Pupils get creative

Packmoor Ormiston Academy

As part of Packmoor Ormiston Academy's aim to raise aspirations and appreciation of the arts, the children had the exciting opportunity to climb inside the belly of a humungous inflatable whale!

Children and staff were mesmerised by tales from a pirate and enchanted by songs from a mermaid whilst inside this vast mammal.

The visual story tellers are the mastermind trio of the Circo Rum Ba Ba women's performing arts group. All staff and children dressed as pirates for the day as part of a whole school topic, Treasure Island.

The children have been studying extracts from the story, building their own pirate ships, and writing exciting stories, letters and diary entries to release their creativity.

The eclectic mix of theatre and music were interactive educational and fun for a total of 430 pupils and 45 staff!

Throughout the sessions, children also took part in pirate workshops with actors from Take a Hint theatre company. The project was partially funded by the parents and we await confirmation of funding applied for through the Arts Council.

Following this, the whole school were invited to watch a performance of Treasure Island at the New Victoria Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme.