"Very well thought out workshop – children were encouraged to think more deeply about their local area. Sentences that came from children's ideas on day one had been woven into scripts to accompany statues that children performed. Good for children to work in a large group – they find this difficult. Children had to focus on listening and co-operation skills and work as a team."
"Fiona is an excellent drama coach with experience and a very engaging manner with the children. These sessions were excellent – well planned and delivered. All children were fully involved throughout and enthusiastic about the activities. The resulting performance was very good and we may well use it in a future Year Group Assembly."
"Children that I least expected to feel confident in this type of lesson surprised me."
"In a three hour session the girls produced two plays of high quality. This was our last workshop. It has been a fantastic experience to be taken off timetable and given the chance to be so creative. Thank you."
"Children were very engaged with the varied activities, which I think I can reuse in other sessions. Benefited from working together and co-operating in groups not necessarily their usual work or friendship groupings, and being able to express themselves creatively."
"Children were all engaged with varied activities. They co-operated in different situations. These activities will be able to be used again and built on in other sessions."
"Very well structured and organised. The workshop enabled the children to explore many themes of Portrait of a Nation. Because it was well structured it brought out the best in many children who ordinarily find drama difficult."
"Moira engaged the children in fun activities appropriate to their age and ability. A great chance for them all to practise/ develop speaking and listening skills."
"This year 4 class are particularly enthusiastic when talking and love drama activities. They really enjoyed channelling their enthusiasm through this workshop. It reinforces work on listening and taking turns in talking which we work on. It also allowed them to work in small groups and team situation. I would recommend this workshop to any year group in the school."