Trailblazing at Gateway Primary Free School

As part of the Trailblazer project running across the GLC various events took place at Gateway Primary Free School throughout the last half term.

Storytelling book bus

The Trailblazer book bus visited year 2 in school today. The children experienced an interactive storytelling session all about pirates which took them on a journey of discovery. Children’s learning started in the classroom where they discussed pirates. They continued their learning on the book bus, where they read and listened to stories written by their favourite authors and were introduced to new stories and authors.

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Caribbean Calypso

The children in year 3 have been studying the text Gregory Cool which is set in Tobago. Children have been learning about the country and its culture. Today, they had the wonderful experience of a Trailblazer music workshop that introduced them to the steel pans which have become an icon of Trinidadian and wider Caribbean culture. The children began to learn the techniques of playing the steel pans in small groups and explored rhythmic skills through playing percussion instruments.

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A Small Tale

Year 4 have been developing their creative writing skills through the mysterious story developed by the Royal Opera House titled ‘A Small Tale’.  The intrigue started as the year 4 children read a cryptic, old picture book about two mischievous and messy tiny people with a love of stories. On the following day, they went on to discover that the old picture book pages were now blank except for two sets of tiny footprints. Where have Abe and Alba disappeared to? Only year 4 have the answers.

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By The Light Of The Moon

Today, the Full House Theatre Company performed their heart-warming new production,  ‘By The Light Of The Moon’. This playful performance to years 2 ,3 and 5 gave children the opportunity to witness puppetry and live singing that told a charming story about a friendship formed in the face of difference. This enchanting performance had many cross curricular links which the children discussed in class after the show.

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Matilda

Year 3 have had the wonderful opportunity to study Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel Matilda. The children have read, acted and written the tale of the extraordinary little girl who is determined to change her own story. Year 3 pupils discussed the language used within the text, acted scenes from the Matilda musical script and wrote their own interpretation of the story.

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