Hosting an Able, Gifted and Talented event for schools in our local area

On Tuesday 12th October, Battle Abbey Prep School, Bexhill, were delighted to invite able, gifted and talented children from local primary schools for an exciting programme of art, music and drama. The Prep school opened its doors and facilities, with an aim to support the arts in the local community.

The staff and children at Battle Abbey Prep School, Bexhill, gave a warm welcome to children from four local schools: Westfield School, Ninfield Church of England Primary School, Pebsham Primary Academy and Stonegate Church of England Primary School. As part of the animal theme, the 5-7-year-olds made beautiful and highly individualised animal masks, using a range of materials and artistic techniques, facilitated by the local artist Josephine Ho, who has worked with Battle Abbey School for many years.  The children partook in a lively and engaging drama session where, as part of their experience, they acted and improvised around the theme of a safari tour.  During their music session, the children learned a range of animal themed songs, having great fun dressing up and using a wide range of untuned percussion to create accompaniments to the songs.

At the end of the day, the children all came together and gave a short presentation to the older children in the school and visiting parents, utilising their amazing masks in their drama performance and sharing two of their songs and musical accompaniments.

The enthusiasm and excitement of the day was evident in all the children’s faces and the quality of work that the children created across the arts, was outstanding and “every single person was having fun” (Sebastian age 7). The children loved working and playing with like-minded children from other schools, with Natalie, age 6, declaring, “I love making new friends.” Frederica, age 6 said that “It was the best day ever!”

Battle Abbey Prep School, Bexhill, looks forward to planning future events in a similar vein. It was a very successful day promoting the arts and cooperation with local schools and was of great benefit to all the children involved.

Young Musicians

Today, the children that take additional music lessons had the opportunity to perform to the rest of the class. It is lovely to see the children so confident at the very beginning of their musical journey and to celebrate in their ongoing progress. Whilst we were downstairs, using the grand piano, we took the opportunity to discuss how the piano works and take a look inside. Obviously, everyone wanted to have a go on the piano too, so the children took it in turns to find out what sorts of sounds are possible. Later on, Year 2 all performed their own ocarina compositions that they have been working on this term. Thank you to all the Key Stage One children that performed a prepared piece of music to us today.

Chinese New Year – Gung Hay Fat Choy

Key Stage 1 and Reception joined forces today to entertain the rest of the school during whole school assembly. They have worked very hard over the past few weeks to learn all about the Chinese New Year and the children wanted to share their learning with key stage 2. The assembly started with the reception children parading to Chinese music as a large Chinese dragon. Year 2 then shared facts about Chinese New Year and Key Stage One acted out the story of The Great Race, the story of the origins of the Chinese Zodiac. This was followed by a presentation of work from all the classes, where the children showed a selection of art work and Chinese writings. To conclude, the children all sang a song to wish everyone good luck and prosperity. Children, you were amazing! What a wonderfully entertaining and informative start to the day.