Two Rivers Primary School held its first Eisteddfod as part of a focus on creative and performing arts.  Pupils at the school, which opened in 2020, took part in art, writing, singing and poetry activities during term 4.

Children created works of art inspired by birds. These were entered into a Sky Arts competition in which the best work will feature in an episode of the show Painting Birds with Jim and Nancy Moir in June. In Creative Arts Week, all the art was displayed in a gallery for parents. Members of the local residents’ association were invited to pop in and join in voting for their favourites.

Artist and author Tessa Cobb visited on World Book Day, sharing stories and leading illustration and story-writing workshops. which Pupils were inspired to produce stories of their own based on Tess’s book Geoffrey Finds a Bike. These stories formed the creative writing category of our Eisteddfod.

For the singing section, we formed house choirs and dedicated assembly slots to singing practice. In addition, we challenged all pupils to learn a poem by heart at home and send in a video of their performance; using Seesaw makes it really easy for us to view and judge each poem.

On the big day, we welcomed parents to watch a showcase of our musicians, including a visiting band from Wellsway School, and our choirs and poets who performed on stage before our panel of judges, assembled from governors, PTA, music teachers and Mrs Mclean – Head of Music at Wellsway. Craig House were announced as the inaugural winners of our Creative Arts Shield.

Chair of Governors Richard Triggs remarked that the event had created memories that pupils would carry with them for many years. All parents and staff were thrilled at the event’s success. Most importantly, every child had the opportunity to participate and express themselves creatively, and there were big smiles all around.

Matt Filer, headteacher, Two Rivers Church of England Primary School