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@ A E Harris, 1st - 19th March, 18.30 & 20.30 (running time 70min)
(no perfs. Sundays or Mondays)

2017 marked the school's 90th Birthday. It also saw the end of some major building work as the school's growing success has resulted in it expanding to accept a three form entry in addition to its Resource Hub. With three classes in each year group we had to adjust our approach projects in the school.

The Amazing Adventures of You: Hyperlink Story
A small group of students from Year 6 collaborated to write and code an online multiple choice adventure story. They started by taking a train ride up to The Jewellery Quarter exploring there and visiting Stan's Cafe's HQ for an initial ideas session. After this the group met every Friday afternoon to write and learn how to build the adventure using HTML code. The result was The Amazing Adventures of You This project was a refinement of an approach we pioneered with Victoria Park Academy creating The Adventures of Alex. It also marked the end of our time with this particular year group of students who we had worked with since they were in Year Two.

Ancient China
Year 4 study the culture and inventions of Ancient China and in order to help this, develop literacy and performance skills we worked with them to create a series of radio dramas. Each radio drama was inspired by an archaeological object from the Shang Dynasty. The students created the soundtrack with Joanna Karselis and made a giant kite and model village with Johnny O'Hanlon.

You can listen to the finished radio pieces HERE

Moon Landings
Every year we have created a space or moon landings project with the school. This time we spent an intensive week with Year 2 preparing for a trip to the moon. Through various activities we looked at rocket size, lunar conditions, the earth from space and astronaut training. We wrote moon poetry, created lunar music and a stop frame 'blast off animation'. The week culminated in the children in their mission teams each stepping on board a rocket, lifting off and then landing on the moon, where they took measurements and collected space rocks.

You can listen to some moon inspired poetry from Year Two HERE

90th Birthday Celebrations
After first coming to the school Sports Day in 2013, this year The Commentators returned to Billesley School in order to allow listeners at home to share the excitement of the schools' great celebratory event. They were helped by junior comentators who also learned about the history of their school by interviewing a number of the visitors who attended the celebrations through the day.

You can listen to the commentary and interviews from the day HERE

The Amazing Adventures of You
Students from Year 6: Mr. Tyler, Craig Stephens and Kerry Murdock.

Moon Landings
Artists: Joanna Karselis, Johnny O'Hanlon and Craig Stephens.
Photographs: Ming De Nasty
Thanks to all the Year Two staff for their input and committment

Ancient China
Artists: Joanna Karselis, Johnny O'Hanlon and Craig Stephens.

90th Birthday
Artists: Peter Maxwell Dixon, Graeme Rose and Craig Stephens with Miss Randall.

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