This week was an exciting one as our group project was officially launched at St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary and Archdeacon CE Primary! Throughout the term the children will be creating their very own version of the myth of King Midas.
First thing was first though, I had to tell the story. How could this Greek Myth be introduced and told in a way that would enchant and excite the groups? Well I decided not to tell them the story. Well not in the traditional sense anyway. No, the children revealed the story themselves through participating in their very own silent movie. For this week we looked at telling stories through mine.
We began the session with a challenge. Walk around the room like...
A Princess, A rich King and a Greek god watching over everyone from the clouds. (These were all characters the children would meet later in the session) the challenge here was to mime these characters and not make a sound.
It was soon time to up the challenge as I called out, 'get into groups of 5's or 6's and more! The focus here was setting the groundwork for teamwork as I emphasised the importance of helping each other out. If they saw someone without a group, could they welcome them into theirs? How could they help each other to get to the right numbers?
Once we had played a few rounds of how fast could we form groups I upped the challenge even further. This time once the groups were formed could they make the shape of a castle together, then a river, a bed, a cloud and finally a throne. These were all objects they would come across later in the story. What brilliant teamwork we had from all of the groups and some fantastic imaginations! My personal favourites were the singing and breakdancing river at St Elizabeth's and the King's bed that moved across the room like a crab at Archdeacon.
The children then went on to create their own silent movies with appropriate backing music! Can’t wait to find out what the groups come up with next week in our ‘create the world of the story’ session!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!