Rupert House School students were in for a particularly theatrical celebration of Chinese New Year yesterday, (Monday 4 February). To welcome in the Year of the Pig, children of all ages took part in a ‘Great Race’ themed workshop with Amy from West End In Schools.
The professional performer guided children through the story of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs, using dance and mime to explore the ancient folk story. Amy taught the eager young performers routines of choreographed dance as well as encouraging big and bold reenactments of the 12 Great Race characters. Children slithered, jumped and snorted their way through the sessions, joyfully acting out the different animals in the tale. Students were split into year groups for the workshop, meaning every age could be challenged, from Reception all the way up to Year 6.
Amy, from West End In Schools, said, “The idea is that we bring performers who work in the West End to come in and give the kids a bit of a taste of what we do. We usually work around stories, so for festivals such as the Chinese New Year we base it around the story of the Great Race rather than focusing too much on the cultural or religious aspect of things. We try to make it as accessible for everyone as possible, and educational. It’s showing kids that there are different ways to engage with stories and culture.”
Thanks to Amy and her wonderful workshop, the Rupert House Students enjoyed a creative and expressive education on the age-old Chinese ‘Great Race’ fable.