AusVELS – Level 3
Posted on January 29, 2013
The following are suggestions of ways “Don’t Move Puppet Theatre” could fit into the AusVELS Level 3.
These are just a few suggestions, there would certainly be many more. Excerpts are taken directly from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority website here.
Both my show and workshop incursions fit easily into THE ARTS curriculum. Students are shown behind the scenes of my puppet theatre and learn a great deal about performance. The workshops also develop a hands on approach to creativity and art. Even my handouts after each visit encourage the children to be creative in making their own mini theatres from a ‘colouring-in’ poster.
“Students apply and develop their arts knowledge by exploring arts processes and ways to communicate concepts arising from their personal experiences and from the world around them. Through the arts disciplines of Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts, both individually and in combination, they communicate ideas, observations and feelings using a range of media, materials, equipment and technologies to make arts works; for example, a class presentation could feature the performance. Students select, combine and experiment with ways of using a range of arts elements, principles and/or conventions, skills, techniques and processes, to explore arts ideas sourced from their imagination and from their own and other cultures. They reflect on their own and other people’s arts works and ideas, identifying key features of works and performances from their own and other cultures, and discuss the function of the Arts in their community.”
In CIVICS AND CITIZENSHIP confidence in your own abilities and public speaking are developed. Drama has a large influence on this area of development. After seeing my show or making a puppets, students can be encouraged to perform their own works, including writing simple scripts or performing infron of their peers.
COMMUNICATION is important in all aspects of life. At the beginning of my show sessions I discuss how to be a good audience member, how to listen well and join in when appropriate. Much of this is covered in the communication topic as per below.
“Students explore a range of aural, written and visual communication forms such as the Internet, film, texts and music which illustrate a variety of perspectives on a range of topics and ideas. They learn how to identify the main message, develop their own interpretation, and provide evidence to support it. They explore reasons for other interpretations not being the same as theirs and learn to respect the right of others to express opinions. During both formal and informal presentations, students explore the use of a range of verbal and non-verbal strategies, to enhance meaning and to engage their audience; for example, physical positioning in the room and use of props, costume, humour and audience participation. They begin to order logically the ideas that they wish to communicate. When developing formal presentations, students experiment with various forms; for example, a dramatic performance and use of presentation software. With guidance, they reflect on their own and others’ presentations and note the features that make them effective.”
My puppet making workshops easily fit into the DESIGN, CREATIVITY & TECHNOLOGY topic . Children learn to use different materials in new ways at the same time as being creative and letting their imaginations grow. My workshops are constantly used for this technology based topic to great result. Many of my workshop materials are recycled.
“Students begin to provide input into the development of design briefs. They generate ideas from a variety of sources, and recognise that their designs have to meet a range of different requirements. They learn to make realistic plans for achieving their aims and recognise that they are constrained by the availability of resources. They clarify ideas when asked, and use words, labelled sketches and models to communicate the details of their designs. Students learn to describe ideas and concepts about design, materials and technological systems in simple terms. They discover what characteristics and properties make materials suitable for a particular design or proposed product and how these can be combined in innovative ways to create solutions. In transforming novel ideas into products or simple systems, they are encouraged to take risks. They develop skills in the use of a variety of simple production techniques, such as cutting, mixing, shaping, joining and assembling and a range of materials to produce products, a puppet with moving parts. Materials could include paper and cardboard, food ingredients, fabrics, wood, plants and soil or other growing media. They learn to use tools and equipment safely and with some accuracy, to alter and combine materials and put together components to make a simple system with moving parts. Students are encouraged to give and receive feedback about their own and others’ products and simple systems (for example, a toy with moving parts), considering whether design solutions work and if they are appropriate for their purpose. They learn to keep simple records and reflect on the steps they took to design and make their own products and simple systems, including noting any problems encountered and changes made to accommodate these.”
My performances and their relevance to developing stories and scripts in ENGLISH are obvious. After seeing a show and behind the scenes, students are always inspired to go away and create their own shows for each other. I suggest how students can make their own theatres and I have seen this happen immediately when I return to the same school the following day.
“Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read, view and interpret spoken, written and multimodal texts in which the primary purpose is to entertain, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. These encompass traditional oral texts including picture books, various types of print and digital texts, simple chapter books, rhyming verse, poetry, non-fiction film, multimodal texts, dramatic performances, and texts used by students as models for constructing their own work. Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive types of texts including narratives, procedures, performances, reports, reviews, poetry and expositions. They understand how different types of texts vary in use of language choices, depending on their purpose and context. They create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features. They create texts that adapt language features and patterns encountered in literary texts, for example characterisation, rhyme, rhythm, mood, music, sound effects and dialogue. Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print, and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose. Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authors’ reasons. Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations. Use interaction skills, including active listening behaviours and communicate in a clear, coherent manner using a variety of everyday and learned vocabulary and appropriate tone, pace, pitch and volume. Plan and deliver short presentations, providing some key details in logical sequence.”
My shows and workshops can encourage talk of the HISTORY of puppetry. The obvious benefits of drama can also help students be more confident in sharing their work on history through different forms of communication including oral, graphic, written and role play.
Many of my shows touch on aspects of INTERPERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. In particular, “The Wizard’s Tale”, “Three Animal Stories” and “Punch & Judy” partially deal with friendship, getting along and bullying being unacceptable. Other shows too have strong morals written within them without necessarily being the theme or learning focus of the shows. Theatre and drama in general also has avery positive effect on children’s confidence and personal character.
MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE are also involved in a hands on way during my workshops. I discuss three dimensional shapes as the students endeavour to cut out a spherical head for their puppet from a cube shaped piece of foam. Even watching the clock to wait three minutes for glue to dry can be a valuable learning experience.
“Students tell time to the minute and investigate the relationship between units of time, make models of three-dimensional objects and describe key features. They tell time to the nearest minute. Students identify symmetry in natural and constructed environments. They use angle size as a measure of turn in real situations and make models of three-dimensional objects.”