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Resource 4

National Drama Drama

Community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism
A resource for teachers to use in the classroom

Resource title
The Green Children of Woolpit
Source: See attached Word document lesson plan and Word document story monologue
These resources provide a drama lesson on the 12th century story The Green Children of Woolpit, an East Anglian medieval legend about a green boy and girl from another world, who unexpectedly find themselves near a Suffolk village. The villagers accept them into their community, but the boy pines for his homeland and dies. The girl settles, marries a local boy and learns to speak the language of the villagers.

The focus of this teaching and learning is on valuing, understanding and accepting cultural similarities and differences, and on encouraging empathy with and care of people who are new arrivals to a community or country. The drama brings the feelings and dilemmas of the story alive and supports active, positive, whole-class engagement, action and reflection in role.

Drama Strategies and Conventions used include:
Teacher in role, Improvisation, Still Image, Freeze Frame, Thought-Tracking, Conscience Alley, Small group playmaking, Performance carousel, Ritual, Mime and movement, Image theatre.

Key learning objectives include gaining appreciation that cultural diversity and migration into a community can be a positive change, and that tolerance and empathy are a collective responsibility of that whole community.
Links across other subjects within resource
English: Storytelling/writing - Newspaper report writing (modernising the event) - Scriptwriting dialogue - Old English language - epitaphs
History: Invaders and settlers (Norman England), Feudal system, Castles
Geography: Migration
Science: Natural dyes, Light and Dark (and its impact on the body)
Art and Design: Storyboarding - Creating a commemorative tapestry, sculpture or stained glass window
Design and Technology: Food and Healthy Eating
Additional support
Websites Picture Books
  • The Green Children, by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Alan Marks (1997), published by Oxford University Press; New Ed edition ISBN 13: 978-0192799586
  • Maudie and the Green Children, by Adrian Mitchell (1996), published by Tradewind Books; 1st edition ISBN 13: 978-1896580067
  • Opera score of The Green Children, composed by Nicola Lefanu, Novello & Co
Published drama schemes of work on The Green Children:
  • School Improvement Through Drama – Drama Unit 2 – by Patrice Baldwin (Autumn 2009), published by Network Continuum Education ISBN 13: 9781855394568
  • Beginning Drama 11-14, by Jonothan Neelands (2004), published by David Fulton; 2nd edition ISBN 13: 978-1843120865. A year 7 version of the legend is used with the green children being found in modern times.

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