Live Theatre at St Oswald’s C of E Primary School
The summer term got off to a brilliant start at St Oswald’s with the visit of M & M Theatrical Productions on the first afternoon back. M & M are a touring theatre company that specialise in performances for schools. Their shows have become a regular item on our school calendar and are always enjoyed by the children. This time all the children watched their performance of Alice in Wonderland. The show was full of music and fun, with plenty of audience participation as well. It was certainly a big hit with the children! As a bonus, after the show the Year 5 children enjoyed a drama workshop led by the actors. They learnt about characterisation and performance and were also taught about some of the more technical aspects of the play such as sound and lighting.
Drama is a very effective tool in building confidence in children and enabling them to express themselves. For this reason, drama plays a large part in the curriculum at St Oswald’s, not only giving the children the opportunity to watch live theatre but also the chance to perform themselves. This term we have three plays in rehearsal. Our Year 4 children will be performing a play about Jonah and the Whale towards the end of May. Some of our Year 5 children have been giving up their lunchtimes to rehearse a play about the Miners’ Strike as part of the Year 5 Drama Group. Finally, our Year 6 children will be performing their leavers’ play in their final few weeks at St Oswald’s.
The opportunity to perform is there from the very start of school. Each year our Reception children put on a Nativity play at Christmas and every class, from the oldest to the youngest, will be involved in leading our morning assemblies during the course of the year. The summer term also gives an opportunity for our musical performers to shine with our Music Concert early in June. For all these opportunities, the children learn the importance of hard work and preparation. They also learn to overcome their nerves so that they can stand up in front of an audience and give their best. These experiences not only create lifelong memories but also develop the confidence and skills that help the children succeed in the classroom too. So “break a leg” to all the children who will be involved in any of these performances at St Oswald’s this summer term.
Hawksworth School News.
The second half of the Spring Term has been a busy one at Hawksworth.
Early in March a number of student teachers from Bradford College visited Hawksworth for a day. They had planned a range of Science activities for the children who had fun being out in the sun whilst learning new science facts.
The children have been on a lot of visits out of school this term. Years 5 and 6 visited the Media Museum in Bradford for a day, Years 1 and 2 visited the Railway Museum in York for a day and Years 3 and 4 spent a day at an outdoor pursuits centre Nell Bank in Ilkley. The children thoroughly enjoyed all these visits.
Class 3 – years 3 and 4 – visited St Oswald’s Church for a morning for ‘What’s the Story -Easter’. This is the telling of the Easter story in an imaginative and interactive way and the children all left with a bracelet of charms to remind them of the story.
In school an Easter Garden competition has been held and attracted a record number of entries this year. A winner was chosen in each year group and each winner received a prize donated by the Friends of Hawksworth.
We finished the term by holding an Easter Service at St Oswald’s church. Class 4 retold the Easter story, the ensemble displayed their musical talents and the whole school sang enthusiastically to an appreciative audience which included parents, carers, grandparents and governors.