Goliath attacking... very authentic volunteer!

Goliath attacking... very authentic volunteer!

Words from Marei: Last week I joined Tony and a volunteer doing a drama/poetry workshop at Archbishop of York Junior School. The topic of the lesson was David's story. The children got the chance to take part in three bits of drama. I think it was really good to start the lesson with an interactive activity including all of the children. There were main parts like David and the King, but the other children could also join the play being sheep or foxes. The first scene showed David as a shepherd caring for his animals. The childern could use facial expressions and gestures to show their emotions as either being afraid of the fox or being relieved for having David with them. The next scene was about David being chosen to be the next King and the third part was about the famous battle against Goliath. To my mind, all the children had fun watching and being part of the drama. It was an authentic way to convey the message of the story. After the drama, the children were to write any sort of poem about the story. Tony gave examples of personification poems, giving an object a voice and the children were to create their own poem. Here is one example out of a lot of very good work. Try to guess who or what is speaking in here:

God saved his life. By Ellie Adams

Innocence.
I saw it.
I saw the innocence.
Shadowing his eyes.
Pain beat in his heart.
Banging on his chest.
Boom, boom.
The grip.
The sweat.
Feel the tension, feel the fear, feel the anger.
I felt the jealousy.
Can you duck?
Can you run?
Save your life.
But you won't.
But you can't.
Your just Dave.
Your nothing.
I heard it.
I hate it.
I don't want to do it.
I don't want to kill him.
Yes I'm strong, yes I'm sharp.
But that means nothing.
I'm pulled back and I fly.
He can duck.
He can run.
God saved his life.
 
Not only were we amazed at the children's work, but also the teacher, who said afterwards: "Tony and his team made the session fun, relevant and educational. All of our students were engaged in the story. Perfect way to start the poetry lesson! Thank you." - Nicola Holbrough
At the end there is only one more thing to say: The work YoYo does is so diverse and colourful that I am happy to see how many schools give us the opportunity to show what we can do. Thanks!