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Horbury Primary drama activities with Year 4

Written by Isobel Davys

On Monday 26th November, Jemima Murray, Polly Jackson, Emily Garner; Louise McStay, Lily Winter and I (Isobel Davys) all headed down to Horbury Primary Academy to do some drama activities with a Year 4 class. This was part of a PiXL Edge activity, which is a programme that we use to build our initiative, organisation, leadership and other similar skills, to help us when we apply for jobs in the future, as it shows that we are capable, mature and trustworthy.

We will be doing the drama activity for the next three weeks. This week, we started off by playing the name game, to gain the children’s trust and build their confidence skills. We then proceeded to play the ‘bean game’ which is where the leaders will shout out a type of bean, for example, broad bean, and the children have to do the action that matches the name of the bean. This improves their listening skills and helps them to realise that you must follow instructions, especially when following stage directions in a drama piece. The last game we played was wink murderer, which was just a chance for the children to have fun, and also act out a small death dramatically when the ‘murderer’ winks at them.

Afterwards, we split into groups, and using a pirate theme, we created a small drama piece to perform to the class, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. They had the chance to express themselves and contribute with imaginative ideas to create a play. Once the children had performed, we asked them what they thought had gone well and what they could work on for next week. We plan to help them develop these skills using a new theme, which is currently undecided.

Overall, we have undeniably enjoyed working with the lovely Year 4s and are looking forward to next week!