A new twist on an old tale

06/08/12
Children dressed as two little pigs and the wolf

Year One and Two students at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Garfield Barwick School have written a new ending to The Three Little Pigs as part of their Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) curriculum focus on ‘shelter’ and their Creative Arts (Drama and Visual Arts) studies.

The students were not happy about the traditional ending to the fairy tale, where the wolf climbs down the chimney of the brick house to be boiled in a pot of water. Instead, in their revision, the wolf apologises for his being a bully and asks if they can all be friends.
 
The Year One and Year Two students, donned costumes they made together, performing with props they constructed in class - a straw house, stick house and a brick house.

The performance helped develop the student’s confidence speaking to a crowd, whilst also providing a fun, interactive language building activity.

RIDBC Garfield Barwick School caters for students with hearing loss from Kindergarten to Year 6 who are learning to listen and speak with the assistance of hearing aids and/or cochlear implants, providing the specialist support that students with hearing loss require to develop their speech and language.

“The students absolutely loved making the costumes for their performance, and they are now looking forward to performing the play for RIDBC preschool students later in August,” said RIDBC Teacher, Socorro Amos.

“Many of our students attended an RIDBC Preschool before coming to RIDBC Garfield Barwick School, so we will also use the visit to talk to the students about the HSIE curriculum concept of ‘change’. The students will be able to look back at where they came from and to see how much they have learnt and how much their confidence and language skills have developed.”

RIDBC Garfield Barwick School focuses very much on developing students’ audition, speech and language. By providing fun, hands-on activities the students also benefit from a social environment, actively involving them in a learning experience where they learn language in context.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children assists over 3000 children with significant hearing or vision impairment and their families across Australia.  

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.