As part of our curriculum and conscious of the fact that our students should get to know, experiment with and value Theatre more, we have taken our Year 1 students to watch Puss in Boots. We believe that Theatre as a form of artistic expression, should begin from an early age. The performance took place at the José Monleón Theatre in Leganés. The work is a classic in European children´s literature and it allows them to reflect on values such as friendship, tolerance and respect which stem from the story.
Puss in Boots tells how as part of a mill owner´s inheritance, the youngest son in the family only receives the miller´s cat. His two older brothers do much better, but instead of abandoning the cat, he listens to him. “If you trust in me and you get me a pair of boots, we will escape poverty”, the cat tells him. The cat´s courage and cunning allows him to meet the King, and the Miller´s youngest son begins to be known as the Marquis of Carabas. He goes on to meet the princess and they end up getting married.
Recursos theatre company is made up of teaching and acting professionals who work with both students and teachers, so that these can enjoy first-hand, the magic of Theatre. Their project “Do Theatre” puts on performances in different languages, adapted to varying school year groups. Their aim with Puss in Boots is to develop a positive attitude towards learning English. Students´ participation and interaction with the characters promotes the practical use of knowledge and skills
By way of support and to further enable the experience, teachers have a copy of the script, the songs accompanying the play and teaching cards which are adjusted depending on the time available and language level of the students. This allows them to bring the play into the classroom and make the most of the enormous stimulating value which Theatre has. In fact, the anticipation generated means that the children are much more receptive throughout the whole process, leading up to the performance itself.
Without doubt, a story and an experience which our children will not forget.