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Posted on: November 25th 2020

Winter Wanderland

Priorswood Primary School – Prepare for the Winter Wanderland

This year has been like non-other in our life time and this is certainly true for the children at Priorswood Primary School.  The children at the school were keen to be involved in Taunton’s fabulous community activity, the Window Wanderland festival of light and colour. 

Badger class, a mixed class of years 4 and 5, worked with local artist Andrea Oke from Somerset Art Works, to create this piece of art which had the theme of nocturnal animals. Not only was it a great opportunity for the children to develop their artistic talent, it also gave them the opportunity to learn more about the animals and their nocturnal habits. 

The final window artwork features a number of nocturnal animals including: Owls, Foxes, Badgers, Bats, Hedgehog and dormice.  Many of the classes at Priorswood are named after these animals such as: Owl, Hedgehog and Badger class.

The Taunton Winter Wanderland event runs from 22nd Nov to 6th Dec.  The children hope you will wander by to appreciate their contribution.

 

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