The Mystery Of Dragon Castle
Learning about food safety through drama

Background

It’s vital for primary school children to know about food safety and hygiene. But how will they learn best about such topics? We had already created a theatre-in-education performance for the FSA in Wales and now they wished to build on that successful learning approach.

What we’ve done

We designed and developed a drama workshop, The Mystery of Dragon Castle. To meet the needs of Welsh schools, we recruited and trained bilingual actors.

Starting in the school hall the narrative develops through to smaller group workshops where the facilitators go into classrooms and interact in character with the pupils who become junior science sleuths. The aim is to solve a mystery using the curriculum to explore food hygiene issues. Facilitators and pupils then work together to find the solution. The workshop culminates in a short performance that encourages pupils to reflect on what they have learnt.

Impact

  • The Mystery of Dragon Castle has reached over 400 primary schools in Wales, targeting the most deprived areas
  • Audiences range between 50 and 200, involving the whole school
  • 9 out of 10 teachers said the events were effective or highly effective in improving pupils’ understanding
  • Awarded an EVCOM Clarion for best Interactive programme and best External Live Event.

“Have not had that much fun in ages! Forgot how much fun you can actually have while still making it educational.”

Teacher, Bryncethin Primary School

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