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The children at All Saints Marsh C of E Academy, part of the Learning Academy Partnership, have had a wonderfully creative week, starting with a visit from DAISI where each child made models out of clay. Thanks to The Helen Foundation, the school was provided with a professional artist who taught some marvellous clay skills that enabled the children to practise and perfect their artistic skills. The theme was ‘mystical creatures’ and each child produced their own individualised monster with imaginative features.
The school values of perseverance were definitely on show as the children had to work with some small pieces of clay that needed extra care, and some intricate details were also added to some of the monsters. Overall, it was a successful day that left each child full of the creative spirit!
The children said : “We learnt new skills and even got to use them on the same day, which was amazing! … It was a lovely day and now I know so much about how to use clay and how to model different shapes… Adding extra details to our mystical creatures was interesting and we learnt how to stick the parts together!”
Templar Class were also lucky enough to have a visit from Tony Gee, performer, puppeteer maker, workshop lecturer and lecturer of 35 years and co-holder of the world record for creating The Biggest Puppet Show on Earth!
In conjunction with Newton’s Place, Tony hosted a ‘play in a day’ with the Year 5 and 6. Together they came up with a mythical story involving the ancient market town of Newton Abbot, designed and made puppet characters, learnt how to make the puppets move realistically and delivered a wonderful performance to the whole school at the end of the day.
All the children made their own high quality puppet to bring their tales to life including, parrots, monkeys, penguins and lots more!.
Laura Secker, Head Teacher said: “It has been wonderful to see our children immersed in creativity and having opportunities to experience different art forms. The giggles during the puppet theatre workshop and the concentrated silence during the clay workshop was wonderful to here. At All Saints Marsh our children thrive on these wider curriculum experiences and are so lucky to have a local community with so much to share with us.”