Since 2005 we have held an Annual Art & Writing festival, giving children the chance to work together for a real purpose and audience. In addition, providing more writing opportunities addresses one of the key issues highlighted in our recent Ofsted inspections.
Each year all our children from Nursery through to Year 6 take part in a range of exciting and creative projects. The processes involved are just as important as the final products, and each classroom turns into a publishing house and art workshop for several weeks.
The launch of the Festival usually involves a whole school visit to a London venue which is intended to stimulate the children and staff. So far the Thames, Horniman Museum, Kew Gardens, London Zoo and the V&A have been our destinations for this purpose. Over the last eight years, we have had visits from the well known poet John Hegley, former and future Olympic athletes, various storytellers, artists, the ‘Animal Man’ and many others who have inspired all the children to publish their own magazines, adventure stories, fantasy story books, write poetry, tell stories, create their own masks, fabric panels and costumes.
The culmination of our Festival is the exhibition of our work which has proved a roaring success with both parents and friends of Meridian and has appeared in the local press. Some of our Art Work and writing can be seen around the school in book corners and up on permanent display.