Dra­matic way to aid learn­ing at academy

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Tar­bert Academy pri­mary pupils took part in a drama work­shop based on the top­ics the chil­dren are study­ing.

Rachael MacFar­lane, a for­mer pupil of Tar­bert Academy, ran the one-day work­shop, of­fer­ing 45-minute ses­sions to five dif­fer­ent year groups within the school.

The his­tory-based work­shops which Rachael stages usu­ally take place in Lon­don where she lives, but af­ter be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer the work­shops to the Tar­bert school, she was pleased to help.

Rachael said: ‘I loved bring­ing drama to the school in this way. I still re­mem­ber the drama per­for­mances I did in Tar­bert school.

‘I feel drama gives the pupils a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on the top­ics they are do­ing, bring­ing them to life.’ Tar­bert Academy Par­ent Coun­cil funded the work­shops for the pri­mary school.

‘The chil­dren were a de­light,’ added Rachael, ‘and put on some ex­cel­lent per­for­mances, with every­thing from Scot­tish cas­tles to The Gruf­falo, from Aus­tralian wildlife to World War II and the Blitz.’

Many of the pupils said the work­shop had helped them un­der­stand their topic bet­ter, while the teach­ers said it was some­thing they con­tin­ued to work on with their pupils in class.

The pupils had a great time, with very pos­i­tive feed­back.

One P2/3 pupil com­mented: ‘It was su­per good and made you think,’ while a P5/6 stu­dent re­marked: ‘It was a fun way to learn.’

Tar­bert pupils get into the swing of the drama work­shops, which helped their un­der­stand­ing of class top­ics.

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