Friday 15th January 2021
This week sees the start of an exciting and innovative project in partnership with Unicorn Theatre: the UK’s theatre for young audiences.
As you know, at Anson we value the dramatic arts highly and encourage the children to perform on our stage, work with professionals in the industry and have opportunities to make an impact using their pupil voice.
Hot on the heals of a month celebrating the performing arts in our Anson Advent Calendar, we are beginning 2021 working alongside the Unicorn Theatre to support them in bringing a new play to the stage later in the year. The play focuses around a young boy who loves nature.
“Marvin secretly loves finding all the birds, bugs and animals that live in the parks around his London home. On his ninth birthday he's overjoyed - his very own binoculars! But then something terrible happens - he loses them and must face the fearsome park warden, Mrs Smythe.
Marvin's Binoculars is a story about growing up, standing up for who you are. It's a chance to see the joys of the green spaces that are all around us, and the wildlife that thrives even in the most unlikely of places. Created and directed by Justin Audibert, the Unicorn's Artistic Director, this promises to be an adventureful, joyful and inspiring show.As part of the themes of urban wildlife and conservation, the partnership will see the children of Anson as co-creators who will help the director, actors, set designers and crew to shape the play, the characters and the scenes.”
As part of the themes of urban wildlife and conservation, the partnership will see the children of Anson as co-creators who will help the director, actors, set designers and crew to shape the play, the characters and the scenes.
To make this happen, 20 children will be chosen to work directly with the team at the Unicorn. Through a video platform like Zoom they will take part in workshops to try and inspire them to share their thoughts on how the play should come together. However, as a school with far more than 20 children who are in a position to give their views, creativity and ideas, every session will be recorded and shared through Seesaw and Google Classroom so that everyone can watch, take part and complete the post session work. This means that literally anyone at Anson could be the final chosen artist for costumes, set design or character development.
So, how do you get involved?
If you are a parent of one of the 20 children being asked to take part in the session then you will receive a text message with a link to a Google Form. This will be your permission slip for your child to take part. There will be ten online sessions over the next four weeks and the children must be able to attend every session. If you have Zoom, a safe place for them to work and are happy for them to be part of the project then sign up.
For everyone else, from Monday 25th January you will begin to see the work, tasks, challenges and sessions videos appearing in Google Classroom and Seesaw. Using the tasks, when you have ideas, creative thoughts or inspiration you can share them with your teachers. All the work will then be handed over to the Unicorn team to help them develop Marvin’s Binoculars.
We think this is a great opportunity for everyone at Anson to really support the theatre, develop their understanding of what it takes to create a play and be part of something online that will pull everyone together at a time when we are so far apart. Furthermore, when the play is performed in the summer, Anson will get a chance to see it and find out which of our ideas made it into the final version of the play.
ONLINE RECORDER SESSION WITH ATTUNE
Announcing a new lockdown special! Online recorder sessions to spread some much needed musical cheer!
The team at the Brent Music Service have devised an after-school programme with their resident recorder specialist Steffi Dykes for parents and children to learn recorder together in group Zoom sessions.
They would like as many children as possible to take part in this initiative and hope that it will be a fun way to get parents involved in their child’s musical learning.
The team have sessions for complete beginners as well as “improvers” and can cater for children in Years 2-6. Classes start on 1st Feb and the deadline to sign up is 27th Jan.
All of the information is on the following website: https://sites.google.com/view/bmsinformation/attune-recorders
In a normal year over 7,000 children learn to play the recorder in Brent. Let’s see how many families at Anson we can get involved!
THE BIG ANSON GARDEN BIRDWATCH 2021
Can you spare one hour to look in your garden, from a window or in your local park for one hour between 29th and 31st January?
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is taking place over the weekend of the 29th January and Mr Clargo has setup a really easy way for everyone at Anson to take part during lockdown. On Google Classroom and Seesaw you will be able to access a Google Form to share which birds you see.
Only those birds that land, not those flying over, will count in the survey. You will count the number birds you see at any one time. Then simply enter the number on the Google Form. The more people who tell us what they saw, the better picture RSPB will have of how garden birds are doing. And, even if you see nothing, your results still count. This is the world's largest wildlife survey. Scientific surveys like this are important to help conservationists understand changes in populations and prioritise interventions where they are necessary.
The results from the whole of the UK will be announced in April 2021.
As an extra treat we are also including links to Let’s Go Live in Google Classroom and Seesaw. The very first episode was all about birds and ways you can encourage them to come in to your garden in time for the Big Garden Birdwatch.
HELPING YOUR CHIILD WITH VIDEO MANNERS
This week has seen more children joining some of our video drop-in sessions with teachers at Anson.
There have been drop-in sessions for story time, music lessons and plenary reviews of work for many year groups. We hope these will continue.
While the numbers attending are not large, there are some important rules to follow and we would ask that all parents help their children understand these before entering a video call.
Meetings online only work if there is order. While we want children to interact the reality is twelve different conversations do not work. So please talk to your child about following these 8 steps and the video meetings will be a success.
We hope to see more children online next week.
Please see the newsletter for the poster.
COMPUTING AT HOME WITH MR PILE
This week saw the first of our Computing at Home sessions released on our Brent Apple Regional Training Centre YouTube Channel.
As part of the learning for all the children from Year 1 to Year 6 we’ve begun to make a series of learning resources to help with computing at home.
Obviously, with so many children working from home, our usual computing sessions with our technology, robots and iPad are difficult to continue. However, we can still learn a lot about how computers work by making paper aeroplanes, cooking in the kitchen and taking a daily walk. Over 6 sessions there will be lots of opportunities to get involved with ‘makes’ and ‘builds’ using things around your home and have fun computing. All the links for each session will appear weekly in Google Classroom and Seesaw.
FILM CLUB FIVE - THE VIRTUAL CLUB
During the March lockdown we kept our Film Club alive with a weekly Film Club podcast.
When we returned to school it became impossible to hold our weekly club because of protecting the bubbles in the school.
However, we’d like to bring Film Club back this term for children in Year 3 to Year 6. Each week we will be sharing a film that you can watch as a family at home. This will be a free-to-air film and will not require a subscription. Then, every Wednesday at 3.30pm we will hold a 30 minute Zoom meeting to talk about the film, play some film quizzes and have some film related fun. The meeting will be recorded with the audio used for our Film Club podcast. If you would like to be part of the Film Club, watch out for a text invite coming soon!
CRITICAL WORKERS AT ANSON PRIMARY SCHOOL
You may have noticed a subtle change in the messaging from the Government during the last week as the numbers of people with Coronavirus continue to rise.
The guidance now states that children of parents and carers who are critical workers can ask for a place at their child’s school. However, where only one parent or carer is a critical worker, and their child can be kept at home, they should try to do so. The school is here for critical workers. The safest place for you as adults is in your home. Please do consider carefully if the school setting is the best place for your family at this time.
AND FINALLY A MESSAGE TO ALL OF THE ANSON COMMUNITY
We know lockdowns are not easy for anyone but we would like to say to you all how proud we have been at the reaction to home learning by parents and families over the last two weeks. The numbers of children active online are huge with 98% of children across Key Stage One and Key Stage Two taking part in online learning. We recognise that learning from home is not ideal, but you are doing a great job. We honestly hope you don’t need to do it for too much longer, but rest assured that we are
proud, impressed, thankful and in awe of the balancing act you are
managing at this moment in time. Thank you.