Six minutes and 40 seconds of fame as pupils take part in global phenomenon
PUPILS from a Derby school were a big hit when they took part in the global phenomenon of Pecha Kucha.
The traditional adults-only nights feature a series of speakers who each show 20 slides and have 20 seconds to talk about each one.
The idea came from Japan, where it was first used as a fast-paced showcase for young designers to pitch their work.
Quad, in Derby's Market Place, started staging the nights just over a year ago and the appearance by Portway Junior School's pupils was the first time children have taken to the stage.
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Teacher Martin Adler had the idea of getting his class of seven and eight-year-olds involved.
He said: "I set the children a project over the half-term break and the best five, chosen from presenting ideas to their class, took part in the Pecha Kucha night.
"The children source their own images, as well as writing their words to accompany them."
The five children selected for their six minutes and 40 seconds in the spotlight were: Archie Meyer, who spoke about Kenya vs Derby; Haseef Bhatti, cricket for dummies; Freya Turner. my pet greyhound Alfie; Amelia Allsop, the red-footed tortoise, and Jasmine Guard, my back garden – Allestree Park.
Mr Adler said: "Afterwards the children said they had enjoyed taking part and were very proud of what they had achieved.
"It has improved the children's speaking and listening skills and their awareness of presenting for an audience.
"So we are looking at ways of using the same technique to present projects in school. This will give other children a chance to develop their skills and have a go.
"I wouldn't rule out going to one of the events and doing it again with different pupils and subjects.
"The children were still buzzing the morning after and it has done their confidence the world of good."
Mr Adler worked with Dawn Foote, of Derby marketing agency Katapult and one of the organisers of the Quad nights, to get the Allestree pupils involved.
He said: "We were unsure how it would turn out.
"Dawn came to meet the children to talk about Pecha Kucha and gauge their response, which was fantastic and they were full of enthusiasm to take part."
Ms Foote said: "A lot of the audience was really moved by the presentations and the children should be proud of themselves.
"I learnt something from each of the presentations and they delivered them so well."
Audience member Katherine Cory said: "Watching seven-year-olds present at Pecha Kucha may be the cutest thing I have ever seen. They're amazing."
Pecha Kucha Night started in Tokyo in February 2003.
It has turned into a worldwide hit, with events happening under licence in 514 places around the world.
It draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat".
As the idea has expanded, so has the subject matter and now people from many different fields gather to network and share their ideas and insights.