Ostrich Boys Teacher Day

Ostrich Boys Teacher Day

The REP is pleased to announce a CPD Session on Saturday 16th July for Key Stage 3 & 4 Teachers, supported by published resources and led by the Paul Bunyan & Ruth Moore, authors of the Ostrich Boys Methuen Drama “Critical Scripts” Teaching Activities.

This practical Inset will demonstrate how the development of critical thinking lies at the heart of good practice in Drama and English. The structured active learning approaches outlined in the workshop and associated scheme of work enable pupils to build their learning and construct their understanding. Drama activities are used to:

  • Analyse writers’ complex techniques and skills
  • Understand texts in a cultural and historical context
  • Understand writers’ intentions and choices of language, structures and ideas
  • Analyse the different contributions made by novelists, playwrights, directors, narrators
  • Analyse images, drama and literary techniques

Using the playscript adaptation of Ostrich Boys by Carl Miller, the workshop will demonstrate how active approaches to the Play and its origins in Keith Gray’s novel can develop students’ drama skills and analytical thinking.

During the three hour workshop in the morning, participants will explore the text in the context of the new GCSE English and English Literature specifications (text approved by AQA and Edexcel for the relevant Controlled Assessment Tasks) Strategy Framework objectives, with emphasis on National Curriculum Programmes of study, Assessing Pupil Progress (APP) criteria and tasks, creativity and cross-curricular dimensions.

The workshop is based on the teaching activities published by Methuen Drama in Carl Miller’s adaptation of Keith Gray’s novel Ostrich Boys, written by Ruth Moore and Paul Bunyan and will address the current GCSE English and GCSE Drama requirements. Participants will receive a copy of the published Playscript including the Teaching Activities for use in schools.

The workshop leaders
Paul Bunyan is a Drama Education consultant with many years experience teaching Drama across all phases and providing training in his role as a county adviser for Drama and the Arts. Ruth Moore, currently a Deputy Head Teacher at Hasland Hall Community School in Chesterfield, is an experienced teacher of English and Drama. Paul and Ruth have provided Drama training for the National Strategy, are co-authors of NATE Drama Packs, the student/teacher materials in recent Heinemann Plays and are series editors for the Methuen Drama Critical Scripts secondary playscripts.

Cost: £50 per teacher; includes lunch, a copy of the playscript with teaching resources and a ticket to see a matinee performance of Ostrich Boys by The Young REP Company at The Old Rep Theatre.

To book please call The REP’s Learning & Participation team on 0121 245 2092 or email learning@birmingham-rep.co.uk