With Year 3 about to embark on a playwriting unit in Literacy, the question was, what would be our inspiration? The answer...the most exceptional performance of the Wizard of Oz, staged by the children from Year 5 & 6.
It was with huge delight on Wednesday afternoon that Year 3 journeyed over to the Secondary Auditorium to experience, first hand, the purpose of a play script. A piece of writing made for the stage for an audience to enjoy. And we truly did enjoy ourselves! We laughed, we sat on the edge of our seats in excitement and at points we even sang along or copied the dance moves!
What have Year 3 walked away with from this experience you may ask? Firstly, the children were able to see how each of the actor's words helped to tell the story. More importantly they walked away having seen how each of the characters were brought to life by the actors using their voice and body language, supported by the costumes they wore and the props they used.
Having watched the performance the children will now have a superb reference point when they start to investigate the features of this genre later this term. It will provide them with a context to help them understand the importance of being clear and detailed when writing dialogue for their characters, as well as using stage directions to help the actors understand what their character is feeling and how they are behaving.
What a treat to be able launch our unit in this way, and having had this inspirational opportunity it can only help to further demonstrate to them that their writing will have a real purpose!
We can't wait to get stuck in to this genre of writing, and look forward to sharing some great videos of our young writers taking to a much smaller, but no less daunting, stage and acting out their own play scripts to each other.
Emma Wakelin, Head of Year 3