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2 Contents Welcome More information and connecting to Hiccup Theatre online Preparing for your trip to the theatre Read the poem Things to do after reading the poem Drama Activities Other Activities Remember the Characters Remember the Story The Owl and the Pussycat activity sheet and programme (please note all children will be given a free printed copy of this at the end of the show. ) Other Edward Lear Online Resources

3 WELCOME We hope you and the children enjoy your trip to Hiccup Theatre s production of The Owl and the Pussycat. This learning reosurce pack offers some ideas for things to do in the class afterwards and also gives you pictures of the show to use in the classroom. You can also log on to our website to hear the songs again (Go to our Tune Up page). Hiccup Theatre also run workshops for theatre, nursery, school and youth settings. So please feel free to contact us if you are interested in booking a workshop. Please also check our website to find out about future productions. This is the best activity we have ever undertaken in our nursery, the creativity and the language the children used in this workshop was extraordinary Buckingham Playgroup, Shoreham by sea. You engaged them all the way through Teacher, Norwood Primary School The workshop hit key literacy targets but was fun and engaging for even the most challenging children Teacher I liked playing the piggy and the Owl it was really funny reception class pupil I liked the bright colours and all the songs Reception class pupil That lesson was fun, can we do it again Year 3 pupil Pupils from Norwood Primary School taking part in a Hiccup Theatre workshop

4 More information and connecting to Hiccup Theatre online See our Piggy on tour photo blog See our piggy-wig on tour blog. We take photos of our Piggy on tour at your venue and around the town for audiences to log into after the show. See our facebook page for more details. Children can leave a message for Piggy and he will reply. Visit our website On child friendly website you can see more photos from the show, hear our songs and learn more about the company. Look at our Youtube account de On our You Tube account you can see the trailer for the show and other trailers we have created. See our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/hiccup-theatre/ You can leave us a message and also follow our piggy on tour blog Chat to us on us

5 Preparing for your trip to the theatre Children s first trip to the theatre can be exciting and inspiring but if not handled properly it can also be boring and a little bit scary. Here are some tips to help your children prepare for their first ever visit. 1. Ask if any one has ever been to the theatre before. Ask the children to describe what happend / how did it make you feel / what was the best thing/ the worst thing. Explain that every theatre visit is different, make sure they understand that this time they will see different things. 2. Ask the question - what is theatre? A place that shows plays and performances 3. Ask the question what is a play? When people play at being someone else. 4. Show the children pictures of the theatre they will be visiting ask them to imagine what the seats will feel like, what the theatre might smell like, what colours they might see, what noises they might hear. 5. Contact the theatre s eductaion team prior to attending and ask if they run workshops to help children engage with their first theatre experience or child- friendly tours. 6. Look at the theatre company s website for more information on the show before you go. Pupils from Norwood Primary School watching a Hiccup Theatre show

6 Read the poem The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat: They took some honey, and plenty of money Wrapped up in a five-pound note. The Owl looked up to the stars above, And sang to a small guitar, "0 lovely Pussy, 0 Pussy, my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!" Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl, How charmingly sweet you sing! Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried, But what shall we do for a ring?" They sailed away, for a year and a day, To the land where the bong-tree grows; And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood, With a ring at the end of his nose, His nose, His nose, With a ring at the end of his nose. "Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling

7 Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will." So they took it away, and were married next day By the turkey who lives on the hill. They dined on mince and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon, The moon, The moon, They danced by the light of the moon.

8 Things to do after reading the Poem Questions to ask which test our understanding 1. How many animals are mentioned in the poem? 2. How long did the Owl and the Pussycat sail for? 3. Where do the Owl and the Pussycat get their ring? 4. Who maries The Owl and the Pussycat? 5. How do they celebrate their wedding? what do they eat? where do they dance? Questions to ask to help our imagination 1. If you were going to sail away for a year and day - what one object or thing would you take with you? 2. Why might the Owl and the Pussycat take money with them - what will they buy? 3. Why might the Owl and the Pussycat take honey with them? 4. What might they see as they sail for a year and a day? 5. What does Bong Tree Island look like? 6. Who might they invite to the wedding? 7. Where might Owl and Pussy-cat travel to next and why? Drawing activities Edward Lear was an artists as well as a writer. Look up some of his drawings, in particular his nonsense botany pictures. Guittara Pensilis by Edward Lear 1. Draw a picture of a wedding present for an owl and a pussycat 2. Draw a picture of all the animals in the poem. 3. Draw me a map of Bong Tree Island 4. Draw a wedding invitation to the Owl and the Pussycat s wedding. 5. Look at the pictures of Edward Lear s drawings of nonsense plants and flowers - make up and draw your own. 6. Draw a nonsense wedding cake.

