In the first half of Term Three the Pre-Primary children are exploring and experimenting with using their voices, different sorts of facial expressions, gestures, movements and actions to portray a variety of characters, including animals. They also learnt about a facet of Aboriginal Culture, via storytelling and “acting out”, parts of a Dreaming narrative belonging to the Walpiri people called “The Pangkarlangu and the Lost Child”. In addition, the children will be participating in a whole class structured improvisation, set a pet shop, where they are portraying animals looking for an owner, as well as the pet shop owner and a customer.
They can be seen here portraying kittens in a movement and role-play activity, chefs creating a dessert in another and being a little child eating and resting at home camp before setting out on a big journey.
YEAR ONE AND YEAR TWO
The Year One and Year Two children are very busy in drama learning & rehearsing a musical play for their End of Year Music & Drama Concert in November. All Year One and Year Two students are performing in “The Pied Piper of Thompson’s Bay”; a fantastical story about the origins of a favourite mammal. In the photos below, the Year One and Year Two children can be seen learning and practising different parts of the opening scene of the play.
PRE-PRIMARY During the term the Pre-Primary children have been enjoying being involved in various creative movement activities and role-playing different characters. They have continued acting out characters and ideas from several books and have also participated in several whole class structured improvisations where they were puppies and then farm workers. In the photos below, the children can be seen; pretending to have eaten too much during a role-play activity; Acting Out a book called “Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna” and remembering correct posture during a speech segment of the lesson.
YEAR ONE The Year One children have been developing their team working and performance skills, as well as practising body and space awareness skills. They have started learning parts of the musical play they will be performing towards the end of the year. After a reading of the play, the children expressed their interest in playing individual characters. Here the children can be seen; learning a choral verse section of the play, with actions; and portraying rodents during a role-play activity.
The Year Two children have also been developing their team working and performance skills. In addition, the children have been working on their characterization skills as well as learning about plot structure and development. They also expressed their interest in playing individual characters for the end of year musical play. The children can be seen here; reciting a poem about a dog and portraying a pirate in a role-play activity.
PRE-PRIMARY The Pre-Primary children have been having fun learning about time awareness in drama class. They found out that actors move at different paces depending on the situation and character they are playing. They have been role-playing various characters and acting out situations, working on using pace as well as voice, face, arms and body to tell the story. In the photos below, the children can be seen Acting Out a book called “Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna”, as well as reciting a poem about bananas.
YEAR ONE The Year One children have been developing their vocal, improvisation and performance skills. The children participated in a play set at school as well as creating, rehearsing and performing a short scene for their peers. Here they can be seen reciting a poem called “A Little Worm”, imagining themselves in the school playground and creating a short structured scene in pairs.
YEAR TWO The Year Two children have also been building their vocal, improvisation and performance skills. They have been exploring animal characterisations in a play where they were animals concerned about their forest home. Like the Year Ones, the Year Two children also created, rehearsed and performed a short scene for their peers. Here they can be seen reciting a poem called a “Baby Sardine”, portraying animal characters in the structured improvisation and rehearsing the scenes they created.
In the second half of Term One the Pre-Primary children have been building a variety of drama skills including listening and responding skills, developing verbal and movement skills via “Acting Out” several different stories – including one to music, participating in a variety of speech and breathing exercises as well as learning to become more spatially and audience aware. Here the children can be seen; “Acting Out” a tale called “Pete the Cat” and portraying different sea creatures in a short story set to music.
The Year One children are continuing to have fun developing their drama skills. They have been participating in role-play, speech and movement activities as well as small group and whole class improvisations. Here the children can be seen; Participating in a whole class improvisation about a Sand Sculpture Competition and another play about a day out at an imaginary boat harbor; and also creating a short scene with a partner or small group which they later performed for the rest of the class.
And the Year Twos……
The Year Two children are developing and improving their voice, characterization and performance skills. They are also learning to work effectively as a team. Here the children can be seen; Digging in the garden in a role-play activity and participating in a whole class improvisation set in an ant nest called “Too Much Cake!”. They can also be seen rehearsing a short scene, created in pairs or small groups.
Pre-Primary The children in Pre-Primary have enjoyed experiencing their first drama lessons. They have been exploring imaginary worlds with voice, movement and role-play. They have been learning how to respond to the cue of the tambour and have had fun exploring the use of voice, face, arms and body to express themselves in different situations and as different characters. Here the children can be seen seen listening and responding to a story called “Going Home” which the children “acted out”, pretending to be characters and creatures in the story; learning about good speech, posture and breathing and responding to the cue to freeze in an animal shape.
