Throughout Term 2, Year 3 enjoyed learning about the history of Ancient China and completed a project on Chinese Shadow Puppetry. After finding out that different forms of modern entertainment are among the reasons why this traditional art form is disappearing; the students decided they had to do something to help preserve it. It was decided that the students in Year 3 would organise a Parent Learning Look to communicate what they knew and express their desire to save this traditional art form. The Parent Learning Look took place on Monday 25 March.
Many of the students in 3AW decided to turn some of David Walliams’ stories from The World’s Worst Children into shadow puppet shows as they have had so much fun reading them and thought modernising the puppet shows and using humour could make the art form more popular among children and their parents. After their fabulous performances, the students decided to write a letter to their favourite author to share their work with him and thank him for inspiring them.
In 3JJ, students divided themselves into five groups. One group chose to research Chinese Shadow Puppetry and present their findings to the class and parents in the form of a speech. Three groups chose a traditional Chinese story and presented a shadow puppet show for the class parents. The final group advertised the special event by making a poster.
3NC worked creatively to create many outstanding shadow puppets using transparent plastic and paint. These puppets, together with a large shadow puppet theatre, allowed the students to work collaboratively to produce exciting displays for the parents. The parents also enjoyed playing with the puppets with their children and took the opportunity to take some wonderful photos of the experience.
Mr. Jonathan Jones
Head of Year 3
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