An arts and culture week has been held by the Sharnbrook Academy Federation to celebrate the launch of a cultural curriculum across its schools.
A host of events has seen local artists, actors, dancers and performers take part in a range of cultural activities on the theme of Conflict and Resolution, commemorating the anniversaries of World War One and the D-Day landings.
The schools have a reputation for developing students’ passion for the arts - they are working with the Royal Opera House Bridge and Bedford Creative Arts to promote cultural engagement for all of its students.
The schools are promoting a broad range of cultural activities that will enrich the curriculum throughout the year, connecting young people with practitioners on their doorstep.
Over the week students have had the chance to work with ‘Sarah’s Do Wop Dos’, exploring fashion, make-up and hairstyles from bygone eras; InterACT forum theatre featuring army drills with a ‘World War One soldier’; talks and seminars with the Royal British Legion; physical theatre workshops led by Full House Theatre Company, and participation in a musical theatre day.
Students from across the SAF have worked on a film project with industry professionals from Runaway Media; the students spent the week interviewing local people and filming a short documentary to be screened in all schools at the end of the week. In addition, all three middle schools use the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre to stage their summer productions.
Project leader Paul Wildman: “We have made a real effort to bring together the cultural and education sectors on this initiative. Teachers sometimes assume they have to travel to places like London to see great art and culture, but there are many wonderful resources on our doorstep.
“We are working alongside all subject areas to make artistic and cultural connections; these are the experiences that make learning fun, engaging and memorable, as well as connecting youngsters with a wealth of local culture.”