The Year One children are also exploring and developing the use of voice and movement to communicate feelings and ideas effectively. They have been working on communicating emotion, situation and role through the use of face, body and gesture. In addition, the children have been practicing responding and thinking quickly and working co-operatively with others. They are continuing to develop their improvisation and performance skills through short activities, role-play and improvisation. Here the children can be seen reciting a poem about a “Mouse on the floor!”; Participating in a pair share activity about their favourite food and expressing the emotion “dreamily happy”.
And the Year Twos……
The Year Two children are raring to go in Drama this term! They have participated in several whole class improvisations already and will be creating their own scenes with a partner or small group. The children are continuing to work on improving their use of voice and body to express and communicate, as well as their improvisational and performing skills. Here the children can be seen moving large boxes in a role-play; portraying pirates and exploring an island as part of a whole class improvisation.
The last part of Term Four in Drama has been action packed for everyone. The Pre Primary children participated in several whole class improvisations as well as creating scenes in small groups. The Year Ones and Twos continued preparations for and then performed in their Junior Music & Drama End of Year Concert.
The Pre Primary children worked in small groups creating short scenes, with teacher direction, which some then performed for the class. In addition, during a short whole class improvisation, they pretended they were American Indians doing various jobs in their village. Another improvisation saw the PP children pretending to be Caterpillars emerging from their cocoons. They explored the garden looking for food and encountered a spider, before finally transforming into butterflies.
YEAR ONE & YEAR TWO
The Year One and Two children continued to refine their individual plays for the End of Year Music & Drama Concert. Then on Thursday evening the 10th November, the audience were enchanted when the Year One children performed “The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe” & the Year Two children presented “Cinderella”. Well done children, what a fantastic effort! In the weeks after the show, the children watched videos of their performance and made guided evaluations of their participation in the rehearsals and performance. They also worked in small groups creating, rehearsing and then performing a short scene for the rest of the class. A fun and relaxing way to end off drama for the year.
The beginning of Term Four has been full of action for everyone in Drama classes. The PP’s have been enjoying participating in role-play activities, a Dance Drama and creating scenes in small groups. The Year Ones and Twos are continuing preparations for their Junior Music & Drama End of Year Concert.
The Pre-Primaries participated in a Dance Drama where they were all clowns, travelling the countryside in a train, and performing for the people and the Queen. They have also learnt a poem about an elephant as well as being involved in a role-play activity about one. Another role-play involved them getting their parents agreement in going to the circus. They are currently working in small groups creating a short scene and then performing it for their peers.
~~~~~ YEAR ONE & YEAR TWO MUSICALS 2016~~~~~
The Year One and Two children are working hard to polish their individual plays for the End of Year Music & Drama Concert on Thursday evening the 10th November. The Year One children will be performing “The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”, whilst the Year Two children will be presenting “Cinderella”. Each year had a successful Dress Rehearsal, with an audience, in Week 3 of the term. It was a great way for the children to build up confidence for their upcoming performance.
At the end of term 3, Iona primary students showcased their gifts and talents by performing to their peers, parents and friends of the community. It was an entertaining afternoon of solo and group performances that included various instrumentalists, dancers and vocalists. We were privileged to hear a father and daughter team who performed a beautiful folk ballad that melted our hearts. Our Cultural Captains with their team of year 6 leaders stage managed the event with expertise. The audience were also invited to have a few “brain breaks” which included dancing the “Marcarena” and singing “I Knew You Were Treble”! It was an terrific musical afternoon. Congratulations to all our performers.
On 16th September the Year 5/6 Senior Choir and an ensemble of instrumentalists (violin, flute and guitar) from the primary school gathered at Corpus Christi Church Mosman Park to sing at the Mass for the Golden Girls (students who attended Iona Presentation College 50 Years Ago). It was a great honor for the primary students to sing and play at this celebration. Choristers and musicians are to be commended for their tuneful singing and playing. Year 3 students also performed a reverent liturgical dance while the Year 5/6 Choir sang “A Blessing” song.
It was a delight for the Iona community to listen to our budding Kindy to Year 6 musicians perform at the Junior and Senior Instrumental Concerts yesterday afternoon. Around 70 students performed on various instruments that included violin, cello, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, and voice. All students performed admirably with great professionalism. Congratulations to our instrumental students as well as your dedicated and passionate instrumental tutors.