Children at St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s primary school are Rio ready as Olympic festival fun takes over the curriculum.
The whole project concluded with a vibrant, vivid community carnival full of music, dance and art.
All pupils have been involved in composing a school Olympic song with help from the Manchester based professional composer Andrew Smith entitiled A Torch of Hope which included parts for the school band, a collection of samba percussion and over 350 voices singing the catchy melody.
During the two weeks every child took part in samba drumming workshops led by Chester Catholic High School music teacher Liam Hardwick and learnt salsa dancing.
They also had the opportunity to explore art from around the world and create a mask or hat linked with a country in the Olympics for the final carnival celebration.
Every class was given their own country in the Olympics to research the culture, religion and climate.
Year 2 children learnt about Australia and aboriginal art while Year 5 children designed their costumes around the Jamaican flag.
Music leader Rachael Borman who coordinated the event stated: “It had been mayhem that morning trying to get everything ready in the showers but thankfully everything turned out great and the whole event depicted what a Rio Carnival should be, full of fun and laughter. The children were full of confidence, enthusiasm and excitiment to show off their dances, perform their songs and play their instruments.
“The song the children created with Andy and Liam is amazing and so catchy - the whole school will be singing it for a very long time!”