“I do think it was the most amazing project I’ve ever been involved with – and that is because we worked with ‘real artists’! Animate Arts gave the project status within our school and access to resources we don’t have at school.” Teacher, Pembury Primary School
In March 2015 teachers and 60 pupils from Pembury Primary School worked with Animate Arts to build a full orchestra created solely from paper and cardboard; culminating in a performance of Edvard Grieg’s ‘In The Hall Of The Mountain King’ alongside their own specially written story inspired by the music.
The project, filmed by Tim Leek from Animate Arts, was made to creatively capture the learning and outcomes of this unique experience, and to celebrate the pupil’s literacy skills (a pupil’s story narrates the film), engagement in classical music and their creative team work.
The film has subsequently been viewed by thousands of people across the nation, including on YouTube (over 1500 views), screened in the Royal Opera House London (to national audiences of teachers, young people, art advocates and educators) and the Royal Albert Hall London as part of the BBC Ten Pieces concert. It’s also a case study of excellent practice in schools, on BBC’s website.
Pupils achieved ‘Explore’ Arts Award Qualifications, and Pembury School developed a team of ‘Arts Leaders’ who continue to spearhead creative projects in their school.
The project was a ‘Leading through Culture’ project, part of INSPIRE II Schools Olympic Legacy Programme.