Berkeley Academy / Primary School - Summer Camp 2013

Headteacher & Director: Keviin Prunty Editor-in-chief: Jessica Joyce Graphic design: Enzo Gianvittorio Danese (Enzo GD)

Headteacher & Director: Keviin Prunty
Editor-in-chief: Jessica Joyce
Graphic design: Enzo Gianvittorio Danese (Enzo GD)


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<strong>Berkeley</strong><br />

<strong>Primary</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong><br />

<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

<strong>2013</strong> Review<br />

<strong>Berkeley</strong> <strong>Primary</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>School</strong> Project<br />

“Razzmatazz and All that Jazz” began its journey from<br />

a discussion with Executive Headteacher, Kevin Prunty<br />

in May <strong>2013</strong>. His vision was to provide an exciting and<br />

engaging summer programme to help children with the<br />

transition from one learning year to the next.<br />

There has been much discussion nationally about lost learning<br />

time during the summer holidays and how summer school<br />

programmes can help stimulate<br />

learning through “other”<br />

activities outside of the<br />

traditional classroom<br />

context. With this in<br />

mind, I was set the challenge to<br />

create an original programme<br />

to capture the imagination<br />

of pupils in years 4 and<br />

5 and to help them<br />

avoid potential<br />

lost learning<br />

time through<br />

the summer<br />

break.<br />

“Doing<br />

a dance routine,<br />

making your own<br />

choreography, learning<br />

to chest pop, krump,<br />

and the “Thriller Zombie”<br />

dance was really fun”.

A key focus of the <strong>Summer</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong>, jointly funded by<br />

<strong>Berkeley</strong> <strong>Primary</strong> <strong>School</strong> and<br />

Cranford Community College,<br />

was literacy and numeracy.<br />

Mr Prunty saw this as a great<br />

opportunity to continue developing<br />

these fundamental skills but through<br />

a non-traditional format.<br />

Working collaboratively<br />

with some amazing arts<br />

practitioners from the world<br />

of dance, theatre, music,<br />

visual arts and education, we<br />

devised a multi-arts programme<br />

to run for 4 weeks from the start of the<br />

summer holidays through to the middle<br />

of August. Working as 4 groups, fire,<br />

air, earth and water, each group spent one<br />

week learning arts specific skills in each<br />

arts specialism, whilst improving literacy<br />

and numeracy. Every Friday, all the<br />

groups came together and performed/<br />

shared through a workshop forum,<br />

what they had learnt. Each new week,<br />

the children took their prior learning<br />

and applied these new skills into the<br />

next arts specialism.<br />

“It was a great<br />

experience creating a<br />

drama script, practising for<br />

our performance and acting on<br />

the stage. We have learnt to face<br />

the audience when speaking, focus<br />

when acting; you need expression<br />

when acting”.<br />

“It was very useful learning to<br />

count and keep in time. I’ve<br />

learnt how a drum kit works<br />

and how electric guitars<br />

work”.<br />

By the end of the first week, there was<br />

a wealth of original material produced<br />

by the children which we could use to<br />

create a final performance piece. By<br />

the end of the third week we had so<br />

much amazing work from the children<br />

it was difficult to decide what to<br />

leave out and what should be drawn<br />

together into a complete storyline for<br />

a performance to parents and <strong>Berkeley</strong><br />

staff on the final Friday.

The learning process was a<br />

real journey of discovery, not<br />

just for the children but for the<br />

staff as well. The storyline was<br />

organic, making the learning even<br />

more exciting. By the end of week<br />

one, the children had begun to drive<br />

a storyline with an Island theme as the<br />

main hook for all the creative work<br />

which followed stimulating<br />

song writing, storytelling,<br />

dance routines, props and<br />

scenery for the characters<br />

to tell their story. From this<br />

hook came more adventurous<br />

journeys involving ship wrecks,<br />

an aeroplane crash, fire and water<br />

tribes, islands made of sweets<br />

and food. There is a Baboon in<br />

the moon, who steals<br />

the stars until<br />

the warring tribes<br />

learn to live in<br />

harmony and a<br />

wishing tree<br />

that can grant<br />

one wish to a<br />

deserving person.<br />

The story had a<br />

moral, a purpose and<br />

a message.<br />

“I<br />

really liked<br />

learning to make new<br />

decorations and adding<br />

different materials for<br />

design. I enjoyed a lot<br />

Mixing colours, designing<br />

and making something<br />

realistic”.<br />

At the start of week 4 they worked in their final<br />

arts specialism and then we gave the children a<br />

choice as to which arts specialism they wished<br />

to work in to create the performance. It didn’t<br />

take them long to have the plot sorted and for the<br />

final few days the whole group came together<br />

to form a <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>School</strong> Theatre Company.<br />

The performance was amazing. You could feel<br />

the excitement and pride from the children and<br />

the arts practitioners performing together this<br />

original piece of musical theatre written, devised<br />

and performed by them; the culmination of four<br />

weeks work. You could feel this sense of pride<br />

from the staff and parents who attended the<br />

performance, amazed by the quality and talent<br />

before them.

There is no doubt this<br />

summer school project<br />

achieved what it set out to<br />

achieve and more. It not only<br />

helped to improve literacy and<br />

numeracy but it developed the<br />

children’s social and life skills<br />

too; self-confidence, creativity,<br />

imagination, self-discipline,<br />

spatial awareness, team<br />

work, communication<br />

and so much more. They<br />

learnt, the history and<br />

facts of famous artists and<br />

performers, technical theatre<br />

terms, dance and music genres,<br />

how to make dance videos, (every<br />

group made one), cultural influences<br />

in the arts and the language of the<br />

arts and they got to learn all this<br />

from arts experts very talented in<br />

their chosen field.<br />

Watching the children grow in confidence,<br />

individually and collectively was inspiring.<br />

The whole experience seemed to transform<br />

them. Many parents commented on the<br />

change they had seen in their child<br />

during the process and hoped the<br />

same opportunity would be<br />

available for their younger<br />

children in the future.<br />

I am looking forward to<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>School</strong> 2014.<br />

Jessica Joyce<br />

(<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>School</strong> Organiser)<br />

“It<br />

helped<br />

build my<br />

imagination,<br />

because you learn<br />

while having fun”.<br />

“<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>School</strong> is the best,<br />

it was a fun place to learn. It’s<br />

a great opportunity for other<br />

kids out there”.

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