Foundling : a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown.
Thematic content in this unit: Curriculum connections:
Folk tales and legends Literacy, Literature, History
Museums and curation History, Social Studies, Leisure and Tourism
The history of The Foundling Hospital (C18) Social History, Citizenship
Moral and emotional aspects of parenting PSHE, Citizenship, SEAL, Geography and abandonment
An introduction to the work of Bertolt Brecht Drama
Dramatic techniques and keywords in this unit:
The use of visual stimulus/pretext Dramatic reconstruction Depiction
Ritual Mantle of the expert Montage
Tableau and tableaux vivants Staging a text Commemoration
Teacher in role Choral work Physicalization
Symbol Tension Atmosphere
In this unit, students will explore the theme of foundlings . As stated in the introduction, and in common with other units, the drama is structured in layers of increasing sophistication and complexity. Starting from relatively simple beginnings, each layer adds another dimension to the potential learning opportunities available. The work unfolds in such a way that a number of particular investigations can take place – across a wide range of curriculum areas and suitable for learners of varying experience and
ability – but from a common ‘holding form’: a drama structure that brings coherence to the unit as a whole.