Teacher Newsletter

IWCEP Teachers News: February 2021

Welcome to the Spring edition of the newsletter from the Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership (IWCEP).

Family fun with Isle of Wight Heritage Services

We as a partnership of education, arts and heritage organisations just wanted to show our solidarity with you, and let you know that we are incredibly proud of all the hard work you are putting in to keep our Island’s children and young people educated and cared for.

We appreciate that you are so busy right now but we hope that even a newsletter from us, your friends, can help reassure you that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that we are still planning for visits and fun activities and workshops when it is safe to do so!

It’s still our aim to help you find activities and events which will lighten the mood and help you connect with people through creativity in this time of uncertainty and change. So scroll down, take a minute to relax and think about what might be possible…

The Isle of Wight Museums and Schools Programme

Find out more about the work of the Isle of Wight Museums and Schools team here. We are currently developing exciting museum resources that will support learning whilst visits to our museums are not possible. We are also working with the Earth Museum, developing new KS2 and KS3 cross curricular learning resources. Four key curriculum-based themes have been identified: Isle of Wight before 1066, Isle of Wight in the C18th and C19th, Science Innovators and Inventors and Global Connections. To discover a little more about this project and get involved please visit the Earth Museum – Museums and Schools project.

And if you might be interested in helping us test the resources please get in touch at enquiries@theearthmuseum.co.uk

For more information about the Isle of Wight Museums and Schools programme  please contact Heritage Service Manager – Richard Smout (richard.smout@iow.gov.uk)

The Museums and Schools programme is supported by Arts Council England, funded through the Department of Education.

Join us for the second sensational IW Story Festival on the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th February 2021. We have lined up some great authors, stunning performances, and engaging activities for children and families to enjoy and it’s perfectly Covid safe, as it is all online.  Not only that, it’s all free! You can access all the talks, performances,  and activities through the website www.iwstoryfestival.com or find us on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Download this Word doc for your parent newsletters!

IOW Music Hub has lots of projects to get involved with alongside our usual free CPD programme for teachers.

Ensembles Consultation for Young People Let young people have their say in what the offer looks like for playing together across the island.  Please share this survey as widely as possible! http://www.iowmusichub.org/ensembles-consultation

Big 10 Minute Sign & Sing (EYFS – KS3 & SEND) learn Makaton signs to your favourite pop songs, new content every Monday.  Get involved in a national event this term and send us your videos with a live premiere and online workshop on Monday 29th March 2021 https://www.southamptonmusichub.org/big10

ETO Sshh… We Have a Plan (KS1) Watch this charming opera & puppetry performance for little ones and get creative with a musical soundscapes workshop (video content, powerpoint, suitable for home learning and non-music specialists)

Sandro Granda Afro-Peruvian Rhythms (KS2 & KS3) Learn about Afro Peruvian Rhythms and instruments and have a go at putting some of them together (video content, powerpoint, suitable for home learning and non-music specialists)

An Audience With… (KS3, KS4 & KS5) Short videos from Music Industry professionals talking about their roles and pose your own questions which will be answered via our YouTube channel

Strictly Come Play – Virtual Ensemble (KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5) Missing playing together in school?  Don’t have time to put together a digital performance?  No problem we’ll do that for you!  Sign up for access to a very flexible arrangement suitable from grade 1 upwards.  Pupils can send us videos of their parts from home, school or wherever and we will stitch together a digital performance to premiere on our YouTube channel

Curriculum Newsletters (KS1 & KS2) Struggling to plan online music content in-school or for home learning?  Sign up for our weekly curriculum newsletter.  You will receive a new resource Powerpoint every Monday covering the national curriculum (one for KS1 and one for KS2)

Sign up for all via http://www.iowmusichub.org/

OFF THE RAILS Online Exhibition  Running till 20th March 2020 at Quay Arts

In our latest exhibition, OFF THE RAILS, we have partnered with Isle of Wight Steam Railway to celebrate their 50th anniversary moving from Newport to Havenstreet, by showing artefacts, signs and memorabilia from their collection, related objects and artworks from the IW Heritage Service Collection, AJ Wells & Sons, as well as a series of artist’s and school’s response work. We had hoped to install this exhibition in our West Gallery and open to the public in early January, but due to the new lockdown restrictions, we have digitised the works and brought the exhibition to life online! OFF THE RAILS Online Exhibition | (quayarts.org)

PATTERN: Home Art Activity with Hannah George

The wonderful Hannah George has created a fantastic art activity and filmed a tutorial for you to follow at home. Suitable for all ages, it’s the perfect activity to keep you occupied during lockdown. Download the templates at quayarts.org to print at home or to get some ideas on what patterns to do!

PATTERN: Home Art Activity with Hannah George | (quayarts.org)

Looking Out From Lockdown is an Island-wide project celebrating the creativity of Island people during lockdown, both in 2020, and again now in 2021. In collaboration with Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Susie Sheldon, local arts for wellbeing charity Independent Arts is offering people the chance to exhibit their lockdown creations, be it painting, photographs, poetry, music, speech, pottery, writing, crafts, projects, inventions, baking, gardening or anything else creative completed to keep spirits up during lockdown. Read more in the press release.

Islesolation Gallery Two new exhibitions were curated by Yr 4 pupils from Lanesend School, Cowes. Pupils learned about the French Impressionist painter; Claude Monet and native American artist; Rick Bartow and responded to the work with their own paintings. These can be veiwed on the Islesolation Gallery.

Read more about the Care home creative Box delivery programme – School Ties.

Training from our local Bridge Organisation: ARTSWORK

Support Sessions for Artsmark Schools:

The following sessions are designed to help you with your Artsmark journey:

Statement of Impact Interactive Support Session –  Weds 3rd February 2021

Evidencing Impact Support Session –  Mon 8th March 2021 

Further details and booking through Eventbrite for all opportunities on our website  at:  

We look forward to seeing you in a Zoom, very soon!  If you have any questions or anything you would like to discuss you can contact me at:    LorraineCheshire@artswork.org.uk

Best wishes,


Education Development Manager Artswork for Hampshire; IOW Southampton and Portsmouth

The Isle of Wight Mardi Gras is the Island’s, if not the UK’s, largest and most inclusive Carnival in Education project. Our parade takes place every last Saturday in June, on the streets of Ryde. Over 1000 children and young people take part every year. 

For 2021, as a result of the pandemic, we are now making plans for new and alternative ways for groups to take part and present their costumes and carnival dance to the widest possible audience.

We would like to invite both new and regular participating schools to come along to our special digital Mardi Gras 2021 launch event on Wednesday 10 February at 6 to 7.30pm. There will be short presentations, guest speakers and an informal Q&A. You must pre-register with us to get the event link. Facebook pm us, or mail us at info@thenewcarnivalcompany.com  

Read the New Carnival Company’s own newsletter here.

Something for families…

Did you see this at Mottistone Manor in December? If not, there is now a digital version available.

A short teaser is available for you to view here. The whole production is absolutely magical and I highly recommend the digital version if your class are learning about fairy stories – you could share this link with parents:  https://www.greengageventures.com/product/forest-fables-mottistone

A magical theatrical show,  families embark on a journey of discovery by following an enchanted route through the unseen rooms of Mottistone Manor to learn about the hidden forces at work within nature. Stories told of the tree roots, of majestic forests and landscapes and the creatures who serve them are designed to inspire each child to become a custodian of the land. You’ll come across captivating, clever and curious creatures ready to impart their tales in this promenade piece of festive theatre.


That’s all for now folks!

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