|From The Snow Queen illustrated by Vadislav Erko - note all the tools of learning in this illustration|
The whole idea of using the setting to immerse student senses and live storytelling is to engender learning of often-challenging subjects for kids. And it works. It really, really works!
Here's the short report:
SCENES from Hans Christian Andersen's Snow Queen turned St Mary's Church of England Primary in Stansted into a fairy-tale world.
Pupils felt like they were stepping into a storybook after staff gave the primary a revamp during a (pupil free) day.
It set the backdrop as children started a two-week project basing all their literacy and artwork on different versions of the much-loved story.
They were treated to a performance of the play by Quantum Theater, paid for by the school's PTFA.
"Seeing the school transformed was a wonderful surprise and caused great excitement," said Kate Maginn, English co-ordinator. "All the children produced quality pieces of writing and art, whatever their age."
Quantum Theatre for Science was founded in 1988 as a direct response to the lack of educational drama available to schools on the subject of numeracy and science. Over twenty years on, nearly three thousand schools each year see Quantum performances, using them to introduce or re-enforce these topics, making Quantum Britain's foremost science and numeracy-based theatre-in-education company.