We are very fortunate to be situated in beautiful Stratford upon Avon; a town of huge literary, historical and cultural significance. Here at Bridgetown we are very proud of Stratford’s heritage and staff endeavor to make full use of all the wonderful opportunities provided by our surrounding area.
We have strong connections with the RSC; our Key stage 2 Drama Club visit to watch productions, which inspire their own performances. Actors from the RSC have also visited school to deliver workshops. Many children from Bridgetown have gained roles in RSC productions, most recently in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Macbeth.
Stratford’s annual Literary Festival plays host to acclaimed authors from around the world. As part of their education program, we have been lucky enough to host children’s authors, most recently Sophy Henn who joined us in March as part of a bedtime story event. Key Stage Two pupils have also written and performed poems as part of Stratford’s poetry festival.
Year Two complete a Shakespeare study every year; they visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, dress up as Tudors, and use the town’s Tudor architecture as a starting point for their art work. Every year, Year 6 participate in a ‘take over day’ at the Birthplace Trust. It is a hugely enjoyable and memorable event for all pupils, who become fully involved in all aspects of running the Birthplace, from assisting on guided tours to helping out in the gift shop. Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations provide further opportunities for pupil involvement as pupils represent Bridgetown in the annual town parade.
The beautiful River Avon is used by Foundation Stage as they learn more about their local area and each year as part of their maths homework they try to save enough pennies to pay for a trip across the river on the chain ferry. Year 4 complete a more in-depth river study in the summer term.
We are fortunate that Key Stage 1 children are able to hold their advent service in the impressive surroundings of Holy Trinity Church (Shakespeare’s resting place). It also plays host to the Key Stage 2 carol service, which always gets Bridgetown staff and parents into the festive spirit.
Through a variety of activities, experiences, visitors and visits, children leave Bridgetown with a significant understanding and appreciation of Stratford’s rich heritage.