Destination East Finchley
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Since Spring 2017, Martin Primary School has been leading a lottery project called Destination East Finchley. The project celebrates the diversity of East Finchley and the migration stories of our families and the wider community. At the start of the project, Year six children at Martin School interviewed owners of local businesses on East Finchley High Road and heard about their journeys to East Finchley from around the world. The interviews formed part of an exhibition that was launched at the East Finchley Festival in June.
The poet, Adisa the Verbaliser visited the school and every child wrote poetry on the theme of Migration. These poems also formed part of the exhibition along with 3D representations of ‘Home’ created by the children as part of Refugee Week. Visitors to the festival completed postcards telling their journeys and these were exhibited.
Since the festival, the exhibition has been displayed at East Finchley Tube Station, East Finchley library and Martin School. Members of the community have continued to contribute their migration stories on the postcards.
During the Autumn Term (2017), as a school we focused on an art project based on the postcards. Year five and six children studied the postcards in detail and highlighted powerful vocabulary which was then used as a stimulus for the art work. Parents were given the opportunity to visit the wonderful displays created by our children with the help of artists from the East Finchley Open Artists group.
We are currently working in partnership with the Migration Museum of London who have recently delivered CPD for teachers from local schools in N2 and further afield. So far we have worked with Holy Trinity School, Brookland Junior School and The Archer Academy. We hope to continue this outreach work by supporting other schools to develop their own projects.
Most recently, some of our Year 5 children wrote poetry on the theme of migration. This poetry was performed to parents and carers at a coffee morning and some of the poetry will become part of our permanent exhibition which will be launched at East Finchley Station in the Summer Term.
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