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Dudley boys in at the deep end

St Margaret’s at Hasbury – 14th Feb 2014

Day 1 at St. Margaret’s at Hasbury. Well, once again, I am so pleased to be able to say that I spent the day working with a very enthusiastic and very capable group of Year 5 and 6 boys, who really engaged with and got stuck in to the project.

Following our warm up I decided to throw the boys in at the deep end and ask them to work creatively around the idea of individuals who have had a positive effect on the world and those who have had a not so positive effect. The responses both in terms of the individuals they chose and the physical language they began to create was astonishing. The boys picked some excellent examples and then really experimented with how they could represent these people through movement.

Having spent some time working on contact skills, we then explored movement ideas relating to the idea of whether we help or hinder individuals, and whether our response is sometimes counterintuitive. Travelling across the space, the boys looked at how they could manipulate each others' pathways by physically interrupting the movement as a hindrance to the journey. We then began to explore lifting and different ways of enhancing each others' movement.

All in all, a very productive day! I’ve definitely been left with lots to think about and will be planning our next line of inquiry very shortly!