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Week beginning 22nd February 2021

Monday 22nd February 2021


Welcome back, Year 4. I hope that you've all had a nice week off!


For the next two weeks, we are going to be looking at play scripts in Literacy. Today, we're going to look at some examples of play scripts. You're going to have to act them out to see which ones work the best and work out what makes a good play script.


I've also included a couple of links here for you to explore behind-the-scenes of the theatre:

 - National Theatre

 - Aladdin Behind the Scenes


LO:    To be able to evaluate play scripts.
I can remember to:

 - read the text carefully.             Can you tell what’s going on?
 - act out the stage directions.    Can you tell what to do?
 - speak in character.                    Can you tell how you should say the lines?
 - give each script Two Stars and a Wish.
 - explain what you think a good script needs to have.

I'm so pleased that many of you realised that Red Riding Hood didn't make any sense - the writer totally forgot to tell the actors what was going on!


Jack and the Beanstalk was better, but it relied on a narrator to expalin what was going on and repeated itself.


The best script was Jack and Jill because it gave the most clear direction about what was happening in the story and what the actors should be doing. 


So, what are the main features of a play script? See if you agree with the School Run thinks that a good play script needs.

Tuesday 23rd February 2021


Good morning, Year 4.


We are going to spend the next three Literacy lessons doing some drama work. I am trusting you to concentrate on the videos and to really use your imagination during the drama portions of the lessons. 


It will be really useful for you to understand the setting for our drama work so if you didn't complete our History lesson yesterday, then please do that first before you tackle this lesson.


LO: To be able to put yourself in a historical role.
I can remember to:

 - listen carefully.
 - think about the characters’ feelings.
 - create a character profile for Powell and Nareen.
 - react as another person, in another time.
 - explain how you think the characters should deal with a problem.

Wednesday 24th February 2021


Today, we are returning to the characters of Powell and Nareen to find out what they decided to do about the wounded stranger.


If you missed yesterday's lesson, you need to go back and do that one first as today's lesson carries on directly from it.


LO: To be able to put yourself in a historical role.
I can remember to:

 - listen carefully.
 - think about the characters’ feelings.
 - write a conversation (including speech marks and adverbs to describe speech verbs).
 - react as another person, in another time.

Great work on these conversations. Keep hold of them - you'll be able to use them again during planning and writing next week!

Thursday 25th February 2021


In today's exploration of the narrative, Nareen and Powell's fathers return to the village with news of what they found. Will the children want to hear it?


LO: To be able to put yourself in a historical role.
I can remember to:

 - listen carefully.
 - think about the characters’ feelings.
 - infer who the stranger is from what the men have said.
 - predict what will happen to the village next.
 - justify what you think the villagers should so with the stranger.

Great ideas. You seem to have understood the subtleties of the narrative - well done!

Friday 26th February 2021


I hope that you all enjoyed our work on the Wounded Stranger narrative. While the story that we have taken part in has been a dramatic narrative, it hasn't followed a traditional play script. I'd like you to write the script for this narrative next week so that when we return to school (or more likely after Easter) we can perform it in the forest school area and post a video recording of it on the school website.


Today, we're going to take part of the narrative and turn it into a story map.


LO:   To be able to orally retell a text.
I can remember to:

 - use actions to retell the story as a group.
 - create a story map to help me to retell the key events.
 - speak clearly when performing.

Great story mapping - I can't wait to see what yo come up with next week!