Hearts While We’re Apart

Peregrines had fun joining in with the Hearts While We’re Apart project started by Friends of Gastrells (FoG). The idea was to make a heart to share with all the Gastrells friends that we are missing during this lockdown period. As you will see below, we have had some lovely work sent in from home learners. Keyworker children in school also enjoyed designing and painting hearts while thinking about the absent friends we are all missing at the moment.

A Magical Christmas Journey

Peregrines took the stage last Thursday, to finally perform their class play. ‘A Magical Christmas Journey’ told the story of a group of children who followed a magical star to the stable where Jesus was born, meeting sheep, kings, angels and shepherds, and singing lots of songs along the way. The children all did very well for the performance. Thankyou to all the parents for sending in costumes and helping children to learn their songs and lines. Thankyou also to all the staff at Gastrells who have helped in lots of different ways to help us to bring it all together. The video of the performance will be available in the next couple of days.

Samba Percussion Music

Peregrines class have had great fun this term in a series of lessons creating music using percussion to explore the beats and rhythms of Brazilian Samba music. The lessons were with Mr. Evans from Make Music Gloucestershire, who introduced children to each of the instruments, and showed pupils how they each played a different part in creating the overall sound together. In the final session, Peregrines played different pieces together, using their instruments to follow Mr. Evans’ conducting:

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/490086078″>Peregrines Samba Drumming</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user39864278″>Gastrells Primary School</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Peregrines have had great fun learning about Samba, and would all like to again say another big thankyou to Mr. Evans and Make Music Gloucestershire.

Peregrines Class Play Performance: ‘A Magical Christmas Journey’

Hello Peregrines, Parents and Carers,

I have sent out the link to the Zoom meeting which will host a live broadcast of our class play performance, ‘A Magical Christmas Journey’. Please email me if you have not received the message by email: cpayne@gastrells.gloucs.sch.uk

The children have enjoyed seeing the play come together, and have their final dress rehearsal tomorrow morning. We will also be filming the performance on Thursday and will make a video link available for families to watch.

Hand Print Cherry Blossom Trees Paintings

Peregrines started their art lesson this week by learning about cherry blossom trees, and how they are celebrated at the Hanami festival in Japan.

The first stage of our painting was to draw around our hand, and then trace the outline with dark brown oil pastel. The hand print was then painted tree bark brown, and left to dry. In the afternoon, children used a palette of different shades of pink, using their fingers to print cherry blossom onto their tree trunks. The cherry blossom paintings will form one of the pages in a calendar for 2021, with a painting representing each month of the year.

Samba drumming

In this week’s Samba drumming session With Make Music Gloucestershire, Peregrines all took a turn on a new percussion instrument. Children tried out new rhythms, and completed a rhythm grid to follow a pattern of beats. They copied patterns of clapping from the visiting drumming tutor, Mr. Evans, and finally played their instruments together, following Mr. Evans conducting.