Visiting the theatre has always been a high priority for our school. In fact we value it so highly that we have been taking the children to a performance every year. We visit the Vic Theatre in Stoke, as a whole school event. There’s something very special about sharing this experience with everyone from reception to year 6. We also invite the cook and caretaker, it’s a communal event!
It matters to us that children have the opportunity to see live theatre, to experience the thrill of performance. But we just don’t leave it there. This feeds into our creative learning, helping children to develop a love of reading and writing as well as developing their love of the arts. This year we saw The Borrowers! What child couldn’t fail to be absorbed by a miniature world of people trying to survive amongst giants?
Back at school we planned a range of learning experiences including making a skyscraper of Borrowers’ homes from shoe boxes.
The children completed this as a home learning task so that we involved the whole family. They were asked to create a room from a shoebox for the Borrowers and to be as creative as possible utilising scraps and discarded objects just like the Borrowers in the story. The more inventive the better.
As each box arrived in school there was a great amount of excitement and anticipation.
They had certainly risen to the challenge with lampshades made from champagne corks and hand woven rugs made from plastic bags. Before assembling the structure of homes each child paired up in class and talked about their individual rooms. They wrote stories about their own Borrowers and created other objects to scale like giant pencils and paper clips. The tower block of Borrowers Homes was a centre piece in the hall, everyday a pupil would find some new intriguing detail they hadn’t seen before.
So, from a theatre production of The Borrowers to a teetering tower of shoebox homes. How creative can you get?
Thanks to Chris Waterworth and Eira Cotterill of Pear Tree Primary in Nantwich for sharing their teaching and learning experiences with us.