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Devising the Dream

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Year 6 Girls have been busy performing their bite size interpretations of William Shakespeare's comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream.  After studying and exploring the play, pupils challenged their own thinking and skills of interpretation to produce short devised pieces.  Under the title "Devising the Dream", the girls will perform their work to their parents.

Mrs Worsley, English Coordinator, said: "The girls have worked with determination to assess and to continually improve their interpretations.  Each of the three KS2 Drama objectives has been satisfied.  More importantly, the pupils have taken pleasure in the creative learning experiences that they have encountered and in doing so have found out more about themselves and their motivations.  Each individual has worked as part of a team, exercising compromise to achieve the success of a common goal."

The benefits of studying drama are widely recognised.  Drama can make a strong contribution to personal development.  Being a creative form of communication, drama helps pupils acquire skills of listening purposefully, articulation, appraisal and enhances their ability to offer opinions.  It encourages thinking and planning skills as well as physical and perceptual competence.

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Bite size Shakespeare

Girls collaborated well to produce some bite-size interpretations of a Midsummer Night's Dream