A dramatic way to aid learning at Tarbert Academy

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Tarbert Academy primary pupils took part in a drama workshop based on the topics the children are studying.

Rachael MacFarlane, a former pupil of Tarbert Academy, ran the one-day workshop, offering 45-minute sessions to five different year groups within the school.

The history-based workshops which Rachael stages usually take place in London where she lives, but after being given the opportunity to offer the workshops to the Tarbert school she was pleased to help.

Rachael said: ‘I loved bringing drama to the school in this way. I still remember the drama performances I did in Tarbert school.

‘I feel drama gives the pupils a different perspective on the topics they are doing, bringing them to life.’

Tarbert Academy Parent Council funded the workshops for the primary school.

‘The children were a delight,’ added Rachael, ‘and put on some excellent performances, with everything from Scottish castles to the Gruffalo, from Australian wildlife to World War II and the Blitz.’

Many of the pupils said the workshop had helped them understand their topic better, while the teachers said it was something they continued to work on with their pupils in class.

The pupils had a great time, with very positive feedback.

One P2/3 pupil commented: ‘It was super good and made you think,’ while  a P5/6 student remarked: ‘It was a fun way to learn.’