King's Hawford

1 July

Arts Week inspires creativity under the theme of Freedom

King’s Hawford has been a sea of creativity and colour as we have celebrated the annual King’s Hawford Arts Week.  Every day has been packed full of opportunities for the children to express themselves, all under the theme of Freedom. 

Pupils across the school have been taking part in creative activities around the theme. Year 1 have been flying their freedom kites from the top of the Mound, Dance Mix have been rehearsing in The Barn, beautiful canal-related artwork has been produced in Year 2 and some colourful Birds of Freedom are flying from the trees in the garden area, courtesy of Year 5.

The celebration of culture and the arts does not end here. The Cobb has been transformed into a stunning Art Gallery, with wire sculptures, beautiful watercolours, dream-catchers and a myriad of other wonderfully creative projects to be found within. It bears testament to hard work of Mrs McCullough, Mrs Gregory and the children in bringing this glorious collection together for us all to enjoy.

Artwork on display has included:

Fun kites by Reception children, who have enjoyed getting involved with their very first Arts Week.

Year 1 used paint to create some marvellous self-portraits as well as some colourful ‘Dream Catchers’ .

Inspired by Hundertwasser, Year 2 produced some stunning painted collages. Year 2 also produced some canal art castle paintings and paintings of narrow boats.

The children in Year 3 have produced Roman Mosaic paintings and mosaic tiles. After School Art Club were tasked with creating paintings that portray weather in art. Their moving umbrella pictures certainly met the brief! Year 3 also found the time to create Freedom Tote Bags; the children chose their own slogan words to write on these.

For the Spirit Birds produced by Year 4, the children took inspiration from a book by Jasbinder Bilan. The story is about a young Himalayan girl who goes in search of her Papa, guided by the spirit of her Grandmother. The children in Year 4 also put their creative writing skills to the test, writing about what education means to them. Year 4 even created bird drawings using water-colour pencils.

Year 5 collaborated on a large piece of artwork entitled Freedom. The artwork was commissioned by Bevere Gallery and will be displayed in their outdoor café space. Year 5 created some observational sketches of trainers using a range of mark-making techniques. The Dreams of Freedom pictures produced by Year 5 combined black and white photography with brightly coloured backdrops.

Year 6 created some coastal paintings in the style of John Piper.

Poetry Slam:

On Wednesday we enjoyed the inaugural King’s Hawford Poetry Slam. The children composed and performed their own original poems and staff were so impressed with the quality of their work. Mrs Phillips was tasked with judging the efforts of the Year 4 poets. A task she found virtually impossible, as the range of styles, vibrant imagery and star quality of the readers was overwhelming. Well done to the finalists in all age groups.

Grandparents’ Day

Arts Week concluded on Thursday and we were delighted to welcome the Grandparent element of our happy King’s Hawford community back to the School after a two-year hiatus. Our visitors were treated to two wonderful concerts, tours of the school and afternoon tea and cake in the sunshine. A special mention here must go to Mr Stigant, the supporting staff and the office team for ensuring that the afternoon ran smoothly and was such a huge success.

You can read a full review of the day here.