Winter Poetry with Year 2
As part of an enrichment programme for Year 2 pupils, our head of Drama, Bernadette Stewart a group of Year 7 boys from Aldwickbury visited The Vale Academy to lead a drama workshop in Winter Poetry. In all we led four classes of an hour length in which we used the text, ‘Stopping by a Wood on a Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost.
The children were shown pictures of snowy woods and asked to find words that described the trees and then the snow. They offered a rich vocabulary which we used as the basis of a movement piece to create the wood and the snow falling down. Having filled the space with a snowy wood we split into groups, with the Aldwickbury boys each leading a group, to see if we could use our imagination to discover who the traveller might be, why he or she was travelling through the night and what the promises he or she had made were.
To bring alive a poetry through drama and to enhance vocabulary.
Part of a broader partnership between Aldwickbury School and The Shared Learning Trust.
The Vale's School Hall.
The workshop enabled the children to imagine different story outcomes.
The traveller was: A daddy going to the North Pole to prove that Santa was real. A wood cutter getting fire wood for everybody. A snow plough driver who promised to clear the road so people could travel home for Christmas and they had to spoil the beautiful picture to make the road safe. Father Christmas delivering presents. A poacher who promised never to steal from these woods again.
All of Year 2 - 75 children.
An annual event.