We love being used. We love schools getting the maximum return out of our visits. We’re excited when one of our productions is the springboard for further creative and imaginative work. So we are particularly delighted to have launched a whole year’s curriculum for an entire local Primary School.
At the end of our production of Little Brother and Little Sister, the Wicked Stepmother is still on the loose. She has been chased into the deep, dark heart of the forest but no-one knows what has become of her. Well now the children at Forches Cross Primary School do know. They know that when Little Sister and her new husband, the King, fell asleep after a picnic down by the river, Wicked Stepmother crept back out of the forest with a drop and a half of magic water. The drop froze the King into a statue. The half drop froze Little Sister apart from her eyes. She is still able to cry. To cry just twelve drops over an extended period of time. If these twelve drops are all collected together they can save Little Sister and the King.
The creatures of the wood witnessed what happened and they find Little Brother to tell him. In a series of workshops with different year groups we had rabbits and squirrels and hedgehogs and foxes and crows and owls and slow-worms and badgers and a robin and a dolphin (?) retelling the story to Little Brother. And letting him know that the Wicked Stepmother intends to move Little Sister all around the world so that it will be very difficult to collect all twelve tears.
As you might imagine, these world-wide environments correspond to environments that the children will be exploring as part of their curriculum – from Barnstaple Town to Exmoor, from the Amazon to the Arctic and many points in between. And they will have email contact with Little Brother and with a friend of his, an expert, who will visit the children during the year.
If all works out right and all the tears are safely gathered then they should be meeting Little Brother and Little Sister again at the end of the school year. What a great way to wrap up the curriculum in an imaginative and playful adventure. And how lucky we are to work with such a school.