This week at Lambrook, we have celebrated all things creative.

During the lockdown period, our Lambrook pupils have shown creativity in so many areas while they have spent time at home; The Great Lambrook Bake Off, our weekly photography competition, music creations and performances, videos, art creations and much more – you can watch some of our creativity highlights from the past few months from our Assembly on Wednesday by clicking on the image below and watching from 6.03 minutes….

The creativity that all of the children have shown as they have embraced their work, presenting their ideas to their teachers and the rest of their class as well as adapting to new technologies, has certainly developed an enormous range of skills in our pupils which will give them all a great standing in the Creative Arts, but also in so many other areas of their future education and life beyond this.

Some of our Lambrook Staff have shared the ways in which they have been creative during lockdown:

At the start of Remote Learning Years 6 – 8 were tasked with the exciting project to create a Short Film. They worked through a number of stages, including scriptwriting, music/ sound effect creating and selection, prop and costume making and then finally filming and editing. The pupils learnt a huge amount in a short time and created some amazing short films. There was some excellent acting and scene-setting in live-action films and then clever animations using a great variety of different characters and objects from around the house. All of the teachers involved were extremely impressed with the effort and time that went into producing the films. It was great to see so many families getting involved and I hope everyone enjoyed the process of making their short films. Here’s just a few screen shots of some of the films. We will be able to share our favourite clips from these super films next week.

 

Each week during lockdown, we have been tasked with a ‘STEM Activity of the week’, led by our very own Head of Design and Technology Victoria Briggs.

We have made paddle boats, robotic hands, a shooter, a tin foil boat and even a balloon powered car and you can watch our most recent challenge – a catapult made out of pencils and elastic bands here:

Victoria Briggs writes, ‘Design & Technology gives young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology. They learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and to make creative use of a variety of resources including digital technologies, to improve the world around them. Design & Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. It is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.’

“Design and Technology is an essential part of today’s curriculum. Virtually everything you see, use and buy has been designed and made by an engineer, whether it is a chemical, mechanical, textiles, biological, civil or aeronautical engineer. Without Design and Technology in schools these valuable, creative and dynamic skills will be lost.” James Dyson

Our Head of Art, Jennifer French, shares why Art is so important for our children:

Art is ingrained in so many areas of our children’s lives and transcends language, culture, religion, race, identity, age and ability. More often than not, it is not just a picture – art can portray, beauty, design, thinking, understanding, truth, learning and so much more. The process of producing art can not only provide some escapism and relaxation, but it can also help bridge many gaps and can help us to connect with ourselves and others in the wider world. Art in its various forms can be used to communicate messages through fun, appealing, clever, funny, informative and sometimes, shocking ways.

Art also develops skills in our children, including, motor skills, language skills, processing skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and invention, to name but a few. Every career involves some form of art and we should therefore be encouraging our children to take every opportunity they can to enjoy and develop this form of creativity, in preparation for their future careers.

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