On the spot

10th March 2006 at 00:00
Sarah Finch drama teacher Wallington Girls' High School, Surrey

Our time at the hostel provided a really good background because a lot of the techniques covered helped to build a story, which is especially important for key stage 3 pupils as it helps them understand what makes a good story. The way he presented his ideas and then gave the children a chance to explore them fits in with what we have been teaching. So far, Year 7 has been exploring mime and improvisation using a variety of stimulants such as sound effects and props, and Year 8 has been involved in melodrama and is now looking at homelessness through improvisation.

The kids who took part are gifted and talented and they thoroughly enjoyed it. They have taken into their lessons a good sense of the structures they learnt, such as making sure they had a strong problem to overcome. The sessions also helped them to bond with other pupils. The workshops support our drama classes at school by offering an extension of the studies for KS3.

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