Our School Holiday Drama Class Poems

Our School Holiday Drama Class Poems

Thanks to all the children and families who attended Sunshine Drama's School Holiday Creative Drama Classes last week.

Wibbly Wobbly Jungle Bridge

The preschoolers and I had a great time on our jungle safari. We explored role play moving as different animals and making their sounds through the jungle, challenging our coordination, balance and spatial awareness.

Together we drew on our prior knowledge and imagined what the jungle looks like.

We carefully navigated trees, streams and wobbly bridges! Towards the end of the session we rested under the letter A apple tree. We picked delicious apples working on crossing the mid-line and we wrote the letter A using our lions whiskers, elephant trunks and tigers paws!

Scrambled Snake

In the Scrambled Snake session we all took on the role of Private Eye Monster Spotters. The Butterfly from the forest called the office to tell us she had sighted The Gruffalo!

Fortunately she then flew down to the office to make an official statement. We explored, telephone conversational skills, hot seating and devising open ended questions using the W's and H as prompts.

Next we carefully packed our bags (mime) and set off on our quest to hunt for the Gruffalo.

After some trekking over varied terrain and portraying a few animals along the way, we finally found him!

We made Gruffalo freeze frames following the description from the story and revisited hot seating this time to gain some insight into the Gruffalo himself - who was indeed very friendly and just wanted to join us for lunch!

Twist a Poem 

Our 'Twist a Poem' class explored three contrasting poems. With Spaghetti By Pauline Cartright, students created an improvised scene whereby a spaghetti cooking disaster occurred in the kitchen!

We work-shopped the scene to build dialogue between the characters. Following on, we used a spatula (from the cooking!), to introduce the quick thinking Theatre Sports game 'Many uses of an object'.

We then created some frozen images based on Rachel Lyman-Fields poem, I'd Like to be a Lighthouse.

Adding spoken thoughts to each still image. From there the students devised and presented a short script centred around a problem on board the ship.

Lastly, it was onto an all time favourite poem - Daddy Fell into the Pond by Alfred Noyes. We played Freeze Frame Camera, and collated descriptive language based on the natural resources found in the garden from the poem.

Learning Intentions

Although the learning intentions for each session were different to meet the needs of each age group, there were two applicable to all classes.

We are learning to:
  • Develop our quick thinking skills
  • Confidently share our creative ideas with others.
In all classes, we used some natural resources (rocks, pine cones, leaves and twigs) as a stimulus to share descriptive language. We talked about what the resources, felt, looked and sounded like.

The children provided some great descriptive language which I have collated into poems (see below) for all to enjoy.

Well done authors, you should be very proud of your  thoughtful responses! You did a fantastic job!

Wibbly Wobbly Jungle Bridge (Preschool)

Jungle Explorers

Smooth, cold rocks,
crunchy leaves,
big twigs and bumpy pine cones.

 Scrambled Snake (Years 1-4)

The Forest

Hard, smooth, wobbly rocks, it feels rough... watch it roll - thump!
Pine cones are bumpy and lumpy and long tree twigs snap!
Soft, squashy, crunchy and rustly winter leaves!

Twist a Poem  (Years 5-8)

Winter Leaves

Light, but rough like sandpaper
Crinkly, rustling
Feels like paper.
Crunchy, flakey
Coiled and springy.


Thump on the ground
Like a loud shouting human.
Heavy and round,
Rough and tough.

Tree Twigs

Sharp, pokey
like broken bones.
Flaking twigs sound like ripping trousers

Ten creative and economic school holiday activities to do in Wellington!

Screenshots from Room on the Broom and Stick Man
Holidays start next week, middle of winter… Eek!  - what to do??

Look no further, here are 10 great school holiday activities that I have located and collated for your convenience.

Naturally the first on my list are my very own Sunshine Drama Holiday Classes

Sunshine Drama enable students to explore creative thinking, build confidence and become effective communicators and performers. Come along for a creative blast and see what our lessons are all about!

Cost: Gold coin / koha donation
Date:Thursday 14th July
Session Times:
9-9.40am 3-4 yr olds - Wibbly Wobbly Jungle Bridge      
9.50-10.50am Years 1-4, Scrambled Snake
11-12pm Years 5-8, Twist a Poem
Location: Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, Karori
Bookings: Are essential. Click the above link or 028 402 6793 or

Kapital Kids Theatre - DinoRock - A Musical for Kids

Written and Directed by: Aaron Blackledge

Cost: $10 per person (2+ years) $9 for groups of 10 or more
Times: 11am and 1pm Tuesday – Friday and 11am on Saturdays 
Location: Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street
Ages: All ages
Bookings: 934 0468  /

Synopsis from the website:
“DinoLand is overheating, and the only way it can be stopped is if all of the volcanoes erupt at once through the power of rock music’s vibrations. Enter DinoRoar, the best dinosaur rock band there is! With very little time left and the band unsure of their song choice, things are only made worse when the bass player Snarl decides she wants complete control and decides to steal the instruments and hide them. Will the band be able to find their instruments? What song will they decide to play? Can DinoLand be saved?"

Southern Cross 

Check the link for all of the awesome activities on offer at the Southern Cross during the school holidays! From puppetry, to art classes to interactive theatre, the Southern Cross has it covered!

Below are two of their free events. Info from the Southern Cross website…

“Interactive Kids Theatre - Saturday 9th July 11am
Join Playshop Theatre in the Guest Room for some entertaining and interactive kids’ theatre, using classic fairy tales. This free event is on the second Saturday of every month in the Guest Room.

