entry. Well done to ‘Thechosenone’ for some excellent programming skills for this animation. Mr Bakas would be very proud.
Year 4 was well represented by this excellent entry from ‘Help,I can’t think of a name!”. We imagine thats because all their creative energy went into the making of this short film which tells of the evolution of man.
This week, to celebrate World Book Day, Barkis Class went to the National Portrait Gallery to meet the writer-illustrator team Knife and Packer. The children had the exciting opportunity to create characters with the authors, and all draw their own cartoon version of them. We then went into the gallery, where the children created their own illustrated heroes and wicked villains in response to the gallery portraits. If you’re enjoying these fantastic illustrations at home, your child could write a story featuring their characters!
Don’t forget that we will be welcoming two more author/illustrators to Charles Dickens Primary next Wednesday when we celebrate World Book Day in school ( 9th March).
Well done to children in Year 5 and 6 for their original productions this week. Following reading an
abridged version of the Canterbury Tales, children devised and wrote their own stories and plays
to bring the tales into 2016.
On Wednesday, our ‘Old Kent Road Tales’ project came to fruition! We welcomed a huge audience
of parents who came to see the plays the children had devised, scripted, designed and performed
themselves. Everyone was impressed by the children’s wild imaginations and by the way in which
the show came together with a musical score composed by the children and conducted by Pete
All of the children made important contributions to the plays but special mentions go to Hamza,
Lola, Ruby and Sofia who all conquered their nerves to give outstanding performances.
We would also like to thank the parents who generously provided after show refreshments – the
children loved being able to celebrate their successes with their families so many thanks for your
This week, Chuzzlewit class went to see the Royal Ballet perform at the wonderful Royal Opera House. We saw a double programme ‘Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons’,choreographed by Frederick Ashton, the founder choreographer of The Royal Ballet.
‘Rhapsody’ is a celebration of the male virtuoso and the principal female role also had choreography of breathtaking clarity and speed.
The Two Pigeons is a story of a wayward young man blind to the value of what is right in front him and the nature of love was explored!
The children had an amazing time and were hugely inspired to the point that some were even dancing in the aisles! We can’t wait to do more dance with Delene, our Dancer in Residence, in the coming weeks.