Lambourn Primary visits take a delve into London’s history & another to a magical land

Tower of London Schools Coronation Competition for Years 1 & 6

To mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III in 2023, Lambourn CofE Primary School pupils were invited to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime competition!

They explored this historic moment of transition by using the Tower of London Coronation Project resources to learn more about this historic national event and created a variety of illustrations to provide inspiration for specially designed Coronation benches to usher in the new era; as seen on Channel 5 ‘Inside the Tower of London’.

Lambourn was one of the lucky schools to have had the opportunity to take part in a VIP trip to the Tower of London in recognition of the children’s entries. The children had a marvellous experience meeting the Yeoman Warders, watching the changing of the guard and seeing the legendary ravens. The children were able to learn about the Tower’s many roles and uses as well as historic figures and key turning points in history. Year 6 were able to consider historical concepts such as continuity and change and use them to make connections and frame historically-valid questions.

Lambourn Whole School Theatre Visit – The Watermill Theatre Newbury

All children from Reception to Year 6 were swept away to the Emerald City in a fresh new take on The Wizard of Oz on Friday 24th November 2023. This was a brand-new adaptation from writer Marietta Kirkbride (Five Children and It, The Egg), director Georgie Staight (Camp Albion, The Watermill), and composer and musical director Nick Barstow (From Here to Eternity, West End).

The children loved the theatre itself and the experience of a live production which contained haze, smoke, and flashing lights. They were mesmerised by the puppetry that was used by the actors to create some of the characters and the live music and the musicianship of the actors, live on stage as they performed.

In this modern take on The Wizard of Oz, Toto disappears and a desperate search through a storm transports Dot to a strange and miraculous land full of witches and wizards and unusual creatures. Meeting new friends Tinman, Scarrow and Lionel, Dot heads to the Emerald City in search of the magical Wizard to help her find Toto and return home. However, her journey is fraught with danger as they are followed by the scheming wicked witch Westly, who will stop at nothing to get her hands on Dot’s all-powerful magic shoes…

With bravery, brains, and heart, Dot and her friends find Toto and make it back home to Auntie Em.