Puppet Show and Workshop - Friday 15th July 11am & Saturday 23rd July 11am

Come see Fingal from KidzStuff Theatre perform an extra special School Holiday show with her puppet pals - then make your own! This free event is on the fourth Saturday of every month in the Guest Room.”

Kidzstuff Theatre - The Owl and the Pussy Cat

Written by: Rachel Henry, Directed by: Sherilee Kahui

Cost: $10 per person (2+ years) $9 for groups of 10 or more
Times: 11am and 1pm Tuesday – Friday and 11am on Saturdays 
Location: 4 Moncrief Street, Mt Victoria
Ages: For the whole family
Bookings: / 04 385 0292

Synopsis from the website...      

“This charming new work uses rhyme, song, and dance to tell the love story of feline and fowl, as our hero Pig Robinson leads young audiences on an adventure through time, across the sea and up into the bong trees. Come along to see how the Owl met the Pussycat and just what a Jumbly is! With our usual kiwi twist on traditional fairy stories, songs and audience participation (as well as a few jokes for the adults) The Owl and the Pussycat is sure to delight!”

Junior Detective Trail - NZ Police Museum
Cost: Free admission
Times: Thursday 7 July 2016 – Sunday 31 July 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Papakowhai Rd, Papakowhai, Porirua - Mana
Bookings: / 04 385 0292
Age: For all ages

Event Info from the website:

“The Junior Detective Trail is an activity sheet that leads children throughout the museum. The Trail is jam packed full of activities that will keep children of all ages entertained!

Plus: We have all the usual favourites including police uniform dress ups and the M.O.T. motorbike; they make a great photo opportunity for the young and the young at heart! For kids who want more of a challenge, try the Senior Detective Mystery.”

Room on the Broom and Stick Man - animated films

Cost: $5 Per person (Under 3 Free)
Times: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11am, both weeks of the hols
Location: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki Street
Bookings: see website
Note: “Classification: PG - some scenes might scare very young children

Synopsis from the website:

“Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, ZOOM! Multiple award-winning Room on the Broom!

A kind witch invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

And then, meet Stick Man! Stick Man lives in the family tree, with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.

Out for his regular jog, Stick Man is picked up by a playful dog and launched on a series of unfortunate adventures that take him ever further away from home. The seasons pass, until Stick Man meets a surprising friend who might just be able to help him get back. But will he make it home in time for Christmas?”

Weta Holiday Programme

Cost: $30- $50 per student
Times: 2 hr workshops and different times during the day. See the link above.
Location: Corner Camperdown Rd & Weka St, Miramar, Wellington

Ok, a little bit not so economical but I couldn’t resist adding it in!A chance to go behind the scenes and see how the magic at Weta evolves! From working with props, sculpting or rocket building, there is something for everyone! See the link for more details of each workshop.

The Magical Fantasy World of Roald Dahl

Cost: Free of charge
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 14th July, 11am
Miramar Library: Friday 15th July, 2pm
Karori Library: Tuesday 19th July, 11am
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 19th July, 2pm
Central Library: Wednesday 20th July, 11am
Johnsonville Library: Thursday 21st July, 11am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Friday 22nd July, 11am

 Ages: 6-12 Years              
Bookings: No booking required

Event Info from the website:

“Due to the release of the movie The BFG and with 2016 being his 100th birthday, we are celebrating that amazing author - Roald Dahl.

During the school holidays kids can whizz-pop their way into a library for some whoopsy-splunkers fun! We will be exploring the life of Roald Dahl, learning Gobblefunk (the language of The BFG), competing in a clever matching game, and creating dream jars. Your kids will be frothbuggling if they miss this one.”

Hutt Welly Libraries 

This is just one of the awesome creative events our Hutt Welly Libraries have on offer these hols! Check out the above link to check out the event schedule.

Cost: Free of charge
Times: Monday 11 July 2016 3:00pm – 4:00pm  
Location: Lower Hutt War Memorial Library Cnr Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Ages: All ages                  
Bookings: No booking required
Event Info from the website:

“Join Peter Wilson, creator of the award winning children's theatre company, Little Dog Barking, and meet some of their cherished handmade puppets up close.
Peter will read the books 'Guji Guji' and 'Duck, Death and the Tulip' which their shows are based on, and demonstrate how to make your own special little puppet.”

The Great War Exhibtion: School Holiday Adventure Programme

Cost: Child Educational Tour- $5.00. For the Poppy Workshop, Book Reading, & for Supervising Adults, their is no charge
Times: Monday 11 July 2016 – Sunday 24 July 2016 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Dominion Museum Building, 15 Buckle Street, Wellington
Ages: All ages         
Bookings: No booking required. Children must be accompanied by a supervising adult with a maximum of 3 children per adult.


 Event Info from the website:

“Created by Sir Peter Jackson and supported by ANZ, The Great War Exhibition tells the story of the First World War in brilliant colour. This world-class exhibition melts away the last 100 years and creates an engaging experience for children to learn about and understand this pivotal time in history. Explore, learn and create with our inspiring guides these school holidays.

- Educational tours departing daily at 10:30 am, helping children to connect further with the exhibition.
- Free poppy-making workshops in our on-site cafe - creating poppies to take home or to put on the memorial in the Exhibition, available daily at 11:30 am.
- Free book readings from a selection of the stunning books from our themed Exhibition shop, available daily at 12 pm.”

“Kids also receive a complimentary adventure pack to enhance their understanding and make it all even more fun.”

Happy Holidays!