Posted by: alexbrompton | October 31, 2011

Back to School

Apart from the odd occasion I have delivered some percussion workshops it has been a long time since I was at primary school. So I must admit the task of facing a class of year 5 pupils was not filling me with excitment.

However when we arrived we were given a very warm reception, although that may have been due to the juice and biscuits we were carrying. We were then shown into the school hall  wich we set up ready for the arrival of our class for the session. We were already getting intrigued looks from one or two wandering pupils.

Time to start and we are all set to use photospeak to encourage engagement and conversation. It doesn’t take long and in no time at all pupils are sharing with each other what they liked about an image they had chosen and how it  made them feel. It started with quiet contemplation then progressed from sharing with a friend, a small group and eventually the whole class. Next using the same process was time to find out what people really loved about Newark and how it made them feel. There was so much to be positive about, pupils told of their love for Sconce Hill Park, The Castle, The town centre and it’s many and varied shops. My favourite part of the day is when one group opened out their flip chart paper like a scroll and announcing all of their favourite things about Newark with an impromptu fanfare, backed up by a quote  “I feel privileged to live in Newark

As in every great lesson at school there has to be some homework. I won’t spoil it and tell you what it is . You will have to wait for part 2. coming soon…




  1. I just wanted to say thanks again for hosting me on a really intersting visit – I enjoyed getting the chance to see the different sides of the work you’re doing in Newark – and looking forward to hearing more about how things are going!

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