As a Platinum Artsmark school with Heritage Schools status, we continually enrich the curriculum provision in school with exciting projects and events. We are a registered Arts Centre with three trained Arts Advisors on staff. This means we are able to award children with Trinity College Arts Awards. Over a hundred children have achieved this qualification through the work we do with them.
Subject Specific Projects
Whole School Events
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
‘70 things that tell our story’
In the Summer of 2022, we celebrated together the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We focused on the Queen’s 70 years and the changes there had been during her reign. Each year group focused on a decade of her reign and selected ten things that tell the story of the decade. The children selected these and then created an exhibition of their decade. They are also looked at how everyday things have changed over the decades, producing timelines. Teachers also shared books about the Queen and the jubilee. Every year group created a portrait of the Queen for their decade.
Reception and Terri have given the school’s pig a makeover for the jubilee.
All of this work was on display in our ‘70 things that tell our story’ exhibition on 23rd June. We had hundreds of visitors, including families, governors and local museum professionals.
Keep the Home Fires Burning
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the whole school took part in a year-long arts and heritage project.
When Covid 19 disrupted our plans, we moved online as much as we could. We delayed the mural project until we were all back together again.
The topics we looked at during the year included:
• A Wartime Christmas
• Weddings and Parties
• Air Raids and Shelters
• The War Effort
• Grow Your Own
This was a cross curricular project included art, drama, dance, history, English and music. Collapsing the curriulum enabled us to we had film shows, worked with an artist to create an 8 metre mural, created a graphic novel, wrote stories, created dance and drama performances, learnt and performed wartime songs, and exhibited our art. We used our Air Raid Shelter Museum and its artefacts as starting points for learning. Suffolk Archives (The Hold) supported us and provided us with a vast amount of local history documents and photos. Their support has been immense and we will continue to work in partnership with them in the years to come.
This is the biggest project that the school has done and we worked with several other partners so that we could deliver it. They included:
• The University of Suffolk – history department
• Dance East
• Eastern Angles
• Out of the Box and Cross the Line
• Historic England Heritage Schools
• Ipswich and Colchester Museum Service
• The Suffolk Music Hub
• Professional authors and artists
During the course of the year we invited parents to Share Events, which included performances and exhibitions, as well as updating this page. We didn't stop during lockdown, simply moved online!
Helen Wilson and Sally Ann Roberts
Arts and Heritage Project Leads
The Hold (Suffolk Archives)
The Hold is where the new records office will be based. It is next to the university building near the Waterfront in Ipswich. We are fortunate enough to be working on various joint projects with Suffolk University and The Hold. They supported us with our 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' year long project in the run to the 75th anniversary of VE Day and with our Pop up Museum. They have provided us with valuable archived documents and photos, as well as producing a giant map showing the bombing of Ipswich.