Early Years Foundation Stage
Please take a look at the Early Years portfolio, under the Expressive Arts and Design section.
Year One: Linking to our topic, Paws, Claws and Whiskers the children went down to the Jungle! They were encouraged to join in with songs and join in with repeated phrases. They were encouraged to use and move their bodies in the way an animal would and had to think about how to position their body (small , big or tall). The children were introduced to various animal themed songs and were able to join in with them enthusiastically.
Year 1: This week we have moved on from The Tiger Who Came to Tea and we are now looking at Giraffes can’t Dance, we have loved moving like different animals and learning new dance movements. The children were able to join in with different movements and follow instructions.
Year 1: Our topic is Paws, claws and whiskers and we are using the text The Tiger Who Came to Tea in class. During drama, we had a tea party linking to the text we are using in class. The children had their warm up activities and were encouraged to use create a tea party. They dressed up and used their bodies and facial expressions to be pieces of food. The children were fantastic at this and following instructions.
Linking to our topic, Bright Lights, Big City the children had a Royal tea party!
The children were informed of a very important guest visiting our school. They were very excited when they were told it was the Queen! They were encouraged to think about the food that may be eaten at a royal tea party and used their bodies to resemble jelly on a plate. They then sang 'ten fat sausages' whilst using actions and playing along to the rhythm with musical instruments. When they had prepared lots of yummy food, the Queen payed us a visit and we even managed to sneak a few selfies!
Linking to our topic, The Enchanted Woodland the children visited Bluebell Wood. They were encouraged to join in with woodland themed songs and use their bodies to resemble animals, trees and other living things. The children were very imaginative and were particularly enthusiastic during the stick song, moving their bodies in different ways to resemble a tree moving in the wind.
They children even came across a cute little pixie who was hiding in a quiet, dark place. They tiptoed round the wood and used their super senses to find where she was hiding.
Year 1: Our new topic is Paws, claws and whiskers and we are using the text The Tiger Who Came to Tea in class. During drama, we had a tea party linking to the text we are using in class. The children had their warm up activities and were encouraged to use the musical instruments to support with singing and actions, the children are encouraged to use their facial expressions to support their learning.
The children took a trip down to Bluebell Wood. They were encouraged to use their bodies to create animal and plant like shapes. They were very creative and could use different parts of their bodies to act as parts of plants and animals. The children used their singing and acting skills to join in with familiar rhymes and stories. Some friends even had the confidence to sing/act independently.
To end the session, some children acted out the story 'The Enormous Turnip'. They were really imaginative and worked well as a team to pull up the giant turnip!
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Linking to our topic, 'Moon Zoom' and our class novel 'Beegu' the children witnessed a crash landing. It was Beegu from our story! They used their hands and a range of different movements to move the 'spaceship' as it crashed into the Earth.
The children were encouraged to move their bodies like an alien that had never visited Earth before. They role played picking objects up, using their senses to explore things and spoke to different objects like Beegu does in the story. The objects included leaves, traffic lights, humans and animals. The children were very imaginative and were particularly enthusiastic when acting as still objects, creating shapes with their bodies.
By the end of the session, the children were able to confidently act out parts of the story and were very eager to continue their writing about Beegu back in class.
The children were encouraged to recall the story of Little Red Riding Hood. They had to think of different items to take to granny’s and how we could make her feel better. We then thought of different ways we could position ourselves to be a flower or a greenery in a woodland. The children showed showed great imagination when joining in with the session.
Our focus in drama this week was Autumn/Harvest. The children enjoyed learning poems about leaves and were encouraged to use their bodies to express a falling leaf. The children were also encouraged to use musical instruments in order to play it in the beat to the music. Another fun filled session!
In drama, we have continued to take the roles of Mr and Mrs Grinling as well as the seagulls from our class text The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch. The children enjoyed singing various sea related songs and using actions to link to the songs. The children looked at the next part of the story and were encouraged to get the lunch to Mr Grinling as fast as they could so the pesky seagulls could not get it. By the end of the session, the children had a better understanding of the story and how various characters may act in certain situations.
Year Two: In drama, we have been taking on the roles of Mr and Mrs Grinling as well as the seagulls from our class text The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch. The children sang sea shanties, discussed the story and thought about different ways to move and act like the characters from the story. It was a fantastic session from Ceri!
In drama we focused on our class text Revolting Recipes by Roald Dahl. The children are showing more creativity and imagination when creating freeze frames in drama. They worked in teams to create recipes and used their bodies to decide what the recipes would look like. The children also concocted their own magical potion and added different ingredients such as bogies and frogs legs.
Year 3's topic is Urban Pioneers. Through drama class book we are focusing on the book Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner, the story of a young boy’s adventures in the city of Berlin. Below are videos showing the man on the train having his money stolen and realising who has taken it. The first video shows them warming up their vocal chords and bodies.
Linking to our topic, Playlists, the children in Year 4 have been studying the novel 'The bear and the Piano'. The children used their improvisation skills to embody the bears thoughts and feelings, through freeze frames, when he enters the big city. We also practiced and recreated the classic songs "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "The Wheels on the Bus" using both keyboards and bells.
Year 5 - ENGAGE - DRAMA
Through Drama, we learnt about Alchemy Island. We received a message from the Chief Alchemist's Assistant to explore the map to find the gold and gems. We learnt what we should take with us on this quest and about how we may have felt at different stages in the journey.
A message from the Chief Alchemist's Assistant...
Our drama interpretations
In our topic of Alchemy Island, the children discovered a new part of the island. They used their investigative skills to see where they were. The children explored the island through drama and recreated parts of the island through their body shapes, positions and levels.
During our Alchemy Island topic, we learnt about portals. We explored a range of portals through drama. What would happen when we got through the portal? What would it be like in the portal?
In our topic of Time Traveller, we looked at how things change over time. We created different aspects of the process and photographed these. We used time lapse to show how these things develop over time.