Mary Poppins topic for Newington students – The Isle Of Thanet News
Elementary school children in the Newington community have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious learning term based on the adventures of Mary Poppins.
The story of PL Travers’ magical nanny and her life with the Banks family in London has already captured the school’s imagination.
To kick off the topic with real brilliance, the whole school headed to the West End to be enchanted by the Mary Poppins show at the Prince Edward Theatre.
Assistant head teacher Taralee Kennedy said the visit was a huge success. She explained: “It was a great experience for our children, some who haven’t been out of Thanet anywhere since the pandemic first hit over two years ago.
“The show was fantastic and our girls and boys were captivated and delighted. It’s a great foundation for our learning program that this term is underpinned by the arts and also looks at the magic of London.
“We are proud of how our children have been great ambassadors for Newington, which has resulted in emails from other theatergoers praising the students for their excellent behavior.”
On the way to the theatre, the children stopped in Greenwich Park for a picnic in the sun which added to their memories of a great day.
The Mary Poppins theme also saw first graders design, create and test their own kites on school grounds, to celebrate the closing scene of the Mary Poppins movie where families go to the park to fly their kites. They also learn the iconic song from the movie Let’s Go Fly A Kite.
Among other activities, kindergartners learn the song Feed The Birds and investigate all sorts of things about their feathered friends; Year 6 makes its own mobile toys suitable for the children’s nursery in the Banks family home; and creative artwork transforms classrooms with beautiful London skylines and landmarks.
Each age group makes a giant kite to hang together in the hall as a statement that unifies and connects the Newington school community.
Term Learning, which was coordinated by Assistant Head Teacher Rebecca Andrews, culminates in a musical to celebrate the term’s work. The staff is also planning a performance as part of the production which families will attend. Each child will create their own t-shirt to wear in the show.
She said: “The learning across school this term has been amazing. Quarter 5 is always a highlight of the school year for everyone at Newington; it’s a time that encapsulates the essence of collaboration and community, which is indicative of what makes us so special as a school.
“Since our trip to the West End, there has been a palpable buzz around the school; each child’s experience in learning this term has been magical, the pleasure of learning being at the heart of everything.
“All the children and staff are busy and working hard to produce the unique version of Newington’s show that we will share with our parents. I have no doubt that he will maintain the high standards, philosophy and pure joy behind the original musical – we can’t wait.