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What's been happening?

We’ve been working with local Primary Schools to make their weeks more exciting – by putting on activities their kids want to take part in.

We know it’s important to be creative and active, so we’ve made sure our Primary schools have had chance to do something different throughout the term.

Cherry Tree Hill Primary and Meadow Farm Primary:

  • Karate with Derby Karate Club – kids have learned how to be confident and coordinated.
  • Visual arts with Theresa Hempsall has been a great chance to be expressive and see your surroundings in a different way.

Derwent Primary School:

  • Drummercise with 24 Fit Derby and carnival crafts with EMCCAN – working together and learning to be proud to be different!

At Derwent Youth Centre we’ve offered lots of different activities, including football, athletics, dance and poetry on a Wednesday.

Fridays are our circus day – encouraging people to try hula hooping, circus tricks, unicycling and develop those skills!

What's On

Activities

Pound Fit at Derwent Primary School

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Pound Fit at Derwent Primary School

Pound Fit at Derwent Primary School

Chaddesden / Derwent

Fun drumming-exercise classes to pop songs! With routines to Little Mix, The Greatest Showman and more, these weekly sessions were exciting, simple and a great workout!

The Year 5 and 6s, Courtney from 24 Fit Derby.

Every Friday afternoon.

Keeping time, rhythm and enthusiasm.

Circus Celebrations

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Circus Celebrations

Circus Celebrations

Chaddesden / Derwent

A celebration of the circus activity so far at Derwent Youth Centre, with demonstrations, performances, cake, snacks and music.

30+ young people from the Derwent Chaddesden area, including families, friends and the youth worker team.

Joined by Simon and Clare from Déda, Circus Performer Angus from Chango  Fuego, Hula Hoop artist Rochene from Project Hoop and Kay Monrose from CircusHub.

The young people learned how to put their skills together into little performances and what it’s like to be in an audience.

Visual Arts at Meadow Farm Primary School

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Visual Arts at Meadow Farm Primary School

Visual Arts at Meadow Farm Primary School

Chaddesden / Derwent

Visual Artist Theresa Hempsall worked with a group of young people at Meadow Farm Primary to create mixed media self-portraits. By drawing, painting and composing pictures of themselves with different materials, kids were able to reflect their thoughts on their home and what they’d like to do in the future.

Rachel from Déda and Visual Artist Theresa Hempsall worked with the group every Wednesday.

The young people learned respect, engaged citizenship and self-expression.

Visit to Sensei Malcolm Hewitson’s dojo at Springwood Leisure Centre, Oakwood

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Visit to Sensei Malcolm Hewitson’s dojo at Springwood Leisure Centre, Oakwood

Visit to Sensei Malcolm Hewitson’s dojo at Springwood Leisure Centre, Oakwood

Chaddesden / Derwent

Karate class participants from Meadow Farm Primary School joined a dojo session with adults and young people from across North East Derby to practice the Karate Cata they have learned in class with Sensei Malcolm.

The young people learned hard work, self-control and discipline.

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Carnival Drumming with EMCCAN

EMCCAN have been delivering a variety of Carnival Arts on Friday afternoons at Derwent Primary School on Friday afternoons as part of an enrichment slot.

After a session of carnival drumming, one of the shyer boys in the class helped the instructor put the drums away in the car. While doing so, the instructor began a simple rhythm on the drum, which the boy was able to match perfectly.

The instructor began some more complex beats, which the boy picked up straight away, until the two of them were properly jamming.

The boy has a real gift for music, and can play the drums by ear!

With this in mind the teachers at Derwent Primary School have found a new way to engage him in the last term of school, making his SATS less challenging.

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This Is Me at Derwent Youth Centre

Spoken word artists Jamie Thrasivoulou and Jewel Campbell, and dance artist Isobel Davis came into Derwent Youth Centre in March to make some work reflecting how the young people feel about their local area.

Jamie Thrasivoulou is Derby County’s Official Poet, and worked with the young people over three weeks to create a poem reflecting how they feel about their neighbourhood ‘We Are Derwent.’

After the three weeks, as well as performing a dance sequence choreographed themselves, the young people performed the poem they wrote together.

The poem was performed by the young people again at an event in Pride Park on Friday 24th May, and will be used as part of the bigger This Is Derby celebrations on the 13th July.