There are different ways that you can do the plays with your class:
1. As a Performance
For instance, this could be:
For the other year group class
For the Upper Key Stage
(in an afternoon, or an assembly)
Parents / carers could also be invited
A performance doesn’t have to be too time-consuming. “Rehearsal” is really the time it takes for the children to familiarise themselves with the story. It can be done in two weeks, or spread over a block – however it works for you.
The children do not have to learn the script. All performances can be done with script in hand.
The benefit of a performance is that more people will engage with the experience, and the issue. Also, the children can immerse themselves into their characters more, and so the story will be more powerful to those watching.
2. A Reading
In Circle Time or PSHE – all of the subjects of the plays relate to issues that are covered in PSHE lessons
You could set aside one afternoon for “drama”, ending with a rehearsed reading
You could use it as part of a reading lesson/lessons – over a week/two weeks, or spread over a block
A “reading” of the play can be a powerful experience – as long as time is allowed for the second reading, where children can change the outcomes.
3. A Cold Reading
This is the ‘quickest’ option, but still a valuable one. It can be done in one session as a class – a first reading of the play, followed by the second reading (to explore different outcomes), and a discussion.
However you decide to do Play4Change, you’ll be giving the children an opportunity to shape their ideas around issues that are relevant to their lives.
The key word is flexibility. With the plays and the supporting material, you can choose the way that works for you.
In The Plays section you will find a step-by-step breakdown of the process, the playscripts, accompanying guidance notes, resources and useful links.
The important thing to remember is that ‘taking part’ IS the most valuable part for the children. There is no expectation for extensive rehearsals or a polished performance. The essence of Play4Change is to get children thinking, playing, discussing and exploring different solutions.
The issues explored within all of the plays are those which may affect children now and in the future.
After participating in Play4Change, the children can think about what they’ve learned from the experience, and how to take this forward.
So, with each play there is a “What Next?” resource. This will encourage children to consider:
How their understanding of the issue has developed / changed
How it might influence their present or future actions
What they can do