At Gateway School we know how to finish our half term on a high! Once again the fabulous team here have planned and delivered another impressive Take One Picture Week. This annual project is masterminded by the art team and Mrs Mock has come up with yet another creative way to unveil the picture to the pupils. This year our focus has been the picture by an American artist, George Bellows, called Men of the Docks.
Led by the interests and questions from the children, the staff planned multidisciplinary challenges for the children to enjoy. This week in the classrooms we have seen a variety of inspiring learning activities going on, with highly engaged children loving the different focus for the week.
This project is an excellent example of the engaging and inspiring curriculum that the children at Gateway benefit from. As I reminded them all in Monday’s assembly, the week would provide the opportunity for them to think about all of their ASPIRE values and to consider how they have been challenged in every area. They have individually and collectively achieved a great variety of activities inspired by the painting - from striving to complete the often open-ended tasks, to participating in different groups and adopting different ways to achieve the tasks.
The week has enabled the children to complete investigative work, researching the picture, the period in History, as well as looking at the design of large ships and tall skyscrapers. The children have all shown respect for the people of the era, particularly the tough times endured by ‘the men of the docks’, and they have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from this different focus to their learning for the week.
A great selection of the cross-curricular work from across the school will be displayed in the School Hall on Friday 8th March and parents are warmly invited to come and enjoy the exhibition from 3pm until 6pm that afternoon. Your children will be very proud and excited to tour you around the exhibition and I am sure you will be impressed by the depth of their knowledge and enthusiasm for this project.
Happy Half Term, everyone!