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Drama

School staff have worked closely with trained drama teachers so that they can teach drama effectively in school. Using key texts and topics drama sessions focus on developing key dramatic techniques; still image, thought tracking, role play and physical theatre. Through reflection and response children are enhancing their thinking skills and applying drama techniques to successfully communicate a range of characters, events and emotions. Drama teaches children to become self-assured, expressive, sociable and imaginative and they learn how to tackle situations with resilience, creativity and courage. 

 

Storytelling

The magic of stories are brought to life by our staff who are trained in the art of storytelling. All children have stories read to them or told to them every day and get the chance to immerse themselves in a range of books by exciting and engaging authors. Each class has story boxes containing high quality texts made up of books recommended by Pie Corbert and also teacher favourites. Staff use story telling cloaks and crowns to bring stories to life and engage children in this magical experience. 

 

Spoken Language

Children are introduced to and encouraged to use, some of the main features of Spoken Standard English and they are taught how speech varies according to circumstance and audience. At Hall Green Infant School we encourage the children ‘to think it, say it, count it, write it and check it’. This strategy supports the link between the spoken and the written word.

We believe that by using the correct standard spoken English throughout school we will enhance pupil’s vocabulary, improve their language understanding and meaning of words and provide them with the skills and grammatical features to include in their writing.

There are many opportunities for children to use their presenting and performing techniques in school with weekly class assemblies, year group assemblies and celebration assemblies. The assemblies and circle times develop the children's speaking and listening skills and are a great way of building children’s confidence in this area.

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