This half term in their English lessons, Year Six are studying Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. They have been learning how to express movement and emotion using method acting. Last week, Mrs Rutter, a former secondary school drama teacher, led a workshop for the children.
The children were asked to portray the rivalry between the houses of Capulet and Montague. Mrs Rutter demonstrated to the children how to use the face and body to show different types of emotion, such as anger, pain, excitement, terror and so on. At first, it was a challenge for some to show these emotions effectively without using any words!
The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience. They found the process very thought-provoking and siad that the experience has altered their thinking about drama. We hope this will help them to find alternative ways of expressing emotion in drama lessons and in their written work in the future.