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Developing Cultural Capital and Access to the Arts - Sian Collinson - 6th February 2020

Date: 6th Feb 2020 @ 12:37pm

As a parent I have always been impressed with the range of artistic experiences on offer to the children at Cherry Grove. These opportunities are important for success later in life and form part of the Ofsted ‘Cultural Capital’ agenda. Put simply, pupils from all backgrounds deserve equal exposure to the skills and knowledge they will need as adults. Appreciation and understanding of the thoughts, actions and creativity of those who have gone before us can help to build these skills and provide a more level playing field.

I’ve recently had the pleasure of taking part in providing some of these experiences through my role in The Literacy Company. This year we have collaborated with Amasing Fusion to deliver one of many workshops for pupils. Alongside dance, drama, art, music and health and well-being we have been able to offer a poetry based experience to pupils from around 50 schools in the Cheshire area. The theme for the workshop was diversity and differences. Using quotes from texts as well as song lyrics children from different schools worked collaboratively to produce their own group poems. We thought about what we wanted to carry with us through our lives and the qualities/mantras that would help us. The expression and choice of words they came up with blew us away. To hear them recite them and the meaning behind it all was humbling and emotional.

The Cherry Grove pupils were also great ambassadors for the school in how they conducted themselves and welcomed others.If you are going to attend the performance at Storyhouse on 20th April, you will hear these voices in the auditorium.   Poems will also be published in the programmes.

We can all learn a lot by how children see the world and their hopes and dreams for future society.

Sian Collinson

Parent Governor

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