With the advent of the coalition government, it is unclear whether the findings of the Rose Report will be honoured, however, judging from the Conservative manifesto, it seems unlikely that they will disagree with the general recommendations, which place a greater emphasis on key skills, cross curricular links and the concepts underpinning learning.
It was recommended in the report that Core Skills should run through all areas of learning:
- Learning and thinking skills - which include investigating and looking for patterns.
- Personal and emotional skills - which include working independently and setting goals.
- Social skills - which include taking turns, sharing and understanding other people's feelings.
The report recommends that in drama, pupils will create and take part in performances for each other, the school and the wider community. They will see live or recorded professional productions and work with musicians and performers.
All these areas are supported by Heart of Oak's new production.
How does The Princess and the Pigboy help support the curriculum?
The Princess and the Pig Boy encourages pupils' development as
- Successful Learners who enjoy learning and make progress and achieve.
- Confident individuals who are able to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
- Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The production supports the Every Child Matters initiative, making a contribution to the Enjoy and Achieve and Make a Positive Contribution areas, addressing the following priorities: Improve access to, and take up of, broader learning opportunities. Ensure that children and young people are better able to respond to challenges. Help children and young people to develop socially and emotionally. Consult and engage with children and young people.
The Princess and the Pigboy links into Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning by inspiring pupils to: See things from another's point of view. Manage feelings. Work together. Problem solve.
The production and follow up activities explicitly connect to the English, Art, Design and technology, Citizenship and Science curricula in the following ways:
English (during the production)
- Group discussion and interaction
Art and Design (the following can be demonstrated by students through post-show work on puppetry)
- Exploring and developing ideas
- Investigating and making art, craft and design
- Investigating the possibilities of a range of materials and processes
- Trying out tools and techniques and applying these to materials and processes
Design and technology (through work on puppet making as above)
- Developing, planning and communicating ideas
- Working with tools, equipment, materials and components
- Knowledge and understanding of materials and components
- Learning about the working characteristics of materials
Citizenship (through the production, workshop and question and answer session)
- Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities
- Preparing to play an active role as citizens
- Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
- Recognising how their behaviour affects other people
- Listening to other people, and play and work cooperatively
Science (through an education pack on oak trees)
- Life processes
- Green plants (growth and nutrition)
- How animals and plants in a habitat are suited to their environment
Education packs and lesson plans are available to support and develop the ideas and themes of the production.