Dragons, woks and a tiny night club

If you saw fire-breathing dragons, flaming woks or the world's smallest nightclub the other day, chances are you were at Alderman Peel High School in Wells.

The school teamed up with Norfolk and Norwich Festival to run a series of activities, last Thursday and Friday.

Assistant headteacher Sara Watkins and Norfolk and Norwich Festival's creative agent Deb Hoy worked with staff and students to pull together a programme aimed at capturing the pupils' imagination, developing their leadership skills and assisting their curriculum work.

Mrs Watkins said: 'The learning experiences of our students will significantly be enhanced by these opportunities to work alongside creative practitioners and their teachers.'

Year seven pupils have been exploring energy and forces with sculptor Dan Peppiat from Mechanical Menagerie and have been learning how to make their own moving sculptures, taking inspiration from the two fire-breathing mechanical dragons and the startling Elementree, a fantasy oak tree that squirts water, that Mr Peppiat brought into the school.

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As part of a project looking at China, year eight students were visited by the West Norfolk and District Chinese Association who hosted workshops in Chinese lion dance, taught the pupils some Mandarin and did some lively Chinese cookery demonstrations.

Year nine had a musical theme, working with the Miniscule of Sound, who run the world's smallest night club. The 8ft by 10ft club is assembled on site and comes complete with DJ booth, bouncers and red carpet.

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The school has its own radio station and children worked with the Miniscule of Sound, learning DJ skills. They also worked with Norwich rock band the Neutrinos – recording an album in one hour.

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