During Science Week the children were set a challenge to create a puppet theatre. They needed a cardboard box theatre, puppets and a short script. Many were a little confused about the science involved until they were shown a video clip of a shadow theatre group called Attraction who performed on Britain’s Got Talent. The children were clearly moved by the story about love and loss but also totally amazed that the performers created all the shadow shapes with their own bodies.
The children set to work on their theatres. They found making the puppets much harder. All the detail that they wanted to add would be wasted. They worked out that a good strong outline was much more important than the detail on a character’s clothing.
The children also had fun making their own shadow shapes with their hands in front of the screen in the hall and their whole bodies behind a sheet much like Attraction had done. There were some very mixed results but a lot of laughter!