Our Year 5 pupils have had a busy week, not only have they been working hard in the classroom they have also found time for a couple of offsite trips. On Wednesday pupils headed out to Blists Hill where they were transported back to the Victorian era and on Thursday Year 5 finally got to enjoy a performance of The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome.
It was with great excitement that Year 5 pupils boarded a coach on Wednesday and travelled to Blists Hill Victorian Village in Telford. The trip was part of Year 5’s Victorian Britain topic and the pupils were eager to explore and have their learning brought to life. During their visit pupils enjoyed a visit to a Victorian classroom, a guided tour of the museum and the opportunity to visit a Victorian High Street. There were also demonstrations of Industrial manufacturing methods and an insight into the history of the printing press.
On Thursday it was back onto the coach, this time for a trip to central Birmingham to watch the Royal Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the Hippodrome. The trip had previously been planned for last academic year but due to COVID had been postponed for a whole year. Pupils and staff were delighted that the trip was able to go ahead. The story of the Nutcracker has been a focus for Year 5 this half of term and pupils have enjoyed reading the story. In their music lessons they have also been exploring the music of The Nutcracker. It was therefore a real treat to see it all come to life on stage.
The performance did not disappoint and all of the children were spellbound by the beautiful telling of the traditional story. Many of the pupils agreed that it was definitely worth the wait. Year 5 pupil Freddie commented that the show was “really good, the dancers were fascinating and graceful”. Michelle, from Year 5, agreed saying “the sugar plum fairies pas de deux was incredibly graceful – that was definitely my favourite part”.
On the coach on the way back to school the pupils kept themselves entertained with a Nutcracker themed quiz! On Friday Year 5 have spent time looking at some of the dance moves from the performance and have had a lot of fun recreating the Russian Dance and the Chinese Dance in their dance lessons with Mrs O’Brien. It is wonderful to see how live performance has inspired so many of our pupils. Well done Year 5 on a busy and productive week.