For The Thinking Body project at St John the Divine, the children in Year 4 have been using their science and literacy time to explore ideas about shadows and light and how they inspire us to move. We have experimented with torch light and projections in the hall and shadows in the playground to notice the changes and distortions that occur depending on where the light source is coming from.
We have created shadow duets and group work using the children’s new knowledge about mirror neurons and the role they play in helping us to copy movement exactly in order to learn and expand our movement skills. The children have also written acrostic poems using topic words to express their creative writing ideas and made silhouette artwork to capture the shape of their hand gestures.
We shared some of our discoveries in the KS2 assembly to celebrate the children’s 10 week journey of connecting their thinking and movement, exploring and channeling their fantastic energy and ideas.
‘I feel when I am dancing the amazing concentration coming through my brain’ by Yafiet
‘I felt happy because it was like all my problems flew away’ by Isaac
‘I felt so alive and active’ by Sumaiyyah
‘I liked everything because it was creative and enjoyable’ by Inayaht
‘We have had a fantastic thinking body experience!’ by all the children in Year 4