We are delighted to have actors from the Shakespeare Globe Theatre working with our Year 1 classes this term to help develop the children as storytellers. Our Literacy Leader, Miss O’Toole, secured funding from the Globe Education Service for the school to receive training and workshops, led by Globe Shakespearean actors and their Education team. An actor has begun to carry out drama workshops with the Year 1 pupils to deliver a unit of work based around two Shakespeare plays, Henry V and A Midsummers Night Dream.
The children have already enjoyed taking part in two workshops this half-term on the first play they are studying, Henry V, using role play and other activities to inspire their own writing. The plays are a stimulus for drama which will be used to support a variety of writing genres over the summer term. Each week the children will be involved in a drama workshop to develop their oracy (speaking) skills and language development and also their understanding of story and play narrative. The activities are also aimed at developing children’s self-esteem and confidence, their social skills and understanding of the world as they explore issues raised in each play.
This is a very exciting opportunity for our children and staff to be involved in and we are looking forward to sharing this work with parents/carers as it continues. The photographs below show the children taking part in some of the activities that have already taken place.