Both Year 4 classes at Michael Faraday School have benefitted from a week long workshop introducing the pupils to the idea of Indonesian gamelan. This refers to music made mainly by percussive instruments. The workshop fitted perfectly into the theme of International Week that we were celebrating at our school.
The workshop worked towards staging a final performance. As well as the music, the Year 4 pupils were involved in staging an elaborate puppet show. We started off by being introduced to a traditional Indonesian play. The pupils explored the characters, and then looked at the plot.
The next stage was to create some shadow puppets for our performance. Some of the children became involved in the puppetry, whilst others provided the musical gamelan accompaniment for the play.
An intensive couple of days of rehearsals then followed. Each class member had either an acting or musical contribution to make. We were proud to present our gamelan production for our parents and carers at the end of the week.