The latest Comenius Project -funded by the Education and Culture DG Lifelong Learning Programme is based upon Fairy Tales – and as soon as I heard that I knew that the MRC should be involved.
It is a two year project working with some of our students (11-18) from Thomas Deacon Academy and other schools across Europe,- Lincolnshire UK; Germany; and Slovakia.
Fairy Tales with princesses, wicked stepmothers and wise kings are an integral part of childhood. The project covers three stages – Research and Investigation, Skill Development and Enterprise, Presentation and Evaluation, and includes a range of activities for students to enhance literacy and communication skills and stimulate an interest in other people, places and cultures.
The recent workshop allowed the students to investigate the meaning and importance of fairy tales, and look more closely at a few fairy tales including Jack and the Beanstalk; The Golden Goose, Baba Yaga and others.
They had to look at who the main characters were; where the story takes place; main plot; what the ‘key message’ might be and look at the symbols and motifs in the stories.
This is all preparation for the next workshop when they write a script for a performance of a modern version of “Jack and the Beanstalk”