Dear Parents and Carers

We have been very fortunate to secure a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to organise a whole school showcase event called Takersles Celeratio of the World hih ill take plae on Thursda 13th July 2017. Further details will be available nearer the time but as part of the preparations for this event we are organising a number of different activities in the upcoming weeks.

Next Monday, 15th May, poet Paul Cookson, will be visiting our school and working with the pupils. There will be a special assembly and each class will take part in a poetry writing workshop with the artist.
Mr Cookson will also hold a book signing session in the school hall from 3.30 – 4 pm where there will be an opportunity for parents and carers to meet him. His comics priced £1 and collections of his poems prized £5 or £6 will be available for purchase should you wish to do so.

On Tuesday 16th May the pupils will have an opportunity to work with a professional dance teacher and rehearse some dance moves for their performance which they will share with the audience at the event. The dance workshop will take place during their timetabled music lesson.

Starting from next week we will also have a new after school ukulele club for parents, carers and pupils. It will run up until the event every Tuesday from 3.30 – 4.30 pm and will be free of charge. We would like to encourage you to come and try it and learn a new skill. You can bring your own ukulele or borrow one from school. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis so if you are interested in taking part, please complete the reply slip below and hand it to the office.

We are hoping to make our celebration event really successful and memorable and would like to invite parents to be part of it i differet as. If ou ould like to e ioled ou a fid out ore at the et Frieds of Takersley School’ eetig which will be held this Friday 12th May 2017 at 9am in the ICT suite.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yvette Cooper
Music and global learning co-ordinator

Showcase May 17

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Class 3 – action in art.

Class 3 have been inspired by their lesson today in art, where we have looked at ‘action in art’. The children have looked at an action and have sketched each individual movement. This has inspired them to create a video showing their interpretation of slow motion movements.

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Sculpture Workshop

The Y6 class have been busy taking part in a sculpture workshop. Neil Wood, a professional artist came into school to give the children the opportunity to develop 3D skills and techniques and to produce great art work. They produced original press mould designs in clay using a variety of tools and objects. The designs were then cast in plaster ready to be varnished and displayed in the school entrance.


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Celebrating Christmas with music in our school

It’s been a busy very last week of the term for the choir and the musicians in our school. On Sunday it was the Christingle service at Tankersley Welfare Hall and the choir pupils performed 2 songs at this lovely family event annually organise by the local church. On Monday we visited the local residential home at Glebe Court to bring some festive cheer to the residents. We then continued with the carol singing at the Hoyland Common Co-op and many of our parents came to support us. The Community Christmas concert was held in the school hall on Tuesday night and we were treated to performances of Christmas music on a variety of instruments including the flute, clarinet, recorder, violin, guitar, piano and ukulele. The children’s choir and a special staff and parents’ choir sang too and it was a fantastic evening. We definitealy have some very talented pupils, teachers and parents in our school. On Wednesday we all walked up to Tankersley St Peter’s Church to take part in the Christmas service. We listened to the readings of the Christmas story and celebrated the birth of Jesus with singing many popular carols including Away in a Manger, Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Once in Royal David’s City and O Come All Ye Faithful. We finished the week with carol singing in the school playground with all our families. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.

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Our new ukuleles!

We were very fortunate to receive a grant from the EMI Sound foundation to purchase a class set of ukuleles. The Y3 class have been busy learning to play them and they are great fun!! The pupils have been rehearsing a piece for the Community Christmas concert and we are all looking forward to the performance.

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