9 Writing activities 1. Write a diary entry for Owl and Pussycat when they were on the boat. 2. Write a list of the nonsense flowers in the pusycats bouquet. 3. Write the reciepe for your nonsense wedding cake. Rhyming activities 1. Say the words boat and note to the class. Ask them to tell you what is the same about the words (they rhyme/have the same ending sound). 2. Discuss what other words that rhyme with boat and note (coat, float, goat, tote, quote, and so on). Have them say each word. 3. Say the following words : sea, owl, star, sing, wed, day, pig, hill, moon. Pause after saying each word and have them say other words that rhyme with each word. Allow them to list as many words as they can for each word you say. Other Ideas 1. Invite a musician who plays a guitar to visit the class and play for them and to explain how the guitar works. 2. write a list of words you do not understand or know. Look them up in a dictionary. 3. Circle all the rhyming words in the poem. 4. Write your own rhyming poem

10 Drama activities Warm up 1. Stand in a space on your own. make the biggest shape you can, make the smallest 2. Make the biggest face you can, make the smallest. 3. Make the biggest face and biggest body, make the smallest face and smallest body 4. Look at the spot you are stood in, see exactly where it is, what are you near? who are you near. In a moment when I say go for a walk thats what we ll do but when I say SPOT you have to get back to your spot as soon as is possible Now this time we ll go for a walk and when I say GO! you need to shake 3 people s hands and touch the floor 3 times thn when i say SPOT you have to get back to your spot as soon as possible 6. Now this time we ll go for a walk and when I say GO! you need to hoot like an owl, jump like a cat, oink like a piggy and display your feathers like a turkey. When i say SPOT you have to get back to your spot as soon as possible Thinking about the Poem / Play 1. Stand in a space of your own and make the shape of the piggy-wig / the owl / the turkey / the pussycat. How does that animal (character ) stand? How do they walk? If they could talk, How do they talk? How do they greet each other? walk around the space like this saying hello to others. 2. In a circle stand forward and introduce yourself in character - what noise might you make? Will their voice be high or low? slow or fast? 3. The Owl and the Pussycat need to pack for their long journey. Either in pairs, or in one large circle where the suitcase is in the middle - decide what the owl and the pussycat might pack. Start with I am the pussycat and I will pack... then mime what you will pack or I am the Owl and I will pack... then mime what you will pack. 4. The Owl and the Pussycat sail away for a year and a day. Lets imagine we are on a ship. Lets start by standing in the shape of a ship- you decide if you stand as an owl or a pussycat. Now lets move like we are on a ship., first lets start swaying gently from side to side in a calm sea, then lets think about how we might move if we are tossed by the waves in a stormy ocean. How will the movements change? Now lets play Captains Coming

11 Captains Coming! Port is the left hand side of the ship Starboard is the right hand side of the ship When you call out Port the children must all run to the left. When you shout Starboard, they must run to the right. Introduce some other actions connected to parts of the ship (e.g. Climb the Rigging! (mime rope ladder) Scrub the Decks! (mime washing the floor) The Captain is coming! (mime standing to attention), Look out from the Crow s Nest etc) 5. The Owl and the Pussycat land on bong tree island. Lets walk about the space as if we are just discovering this strange island for the first time. Look! there is something buried over there... lets dig it up... now lets put it infront of us and one by one when i tap you on the shoulder tell me what you have found. 6. In the poem the Owl and the Pussycat danced by the light of the moon How do they dance? Does the Owl and the Pussycat, the Turkey and the Pig dance differently? Can you show your character through their dance?

12 The Owl Remember The Characters

13 The Pussycat

14 The Storyteller

15 Describe them Describe their clothes What expression is on their face? What might they be thinking? At which point in the play do you think this might be? If they were to speak - what might they say? Tell me something you notice about them What can you see in the background?

16 Remember the story After the children have seen the show, show them these pictures to help them remember. In each of these pictures, tell me 1. what are the characters thinking or feeling? 2. which part of the story might it be? 3. what might the characters be saying?

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