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Theatre performers bring lessons to life

The Bitesize Theatre Company performed Robin Hood Babes in the Wood for children at St Nicholas' CE Primary School, Marton. Pupils who took part, from left, Gracie Charlesworth, Mia Bennett, Harrison Straker and Gabriel Bessedik.

The Bitesize Theatre Company performed Robin Hood Babes in the Wood for children at St Nicholas' CE Primary School, Marton. Pupils who took part, from left, Gracie Charlesworth, Mia Bennett, Harrison Straker and Gabriel Bessedik.

Men in tights and a fair maiden made Monday morning lessons at St Nicholas CE Primary School come to life.

A troupe of performers from Bitesize Theatre Company visited the school to perform Robin Hood and launch its annual writing week.

Pupils from Reception to Year Six will be producing writing based on the legend all week in a bid to boost their reading and writing skills.

And youngsters at the primary on School Road, Marton, donned the fancy dress of their favourite characters from the story of Robin Hood stealing from the rich to give to the poor.

Teacher Debbie Twist said: “We wanted a stimulus to engage the children and they really enjoyed the performance.

“We do a style of teaching writing where children really absorb a story then they’re able to write their own type of story, so they can link back to it.”

Children will take on various writing tasks, from penning their own adventure stories to producing descriptions of scene settings or writing reviews of the Bitesize performance.

Each pupil will write two pieces each, to be displayed in the school hall for an exhibition for parents on Friday, January 24.

Mrs Twist added: “It’s a real audience for them.”

Alice Irving, nine, said: “It will be really good to have our parents in.

“I’m looking forward to doing my Big Write on Robin Hood, the show was really fun and it’s inspired me with ideas for writing.”

Last year’s writing week saw an ‘alien’ ‘crash land’ in the school grounds, sparking the children’s imaginations and prompting youngsters to write a range of reports and stories on the incident.

10-year-old Amelia Shearman said she’s looking forward to learning new vocabulary after improving her spelling through the alien themed week in 2013.

She said: “I’m excited for school this week because there’s lots of fun things to do.

“It was really good to have the show and learn from it, it gives us ideas of things to write about. We’ve got to include lots of figurative language and similes.”

Thomas Young, eight, said: “I was excited for school today and to learn about Robin Hood.”

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