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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Summer School

2013 Review

Berkeley Primary School Summer School Project

“Razzmatazz and All that Jazz” began its journey from

a discussion with Executive Headteacher, Kevin Prunty

in May 2013. His vision was to provide an exciting and

engaging summer programme to help children with the

transition from one learning year to the next.

There has been much discussion nationally about lost learning

time during the summer holidays and how summer school

programmes can help stimulate

learning through “other”

activities outside of the

traditional classroom

context. With this in

mind, I was set the challenge to

create an original programme

to capture the imagination

of pupils in years 4 and

5 and to help them

avoid potential

lost learning

time through

the summer



a dance routine,

making your own

choreography, learning

to chest pop, krump,

and the “Thriller Zombie”

dance was really fun”.

A key focus of the Summer

School, jointly funded by

Berkeley Primary School and

Cranford Community College,

was literacy and numeracy.

Mr Prunty saw this as a great

opportunity to continue developing

these fundamental skills but through

a non-traditional format.

Working collaboratively

with some amazing arts

practitioners from the world

of dance, theatre, music,

visual arts and education, we

devised a multi-arts programme

to run for 4 weeks from the start of the

summer holidays through to the middle

of August. Working as 4 groups, fire,

air, earth and water, each group spent one

week learning arts specific skills in each

arts specialism, whilst improving literacy

and numeracy. Every Friday, all the

groups came together and performed/

shared through a workshop forum,

what they had learnt. Each new week,

the children took their prior learning

and applied these new skills into the

next arts specialism.

“It was a great

experience creating a

drama script, practising for

our performance and acting on

the stage. We have learnt to face

the audience when speaking, focus

when acting; you need expression

when acting”.

“It was very useful learning to

count and keep in time. I’ve

learnt how a drum kit works

and how electric guitars


By the end of the first week, there was

a wealth of original material produced

by the children which we could use to

create a final performance piece. By

the end of the third week we had so

much amazing work from the children

it was difficult to decide what to

leave out and what should be drawn

together into a complete storyline for

a performance to parents and Berkeley

staff on the final Friday.

The learning process was a

real journey of discovery, not

just for the children but for the

staff as well. The storyline was

organic, making the learning even

more exciting. By the end of week

one, the children had begun to drive

a storyline with an Island theme as the

main hook for all the creative work

which followed stimulating

song writing, storytelling,

dance routines, props and

scenery for the characters

to tell their story. From this

hook came more adventurous

journeys involving ship wrecks,

an aeroplane crash, fire and water

tribes, islands made of sweets

and food. There is a Baboon in

the moon, who steals

the stars until

the warring tribes

learn to live in

harmony and a

wishing tree

that can grant

one wish to a

deserving person.

The story had a

moral, a purpose and

a message.


really liked

learning to make new

decorations and adding

different materials for

design. I enjoyed a lot

Mixing colours, designing

and making something


At the start of week 4 they worked in their final

arts specialism and then we gave the children a

choice as to which arts specialism they wished

to work in to create the performance. It didn’t

take them long to have the plot sorted and for the

final few days the whole group came together

to form a Summer School Theatre Company.

The performance was amazing. You could feel

the excitement and pride from the children and

the arts practitioners performing together this

original piece of musical theatre written, devised

and performed by them; the culmination of four

weeks work. You could feel this sense of pride

from the staff and parents who attended the

performance, amazed by the quality and talent

before them.

There is no doubt this

summer school project

achieved what it set out to

achieve and more. It not only

helped to improve literacy and

numeracy but it developed the

children’s social and life skills

too; self-confidence, creativity,

imagination, self-discipline,

spatial awareness, team

work, communication

and so much more. They

learnt, the history and

facts of famous artists and

performers, technical theatre

terms, dance and music genres,

how to make dance videos, (every

group made one), cultural influences

in the arts and the language of the

arts and they got to learn all this

from arts experts very talented in

their chosen field.

Watching the children grow in confidence,

individually and collectively was inspiring.

The whole experience seemed to transform

them. Many parents commented on the

change they had seen in their child

during the process and hoped the

same opportunity would be

available for their younger

children in the future.

I am looking forward to

Summer School 2014.

Jessica Joyce

(Summer School Organiser)



build my


because you learn

while having fun”.

Summer School is the best,

it was a fun place to learn. It’s

a great opportunity for other

kids out there”.

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