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.


St Saviour’s Primary School & the Isle of Wight Music Hub create ‘space’ for music…

A Case Study from the Isle of Wight Music Hub

Pupils explore creating music with iPads

This term the Isle of Wight Music Hub were delighted to work with St Saviours Catholic Primary School in Totland on a very special music project composing music for The Great Light and Dark Show one of four art commissions for Lift the Lid, led by artist Julie Myers.

The Music Hub challenged Pupils in Years 5 and 6 to compose some original music to underscore the event with themes of space and an exploration of ‘dark’ and ‘light’ within that. The Hub provided two curriculum specialist workshop leaders to run a day of activities composing music using iPads for this. In the morning session students used the iPad app Garage Band to create mysterious soundscapes depicting the infinite darkness of space before the ‘Big Bang’ took place. Students worked in groups using a mixture of iPads and real percussion instruments facilitated by workshop leaders. The music was then played live in groups and as a whole ensemble and recorded. In the afternoon session we continued to use the iPads with some additional music-making apps such as Launchpad to create the chaos and explosion of light that happened in space after the ‘Big Bang’. The recordings that were taken on the day were then passed on to be played at The Great Light and Dark Show on Saturday 22 June alongside some students from the school also performing their original compositions live.

St Saviours had not previously used technology in this way and were extremely impressed with the versatility of the iPads as a tool for music making.  Although the hub provided the iPads for this project the school had a number of their own and while in situ we were able to help teachers to download the apps we were using on the day and give them a little training on how to continue using them in this way for music-making in the future.  The pupils also found it particularly engaging to write music in this way and the outcomes and recordings from this session really were fantastically evocative of space.

Pupils perform live at the Great Light and Dark Show in Totland.

The Great Light and Dark Show in Totland was one of four art commissions for Lift the Lid and was presented as an afternoon of art, science, local history and fun with presentations by numerous island science, arts and community groups alongside ourselves and the school.  This was a great example of how partnership working can benefit schools by enhancing their music provision as well as linking them to their local community organisations.

Nia Collins IOW Music Hub Relationship Manager

“This was a wonderful project and a good example of how the hub likes to tailor our music provision to each school based on their specific needs.  Not only were the musical outcomes of such high quality but we were also able to build in some CPD for staff at the school helping to ensure legacy from this project”

Lift the Lid would like to thank both the Isle of Wight Music Hub and St Saviour’s Primary for their help in making The Great Light and Dark Show a success.