Arts Blog 2014-2015, Summer Term

Arts Blog 2014-2015, Summer Term

Welcome to our 2014-2015 Arts Blog, Summer Term. Here you will find a record of some of the exciting arts activities which have taken place in our school. Find out what we have been up to in dance, drama, art and music.

Friday 10th July 2015 – Photography Congratulations

For several years now, Mrs Paggett has run a very successful photography club for Year 6.  This year our keen photographers entered a countywide competition in which they were asked to submit photos of each season for a calendar.  We were delighted that Emily Morton gained first place in the spring category for her picture of spring blossom and Emily White was awarded second prize for her photo of a bee.  Eve Stewart was a runner up with her daffodil photo.

Click here to view the competition winners.


Below are some other photos taken by Photography Club over the course of the year.  We think they are fantastic.




Wednesday 8th July 2015 – History in Year 5

Today Year 5 explored the past during an exciting visit to Maidstone Museum.  Year 5 have had two very interesting history topics to explore this year; the Anglo Saxons and Ancient Greece.  Both topics have been explored in a very creative way.  The children have made models of Anglo Saxon houses and have made Ancient Greek vases and Medusa masks.

Friday 3rd July 2015 – Role Play in Year 1

Year 1 have been thinking about plants and growing things this term.  We think their garden centre role play area is great.


Wednesday 1st July 2015 – Music Showcase

We are very fortunate to have lots of exciting musical opportunities open to our pupils.  This ranges from clubs to learning musical instruments in class or taking part in a choir.  Today’s Music Showcase evening was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the talents of our musical children who demonstrated things they have learnt both in and out of school.


Friday 26th June 2015 – Music Day at Ashford School

Some children from Year 5 enjoyed a fantastic music day at Ashford School today.  They joined in with songs and played their ukuleles, finally performing to an audience later in the day.  Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Tuesday 16th June 2015 – CBBC Filming

Today we found out what it was like to be tv stars when CBBC came into school to film our school kitchen and lunchtime for the BBC Dish Up website. The film, Winner Winner School Dinner, featuring our school will be broadcast on Wednesdat 5th August on the Dish Up website.  Click here to visit the site.

Saturday 13th June 2015 – Dad’s Cookery Day

Some of our Year R and 1 children got creative with food today, when we held our Dad’s Cookery Day.  25 children and their dads (or other relatives) prepared lots of exciting things to eat which were then enjoyed by their invited guests.The theme this time was fruit – a far healthier focus than the last theme of chocolate!


Wednesday 10th June 2015 – Carnival Day!

Today the spirit of carnival came to Godinton as each year group explored the traditions associated with different carnival celebrations around the world.  The morning was spent preparing games, banners and costumes using different materials. Some classes even prepared food from their chosen country.


Year 2 had already prepared some of their costumes when they worked with artist Hannah Rushforth.  They made fantastic tabards and headresses which reflected Venetian carnivals.  Hannah has worked for the arts organisation, Strange Cargo, who produce fabulous costumes for the Charivari Carnival held each year in Folkestone.


In the afternoon each year group ran a different carnival stall or activity; there were musical instruments to play, dances to learn and games to enjoy.


The afternoon ended with a procession in which each class showcased the costumes they had made.  It was also an opportunity to show the costumes and fish lanterns made during the Highworth arts project.


Friday 22nd May 2015 – Getting Creative in Poland

8 of our Year 5 and 6 pupils returned to Ashford after spending a week in the Polish town of Tychy.  The children have taken part in the Erasmus Plus Programme which offers pupils the opportunity to explore other cultures.  Whilst they were aware the children were able to join in with art and music lessons, performed on stage as part of a choir and recited poetry and explored places of cultural interest such as local museums.  In November some more children will have the chance to engage in the project when they travel to Belgium.

For further information about the Erasmus project, visit our Poland Residential Blog.



Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Wonderful Weaving

Year 5 have been busy learning some weaving techniques.  We can’t wait to see the finished results.



Friday 1st May – Amazing Caterpillars in Strawberry Class

Have a look at the wonderful caterpillars that Strawberry class have made.  They showed them in their class assembly today. We think that they are super!


Thursday 30th April 2015 – Greek Drama Workshops

Year 5 got very dramatic today when they took part in a series of drama workshops.  The sessions focused on life in Ancient Greece.  As you can see from the photos, the children really enjoyed it!


Wednesday 29th April 2015- Author Visit and Pirate Day

Today Upper and Middle School were visited by author Jack Trelawney and listened to some fantastic extracts from his books.

Click on his picture below to visit his website


Meanwhile, Lower School enjoyed a fantastic pirate day and took part in creative writing and art activities.


Our Arts Blog continues here!

We ran out of space on our main Arts Blog so we have added extra room here.  Have a look below for some of the activities we couldn’t fit into the previous Blog!


Monday 30th March 2015

Whilst some of Year 5 were on a residential trip to Kingswood Activity Centre, those who remained at school enjoyed a host of fun activities.  They spent lots of time out in the woods and made some fantastic masks inspired by the legend of the Green Man.


Wednesday 25th March 2015 – Steel Band

As part of their Caribbean topic, Year 6 had the chance to perform with a steel band!  The children learnt how the steel drums work and had a chance to try them out for themselves.  The school was the treated to a fantastic performance from the experts!


Tuesday 24th March 2015 – Inspire Project at Folkestone Quarterhouse

Today some of the chidlren who have taken part in the Inspire Project had the opportunity to showcase their work at a special collaborative event at the Folkestone Quarterhouse.  Children from across the area who had taken part in the project were able to present their work to each other.


Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – Visit from Chaucer College Students

Today we were delighted to be visited by some Japanese students from Chaucer College who are in the UK studying.  As well as finding out about what life in like in an English Primary School they taught some of our children some traditional Japanese activities such as calligraphy and origami.


Wednesday 11th February 2015 – National Gallery Visit

Today Mrs McGoldrick’s Art Club visited the National Portrait Gallery in London.  the children took part in some workshop activities exploring portraits.

Click on the picture below to visit the National Portrait Gallery’s website.