We were very fortunate to take part in the ‘National Nutcracker’ project in the Autumn term, which was organised by the Royal Opera House in London and involved schools from all around the country.
The children helped to choreograph their own 4-minute dance, taking inspiration from the Nutcracker, and focusing on the theme of ‘Travel to Faraway Lands’. The final piece was filmed and the children also performed it to their parents at our showcase and then to the whole school.
Here we are on filming day…
After working hard all term on our Nutcracker dance, it was time for a treat. First we went to the Odeon cinema to watch a film of the Royal Ballet performing the full Nutcracker ballet. It was fantastic to see professional dancers and their interpretation of the music.
Afterwards we went to Rock-Up for a completely different physical challenge: climbing. It was amazing to see the children’s determination and pride as they pushed themselves to scale the walls and abseil down again.
In the Spring term, we have been developing our football skills, playing various games to practise dribbling and passing, building up to a game. The class split into four teams and played a mini-tournament. The winners overall were the red team, which consisted of Ben, Nikita, Riley, Madelaina, Kieran and Ryan.
In the second half of the Spring term we are studying gymnastics, focusing on perfecting sequences about ‘The Water Cycle’. The idea is to develop and demonstrate balance within a routine and to know what ‘unison’ and ‘canon ‘ mean and how to use both.