Grace Darling

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By Clare Bevanformer primary teacher and author

She may have a name associated with Blackadder, but this Darling demonstrated a bravery that was not thought possible of women at the time…

Grace Darling

Stormy seas

‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter’ (available online) is a play that will need some exciting sound effects. These include spooky, sparkly ‘Time Travel’ music; the gentle noises of a calm sea; and a stormy sea! Ask the children to suggest a variety of objects that could be used to make tinkling, swishing and thundering sounds. How about bicycle bells, rainsticks and large wobble boards?

Once you have assembled your instruments, sort them into three containers. Now divide your class into three groups. Challenge each group to create one of the sound effects, and give them the appropriate instruments. Each group (with an adult helper) should devise a short piece of mood music, then return to perform it to the class. The three finished effects can be recorded to use in the play.

Time travellers

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