Thank God it's Friday

12th August 2005 at 01:00
Monday It's "creative arts week", a concept thought up by our head six weeks ago then promptly passed on to me and a colleague to organise. With all external workshops booked up months ago, the staff have had to teach themselves how to be creative. Finally, all that panic learning of glass painting, gardening, tie-dyeing, drumming and much more is about to pay off. Today the school is a hive of people trying to timetable creativity; I feel I should point out the irony of this but don't, for fear of having to put on creative arts week with no staff.

Tuesday We all breathe a sigh of relief as our first performers arrive - a theatre company. We start to worry again as a young girl with a tape deck introduces herself to the children as "the company". All goes well until she announces she needs a "small" audience for the next session. I run to key stage 2 in the hope of trying to lure a few children from making papier-mache animals. Harassed teachers jump for joy as I explain why I am there; all, it seems, are prepared to selflessly abandon papier-mache to help me out.

Wednesday "Families on the field" - the school's version of Proms in the Park -is an opportunity to showcase all the creativity we can muster.

Instead of the Royal Philharmonic playing "Land of Hope and Glory", we have the school choir singing "Is this the way to Amarillo?" But at least I can be assured that all the children will turn up, sing and know all the words.

It's a resounding success and the head even manages to encourage teachers on to the stage to sing and dance with the children.

Thursday The day for new reception children to visit the school. They turn up 20 minutes late for the drumming assembly. Amid all the confusion the drumming workshop goes missing. The staff look tense, until a Year 2 child suggests we follow the drumming noises coming from the field. We all troop out just as the bell rings for the end of the session.

Friday The week ends with the school council's talent show. The first child burps in time to McFly, the second holds an electric guitar while humming; the third plays some random notes on the piano and leaves the audience unsure as to whether he has finished. And so the talent continues for two hours. As I watch the children's offerings I reflect that perhaps creativity is something we need to work on over the whole year rather than saving it up for a week at the end of the summer term.

Jo Green Jo Green teaches Year 2 in a large primary school in Hertfordshire

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