Christmas For Schools 2020

 
 
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Create A Christmas Play In Your Classroom To Video And Share Or Just Do For Fun!

 
 Weekly presentations by experienced Drama teachers Louise and Julie via video links to be shown in your classroom at a time that suits you 
 
        Class activities demonstrated and fully explained 
 
Designed to encourage students to input their own unique ideas, characters and storyline 
 
Optionally Children's work could be recorded each week towards completion as a film for sharing with parents/other classes 
 
Teacher's Documentation, Free Music and Image Links, Classwork Spin-Off, Research and Competition Option for Upper Primary
 
                                       
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Dear Colleague, 
 
We hope you are doing well in these difficult times, with the celebrations for Christmas not going to be exactly what we're all used to in terms of school plays, theatre trips etc. However creative solutions do exist and we'd like to share what we can offer you and your school in the run up to Christmas.
 
Many teachers have become familiar with the use of video over these months. We have been using Interactive Video techniques for Drama Literacy programmes and Teacher Training for some time now with excellent feedback from class and head teachers. 
 
 
These are 2 such stories by video for teachers to use in their classrooms to put together their own Christmas presentation which could be done for fun or filmed to share with other classes and with parents.
 
The programme is being delivered in a series of 5 Episodes in total (one each week over 5 weeks) taking the students through a storyline with drama activities for them to do week by week. 
 
All 5 Episodes are now up and running on the Video Page Link that you will receive 
 
If you are filming there will be plenty of time to make tweaks to put together the final video before the end of term and if you are doing it just for fun then you can take your time.
 
TEACHERS ONLY NEED BASIC VIDEO EDITING SKILLS AND VERY OFTEN THERE ARE STUDENTS WHO ARE FAIRLY ADEPT AT DOING IT. 
 
 
THE STORIES 
 
 
Upper Primary - The Christmas Hut 
 
 
 
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE CHRISTMAS HUT VIDEO PREVIEW
 
 
Set in a secret Lapland forest, preparations for  Christmas are about to begin and the forest elves want to be selected by Santa for this year's present drop! We meet lots of funny, interesting characters and the cliffhanger at the end of Episode 1 indicates that there is also a perceived danger in this forest and our storyline explores this idea. As a central theme to the story we aim to show that things are not always what they seem and to encourage empathy with characters who are not always terribly popular.
 
The storyline is introduced to Upper Primary students and importantly, is designed so that each class taking part inputs their own unique ideas/character/scenes/ use of effects/ backdrops etc Teachers can use the content to inspire other areas of the curriculum very easily.
 
The episodes are very simply set out so that the classes can film their scenes after each episode in preparation for the next week's episode.
 
Film has its plus points in that the children can do several takes, use different areas of the room, it's in the here and now and they don't have to worry about remembering lots of lines for a show to a live audience which can be a bit scary for some children.
 
Full teacher documentation will be provided and links to free/royalty free music and image sites will enable them to add these to their films.
 
 
Teachers can contact us at any time throughout the Project for help or advice.
 
 
Competition- Optional
 
We are also running a competition for Upper Primary with 3 Certificate Categories:
 
1. Most Creative Video - Looking at how the students have created their own version of the story.
 
2. Best Characterisation - Children love characters so here we're looking at their invention and portrayal of their characters.
 
3. Best Technical - A chance for any students who have editing skills to shine and show what they can do. 
 
 
Of course schools could also run their own in-school competition for all classes taking part and select their own categories. The idea is that each class will create a film unique to them but inspired by the supportive structure of the storyline that we will provide. 
 
Children can also rename the story, add their own credits, school name etc based on our template.
 
The closing date for our competition film submissions is Tues Dec 8th.
 
 
Experience tells us that children will rise to the challenge of a competition and enjoy filming for parents and other classes but of course there is no need to film at all - participation in the programme can be just for pure fun.
 
The School Price for this 5 Episode Video Programme and Activities is a total of £180 for potentially all Upper School Classes to participate in. 
 
For an individual teacher in a school taking part the cost is £44. 
 
 
 
 
Lower Primary - Eve's Christmas 
 
In this story a little girl called Eve has her Birthday on the day before Christmas. This, she finds is not such a good thing as everyone is pre-occupied with Christmas preparations to be thinking about her Birthday. She decides to rebel against this but does she succeed in sabotaging Christmas? 
 
 
Young children love to play with a story and in these weekly episodes over 5 weeks they will be taken through whole class activities, paired and groups scenes that the teachers can supervise and select for filming. The key parts can be played by different children in every scene ensuring every child has a turn. Again the story can be filmed and edited to share with parents /other classes or just for Christmas fun in the classroom.
 
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE EVE'S CHRISTMAS VIDEO PREVIEW
 
 
 
 
Eves Christmas Picture 
The School Price for this 5 Episode Video Programme and Activities is a total of £​95​ for all ​Lower​ School Classes potentially to participate in.
 
For an individual teacher in a school taking part the cost is £37. 
 
 
 
Schools can do both the Upper and Lower Versions for a price of £240 in total.
 
If your school budget is tight at the moment it would be well worth asking your Parent Council/PTA to help because we absolutely know that parents would be behind an initiative such as this. For some classes parents have paid a small amount to cover the cost.
 
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SOME OF THE FEEDBACK SO FAR ON THE CHRISTMAS FOR SCHOOLS PROJECTS
 
We have done weeks 1, 2 and 3 so far. The children are loving it. I think the videos are a really good level for my P5s and just the right length. It's helpful seeing you two act out example scenes then they can copy and adapt it for themselves.
Thanks so much, we're enjoying it! Have recorded some videos so we will put it together and share it with you. Rosie with P5

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The kids are loving it. I only teach them for 1 and a half days so it’s a bit of a rush each week but the difference in their confidence is easy to see. 
It’s allowing some not so academic kids to shine but as they are younger they don’t stray from the story too far. I can sort what isn’t explained with a bit of a title page on the video. 
We are in the Scottish Borders so all but 3 of the kids have a iPad and are filming and editing themselves! 
I think it is really user friendly and the black strip of writing helps us all to remember the important bits.  Vicki with P5
 
Thanks for creating such a wonderful selection for the class, our children are very enthusiastic and love Eve's story. Much appreciated and thanks again for such a wonderful work! Laura with P1
 
Using a green screen for filming below with P3

Niicolas Green Screen

 
Should you have any questions for us on any aspect of the programme we will be delighted to help you.​
 
 

  

 
 
"“The first Deadeye lesson went really well and was observed by an Education Officer you in West Lothian Council and is a former head teacher as part of the VSE last week. She loved it! She said the lesson/teaching & learning was “very good” with elements of “excellence”. She emphasised the importance of how children need to have experiences to write about rather than just thinking up a storyI just can’t rate the lessons highly enough.” Natalie Marnie with P6    
 
 
                                           "They were immersed and totally hooked into it." Donna O'Neill with P7
 

"For the teacher the format is simple to pick up and nice to have the teaching input. Katrina McIntosh with P4 

 

"The time length between activities is very good- the children anticipate the Over To You!"   Amanda Carmichael with P4

 

"Your explanations of what to do are clear and the class are ready to get on with it when you say and now, it’s over to you." Audrey McLeod with P5

 

"I am absolutely loving these lessons  I was just wondering about how you'd feel about me maybe filming myself "doing" one or two of the lessons in an interactive way and sending it out to my families." Kara McMillan with P2

 
 
 
 
 
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