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Sidegate Primary celebrates the Arts

Ipswich-based Sidegate Primary School, which is part of the Active Learning Trust, hosted its third annual Arts Festival last week.

Sidegate Primary School has embedded arts across their curriculum. The Arts Festival champions and raises awareness of the importance of learning through art as part of a well-rounded education. The Mayor of Ipswich attended the festival alongside MP Sandy Martin, local teachers and other representatives from the arts.

Pictured, top of page, Year 4 made giant puppets, masks and tie-dye t-shirts as part of their Brazil topic to use in their celebratory Samba dancing.

Jane Ryder, Arts Lead at Sidegate Primary School, commented “The Arts Festival was a huge success as we celebrated the arts that have taken place across the school over the past year. Music, dance, drama and art filled the school. Throughout the day, children participated in workshops led by artists, parents and arts organisations, as well as performing for the large audience. Year six stewards did an impressive job of showing guests around and two of our Year six girls even led workshops!

“Visitors were enthralled by the creativity that was demonstrated by every year group, either through their performance, classwork or ‘gallery’ space.  The Arts Festival showcased that at Sidegate we provide the chance for every child to explore learning through the arts. We encourage them to seize the opportunities.

Children used printmaking to recreate images inspired by paintings by Thomas Gainsborough- workshop led by Gainsborough House

“As a school, we place importance on providing a curriculum with breadth and depth as a priority. The arts allows students to explore their talents and find new ways to express themselves. It is also key for their development and provides each and every one of our pupils with a voice, allowing them to access new opportunities and helping to build their confidence and resilience.

“In a climate where funding is being cut, sourcing creative ways to enable children to work with arts experts is a continual challenge but one which we strive to maintain.”

The continued success at Sidegate Primary School correlates with the focus on artistic subjects, as well as sports. This is demonstrated through the many opportunities which are provided across the curriculum.

Jane added: “I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who helped make the Arts Festival possible including students, staff, parents and art organisations who performed, attended and held workshops. We are already looking forward to next year.”

Nine artists and a range of arts organisations attended the event and ran workshops throughout the day which included Morris dancing, Rangoli designs, Lego and stained-glass workshops.

To find out more about Sidegate Primary School, please visit www.sidegate.net

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