Catherine Junior School

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Curriculum Planning - Autumn Term 2016


How can traditional tales be brought to life?

Year 3: Miss Echeverria, Miss Parmar, Miss Kazi, Mrs. Clark, Ms. Turner and Mrs. Parr
Subject focus for the project: Speaking, Listening, Storytelling, Drama
Project summary: In this project children will be storytellers/orators, performers and producers.
They will consider the structure, characterisation and setting of some traditional tales as well as how to perform it in order to entertain an audience.
First half term:
* Learn from an expert: award-winning RSC actor and story-teller, Anthony Pedley, visited the school and retold Roald Dahl's The BFG to launch this project as well as celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl!
* Explore the world and characters of some traditional tales with the help of immersive learning and adults in role!
* Become familiar with a variety of traditional tales; practice story & language structures through repetition, role-play etc.
* Start to learn story-telling skills to support performance based on their own experiences as an audience: what makes a great performance? What helps to bring the story to life?
* Begin to build confidence in public speaking and verbally presenting ideas.
* Map existing traditional tales / box them up. Use this structure as a basis for innovating existing stories or inventing new tales of this style.
Second half term:
* Develop an independent and resilient approach to improving one's own performance, and providing specific, kind and helpful advice to peers in order to help them improve their story-telling. This links very closely to the school's focus this academic year on developing a growth mindset, which is so crucial for self-esteem and lifelong learning.
* Improve memory of chosen tale through development of skills such as story mapping, text mapping, actions and practice!
* Decide how they will present their tale in order to bring it to life for an audience.
* Consider use of voice, face, body and props to assist oral performance.
* Rehearse, developing drama/performance skills with a focus on the audience’s enjoyment of the show.
* Share their learning with parents and others from the school and wider community as part of an exhibition in order to demonstrate what they have learnt as well as grow in confidence in their own abilities as story-tellers.
"If they don't know it, they can't say it. If they can't say it, they can't write it." Pie Corbett
"Reading... feeds pupils' imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds." ... "The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing." Primary National Curriculum