As our UOI is focusing on how we express ourselves, we've been finding lots of ways to do this.
Following on from last week's 'I Am' poems, we began to look further into poetry techniques as well as how different cultures express themselves through poetry. We started off with creating our own made up words for nonsense poems, using 4 words repeated in different ways to create poems and playing with the structure of sentences from books and turning them into poems. Then,we began looking at Haiku poems which originate from Japan and focus on nature and the seasons. We wrote haiku poems with partners before writing individual poems and were given pictures of various scenes to write about.
In preparation for our concert, we began to research The Black Nag which is a traditional English folk dance. We've also been comparing it to dances from different cultures to see if there are any similarities or differences. The dances the children chose to compare it to are:
Dragon Dance (Traditional CNY dance)
Shishi-Mai (A Japanese lion dace)
As I write this, the children are currently taking part in a drama workshop. They're learning how we use our bodies as a tool to express ourselves and are having a lot of fun with it! The main focus is learning how to improvise which is a very useful skill to learn, especially with our performance coming up next week! Today they've been working on freeze frames, poses to show different emotions, facial expressions and making the most of the space around them. We can't wait to see what the second half brings tomorrow!
Here is what some of the students had to say about the workshop so far:
We are a group of 8 and 9 year olds who are kind, fun and imaginative!