This week we warmed up with the favourite chasing game Cat & Mouse and the group seemed much better at sharing their turns and changing up as much as possible. Then we switched into a focus and trust exercise – where one partner closes their eyes and is led around the space by the other partner without touch, following only their voice. We talked a little bit about trust in this game and about half the children said they trusted their partners. This is one of the major challenges of drama – being able to trust each other physically and also when sharing ideas and ways of working.
We then got into smaller groups with some large pieces of paper and did some brainstorming – on one page we wrote…
Things We’ll Miss | Things We Won’t Miss
Here are some of the things the children wrote about that…
Buddies Bun go Barr
Friends Having no lunch
Classmates Certain teachers
Small people Taunts
The pitch Little friend choice
The garden and butterflies Math magic
Certain teachers Weekly tests
Short days Two-month summer
No uniform Wet break
Less homework Being only in one classroom
Hot apple juice at hockey matches Assembly
Being the oldest Not taking sports seriously
Knowing when we have a test
And on another page we wrote…
Good Things | Bad / Challenging Things
And here’s what the children wrote about that…
Loads of lunchtime More homework
Vending machines Being in school for longer
Gym, swimming pool, hockey pitch Being the smallest / youngest
Twenty minute break Having to wear a uniform
More school trips Exams
More subject options Not knowing when you have a test
More people Stress
More sports Stricter teachers
New friends Having to be organised
Our own table Weekend homework
Hockey, basketball, rugby
Metal and woodwork
More and better sports
Less time with each teacher
The group then came back together and had a look at what everyone had written down.
We let that sit for a while and I asked the children to get into groups of three and work on the rhythm from last week – seeing if they could slow it down, speed it up and then add movement. This was some fast-track collaboration!
Then we came back to the lists and I asked each group to pick one thing from either of the pages and let it inspire them to create a scene. Some groups came up with an idea straight away, while others were less inspired by the lists. However, each group created something original. One scene, inspired by the idea of better school trips, was about a school trip to the moon. Another was an advert for hot apple juice at a hockey game. And another was an exam that turned into a class party.
This week: fast-track collaborations and drawing on our own ideas to inspire scenes.