Learning Through PerformanceFor the last two terms, the Drama Club have been working hard to devise a performance piece for Year 4 at Whitleigh Community Primary School. The primary pupils have been learning about North American cities, so armed with just that title Miss Wishart, expertly assisted by Seb Berry (Year 13), set about teaching the pupils some of the skills needed to devise a performance. All of the work in the final piece was created by the students. This included: movement, voice overs, script and physical theatre and told a tale which started with the Pilgrim Fathers in Plymouth and ended in Hollywood!
On the day, every single pupil performed to the best of their ability and they were brilliant. It was as if they had been saving that extra something for the performance day! Luckily, they had a chance to perform it twice, first to Mrs Mitchell’s class and then to Mr Wearing’s. Along with their performance, the SJH students then acted as role models and ran their own drama workshops, teaching the younger pupils some of the skills they would need to perform later on. The pupils really enjoyed working with each other and it was a privilege to see them learning from each other. The SJH role models then assisted the primary pupils in devising their own still images which they would perform to the song Something Inside So Strong (Labi Siffre). Together, the pupils created some really powerful images and the final performance was wonderful to watch.
Pupils from both schools displayed exemplary behaviour and were a credit to Sir John Hunt and Whitleigh Primary and all of their teachers. It really was a rewarding way to spend a Friday morning.
Pupils Involved: Colbie, Isabel, Sonny, Thomas, Charlie, Alicia, Ashleigh, Maddison and Ray: Please congratulate them if you see them. A huge thanks to: Seb Berry, Miss McCaigh, Mr Mac, Miss Mitchell, Mr Wearing and Mr Carpenter.