Celebrating the Chinese New Year

All the children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One celebrated Chinese New Year last week. Our celebrations culminated with a celebratory assembly on Monday this week, where the children showed examples of their work, shared facts about the festival and sang and played Chinese music. I was particularly impressed with the Key Stage One children in our assembly as they sang and played the accompaniment to our dragon song on hand bells, ocarinas and symbols. It was the Year one’s first performance on their ocarinas, as they only started to learn to play this term!

We had such great fun that the children asked if we could visit the nursery again to share our music with them. The nursery loved our song and watched with wide eyes as the 5-7 year olds showed the little ones their instruments and let them have a go. The 3-4 year olds were delighted to see their friends again and were beautifully behaved. The second time through, they joined in with the actions of our song.

Christmas Fun

We’ve reached the end of term and it’s been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to blog! Please enjoy a selection of photos from our Christmas activities. I have included a range of photos: Christmas parties, a visit from Santa, Christmas shopping, Christmas dinner, our KS1 Christmas show, our school trip to the pantomime and posting our letters to Santa. It’s been a whirlwind the last few weeks, but thoroughly enjoyable. I was particularly proud of the children’s confident and outstanding performances both singing, speaking and acting in our Christmas show (Ralph the Reindeer) and playing the ocarinas and hand bells at carols at the gate. Have a lovely break everyone, and I’ll look forward to seeing you all in 2020. Merry Christmas!

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.