October 19th 2017

Year 7 iweek Update

Lots of smiling faces in Year 7 this week!

In Dance, Year 7 have been exploring a number of very powerful themes taken from the story of Matilda. We have explored these through movement, creative thinking and artistic expression. A series of workshops have challenged, inspired and motivated our students to fully delve into a world of dance and literacy.

One group of dancers considered how life can sometimes make you feel trapped; the barriers that at times hold you back and stop you from achieving your goals and following your passions. Next we investigated the idea of conformity and agreed that actually it’s ok to be different. We should all be able to follow our dreams and be who and what we want to be.

The dancers in the other group were inspired by Matilda’s love of reading and how this transported her to new worlds, providing both a sanctuary and a source of escapism for her. Following this, our dancers then took some time to open up about their own hopes and dreams about what they want to do and be when they grow up.

In Art, pupils have been exploring Matilda’s world by asking pupils to think about their aspirations and hopes for the future and how to overcome adversity. Pupils are creating an illustrative page of their own story, which is a vision of their own hopes and dreams for the future.

This week, in Drama, our Year 7 students have been looking at the relationship between Roald Dahl’s Matilda and various popular folk tales. Our students have identified links between themes, characters and messages, and will lead exploration of these in Friday’s performance.

Through a mixture of dialogue, tableau and theatrics, we will explore how Matilda can relate to the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Pied Piper of Hamlin and The Ugly Duckling. Perhaps Matilda’s librarian, Mrs Phelps, even suggested some of these texts for her all those years ago.

Created in our drama studio, the overwhelming majority of dramatic decisions were made by the students themselves. Our students have used moments of solemnity and humour, to construct something memorable, both for them and the audience, that will transfer into a bigger performance space.

In Music this week, year 7 have been thinking about how to tell the different stories that Matilda comes across - and the messages that they bring. We have been creating music for all the emotions that are needed in the stories: mysterious, celebratory, sad, scary, and everything in between! Pupils have had to show real rigour and responsibility, as they compose and rehearse for the show. Pupils have experimented with a huge variety of instruments and will be finishing off their performance with a great finale...!

Over the course of the week, all Year 7 students have worked collaboratively, in order to create something magical. We hope that you will enjoy watching our performance, as much as the students have enjoyed creating it.