Year 3 pupils take over!

Year 3 pupils take over!

Step aside Horrible Histories and Wimbledon - Year 3 pupils take over!

Performing the opening scene of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest as well as improving tennis skills were in order for over 200 primary school pupils. Year 3 pupils from St Nicholas & St Laurence Primary, Radipole Primary, St John’s Primary, Bincombe Valley Primary and St Andrew’s Primary School visited the Wey Valley School in Weymouth for fun and informative drama and tennis workshops.

Year 3 children learnt about William Shakespeare, the plays he wrote and the history of the time, to help them to create and produce an authentic and creative drama performance of their own.  Julie Harris, English teacher at Wey Valley said, “The pupils used a range of props, scripts, drawings, spells and poetry, and not to mention sound effects and physical theatre to deliver their performance.”

The children performed their interpretation of The Tempest using dramatic ideas by The Royal Shakespeare Company.  They learnt how the performance may have looked if it had been performed in London during Shakespeare's time.

Mrs Harris added, “All of the pupils worked with enthusiasm and their creative ideas were nothing more than boundless and brilliant - William Shakespeare would be proud!”

A session in the Wey Valley Tennis Centre followed with leading coaches from Weymouth Tennis Club with a focus on mini-tennis and developing their racquet skills.  Ryan Matthews, Tennis Liaison Officer at the Centre commended the Year 3 pupils with their energy and determination, “The tennis workshop has been a great success with lots of mini games, fun and pupils coming away new skills”.

Rachel Startin from St Andrew’s Primary School, added, “It has been brilliant, all the children really enjoyed both the tennis and the drama, it had been a lot of work for the children over the day and they all coped with it very well.”

Sara Adams, Principal at the Wey Valley School said, “We were delighted to see so many year 3 pupils visit the school to experience Shakespeare and Tennis and I would like to thank my staff for organising some really exciting and interesting drama and sport workshops – it was lovely to see so many younger children in school having a great time.”