If you go down to the woods today…
Following on from last week’s evocative descriptive work, Year 7 pupils from Mrs Chinnock’s English group have been reimagining Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’. And what better place to pluck this fairytale-esque poem from its pages than the Beech Walk, with its shaded corners, tall trees and foliage?
First of all, the children took part in a whole-group improvisation. As Laura and Lizzie (Ollie S and Charlotte R) walked together along the pathway through the woods, goblins emerged to offer their luscious wares. The Beech Walk was filled with the alluring cry: ‘Come buy. Come buy.’ The pupils’ imagining of the goblins showed remarkable creativity, with twisted body shapes, striking facial expressions and a host of varied sound effects.
After this, the children worked in small groups to capture Laura’s fate as she succumbs to the goblin fruit. Drawing on myth and fairytale, the pupils showed how Laura’s fate is closely interwoven with that of Eve, Pandora and Snow White. Physical theatre, choral speaking, mime, puppetry and thoughts in the head were amongst the techniques used by the children with marvellously imaginative results.