IWCEP Teachers News: November 2020

Welcome to the Winter edition of the newsletter from the Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership (IWCEP).
Another lockdown, but not for schools – we know that you are very much ‘Back to Business’ with added pressure to ensure that your schools are Covid Secure. We are also aware of the concern over the mental health of your pupils, staff and school community.

It’s 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.


Isle of Wight Heritage Service

Explore the history of time with a new investigation from the Isle of Wight Heritage Service. The online activity pack shows you how to make your own water clock and sun dial, you can also explore some of the clocks in the Council’s collection. Explore the activities for families here.

Ryde Time Machine – Travel back in time and explore what Ryde looked like over 100 years ago. Can you recognise some of the buildings? Why is there a tank by the boating lake? Explore the photographs of Ryde photographer William Robert Hogg in this new online exhibition from the Isle of Wight Heritage Service. Visit the exhibition here.

Contact – Corina Westwood, corina.westwood@iow.gov.uk  01983 823433


IOW Music Hub has two fantastic new projects this half term to get involved with alongside our usual free CPD programme for teachers.

Learning Heroes Songwriting Project (KS2+ & SEND) write some lyrics for your very own version of this Growth Mindset song.  Sign up via http://www.iowmusichub.org/

10 Minute Sign & Sing (EYFS – KS3 & SEND) learn Makaton signs to your favourite pop songs, new content every Monday:

https://www.southamptonmusichub.org/songbank


We have some fabulous Christmas stocking filler craft and making workshops on our YouTube site suitable for families and schools. Great ideas for a home made Christmas. 

If your children enjoy a Christmas tale head to our YouTube storytelling playlist (available from the beginning of December) for recorded episodes of The Box of Delights by John Masefield: Kay Harker is on the train home for the Christmas holidays where he meets a mysterious Punch and Judy man who entrusts him with an important job. This leads him into a world of festive magic and wonder!


News from our local Bridge Organisation: ARTSWORK

Hello from Artswork, your South East Arts Council Bridge Organisation.  I hope your term is going well in spite of all the challenges – you are all doing a magnificent job!  Just wanted to update you on some great opportunities we have on offer for schools over the next few months.

The 2nd CPDL Session on our DfE programme  – Save the Date!

Open to all teachers, this free event on the theme of ‘Creative Approaches to Transitions’ will take place by Zoom on Wednesday 20th January from 3.00 – 5.00pm.  You will have an opportunity to hear from our Keynote speaker and schools about:

  • why Transitions matter? 
  • how arts, culture and creativity can support pupils through them?
  • successful models of practice at all key stages?
  • an opportunity to discuss and share ideas in break out room

We will be looking at Transition from early years to year 11.

This event will be live on our website in the next couple of weeks for booking through Eventbrite. There are only 40 places, so don’t delay!

Support Sessions for Artsmark Schools:

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

Statement of Commitment Interactive Support Session –  Weds 9th December on Zoom

Statement of Impact Interactive Support Session –  Tues 17th November and Weds 3rd February 2021

Evidencing Impact Support Session –  Mon 16th November and  Mon 8th March 2021 

Using the Planning Model to Support your Journey –  Tuesday 1st December

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,

Lorraine 

Education Development Manager Artswork for Hampshire; IOW Southampton and Portsmouth


Something for families…

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.

Tickets at www.forestfables.co.uk

Download the poster for your own newsletters here.


That’s all for now folks!

We wish you a very happy Christmas and wonderful New Year.


Inspiring! Curriculum Conference 2019

Pupils from Gurnard Primary School opened the Conference with a performance from ‘Matilda’

Only a few times in life have I wanted to capture the atmosphere in a room and bottle it. On Friday 11 October 2019 at Oakfield CE Primary School, I had that feeling, at the Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership’s Curriculum Conference.

The words ‘inspiring’ and ‘buzzing’ were heard in the corridors and I knew we had achieved a great experience and quality CPD for all the teachers that had attended. With over 50 teachers representing 25 Island schools, and around 15 arts and heritage organisations, the day was a huge success.

The day was launched by children from Gurnard Primary School with a confident and professional performance of extracts from ‘Matilda The Musical’ – a piece they had rehearsed with professionals from Royal Shakespeare Company and The Mayflower Theatre as part of a recent collaboration. This set the scene for a full day of in-depth CPD facilitated by renowned educationalist, Professor Mick Waters who led attendees on an engaging journey of exploration into how arts, heritage or cultural experiences can lead to deep, embedded learning that richly enhances pupil outcomes.

Professor Mick Waters inspired, engaged and entertained in equal measure

Other speakers during the day included The Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Paul Brading, who spoke with passion about the Island’s unique cultural offer and the great opportunity it offers to local schools.

Teachers chose from a range of short, impactful workshops on topics including: curriculum design, STEM to STEAM, Artsmark and Arts Award.  Throughout the day, participants had access to information exchange and networking via a marketplace showcasing the work of Isle of Wight schools and cultural and heritage organisations. 

The event was brought to a close with a thoughtful summary of key themes from Arts Council England’s South West Relationship Manager for Children and Young People, Rajni Patel. 

One teacher who attended commented

“Thank you so much. Everyone is buzzing. This is just what we needed.”

Gallery of images from the event:

If you would like a copy of particular presentations, please get in touch.

Available here:

Written by Lucy Marder (Artswork) in collaboration with Sarah Girling

First Artists Commission – Phlegm!

The very first artists commission has been created as part of the Lift the Lid project, during Ventnor Fringe 2018. On the main road into Ventnor, keep your eyes peeled for the three-storey high mural, sprayed on the side on a building.

What is it? Who is he? The Ventnor Giant… a new legend perhaps? We think that there is a story to tell here!

A short video of the creation by Glasshouse productions can be seen above.

Read more about Phlegm’s mural for the Ventnor Fringe 2018.

Photographs by Julian Winslow.

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Phlegm’s mural, the Ventnor Giant

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The Ventnor Giant by Phlegm

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Phlegm’s Ventnor Giant