Churchlands Primary School

Term 3 2017

Drama:  Mrs Di Idle

Drama started this term with a bang, well actually a bell! Bell Shakespeare performed a brilliant play called The Wonderful World of Will. Our year 3-6 classes attended and learnt about William Shakespeare, including the context of his writing and living conditions in London in 1599.

Our classes have been focusing on the use of facial expressions, gestures and posture to create believable and entertaining characters during our classes.

Fairy tales are being explored in years PP-3 for a few weeks after finishing off some puppetry work with year 2 and 3.

Our year 4 classes will be incorporating drama into their STEM projects. In class we will be exploring how explorers managed to travel in boats across the world- how they felt and coped with difficult conditions. Also the student ‘maker space’ creatures will be used as puppets to bring out their characters. So this turns STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) projects into STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, maths) projects!!

Comedy is the name of the game in year 5. Room 17 are participating in three comedy workshops run by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF), via video conferencing from Melbourne. They will be writing scripts and then performing those by the end of term. Room 10 and 11 will be creating their own Little Lunch episodes using the Little Lunch app. It is based on the award winning Little Lunch series produced by ACTF. These should be very entertaining and a great way to learn the narrative structure of TV dramas episodes.

The BIG news is the year 6 classes are in the midst of rehearsing for the musical Dream On. It is based on Shakespeare’s A midsummer Night’s Dream. There will be three performances at the school in week 8 and we are all very excited to be working as a team to produce an entertaining production.

All students will be taught the use of specific terminology when responding to performances. The “how” is really important. How did the character make you feel? How did the actor make you believe in their character? Parents are encouraged to discuss TV dramas or movies with your children. How did the mood change in this scene? How did the tension increase? Why do we love this character so much? These are all really good discussion to support the use of appropriate terminology when responding to performances.