Five United Learning schools have successfully qualified for funding from the Group to put in motion their ambitious plans for the Spirit of Rio festival this summer.
The festival, which is being launched by United Learning on 15th June, is running in conjunction with the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Over the four weeks of the festival, United Learning schools will be holding events and taking part in group-wide activities in order to celebrate the Games’ values and the rich culture of Brazil and South America.
The five successful schools each submitted an impressive proposal detailing the events they are planning within their schools to mark the launch of the festival. These schools were Accrington Academy, Lambeth Academy, Northampton Academy, North Oxfordshire Academy and Richard Rose Morton Academy. They have each been awarded a funding grant of £1,000 for the delivery of these plans.
Several of the winning bids, including Accrington Academy and Richard Rose Morton Academy, include planning extravagant ‘opening ceremonies’ in the style of Brazil’s famous Carnival. These events will put performing arts centre-stage, introducing students to Brazilian street theatre and Carnival costume design, samba and bossa nova music and dance. Many of the schools are opening these exciting events to their local community, for example Lambeth Academy will be inviting pupils from their feeder primaries in to their school to take part in an intensive day of dance, music and art workshops before enjoying the Carnival parade.
As well as exploring Brazilian and South American culture, many of the schools’ students will be doing themed learning around the five continents and the history of the Olympic Games and its sports. At North Oxfordshire Academy, students will experience an activity-based curriculum week where learning sessions will be based around the culture and society of Brazil. For instance, in English classes students will be introduced to the poetry of Paul Coelho and in Food Technology they will get a chance to create and try Brazilian national dishes like churrasco and picadinho.
Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts at United Learning, said:
‘We were very impressed with the quality and range of applications so congratulations to those schools whose funding bids proved successful. We are all looking forward to seeing their plans take full shape when United Learning’s Spirit of Rio festival is officially launched in June.’