The Respect Play in a Day was one of the very first we created at Altru, and its messages have stood the test of time.

The Play in a Day takes us around a local community, where there are some brilliant things happening – and some not so brilliant. Through a range of characters (all played by your pupils) the Play in a Day explores what respect means, including looking at graffiti, litter and vandalism, respect for older people and those that are different from yourself and valuing difference and diversity, in all its forms. The play ends with the talent catwalk – where children show their skills and talents, and what makes them special.

During a full school day children work with the Altru practitioner to develop their skills and understanding. They feed into the content of the day and create a play that is totally personal to them and their understanding. And they develop their knowledge of respect including ethics and legality.

We have customised this Play in a Day in the past to include other elements that are relevant to the school or wider area. Get in touch if this is relevant for you.

The structure of a Play in a Day:

– We start with warm ups and ‘getting to know you’ activities
– Then we move on to exploring the topic, through games and activities.
– We begin work on the play – the class include their own ideas and opinions and develop scenes, songs, poems and raps to go into the performance. Children are not given scripts, lines are delivered aurally and remembered through action & repetition – this makes the Play in a Day format totally accessible and inclusive.
– We reinforce learning and understanding throughout the day through questioning, break out activities and plenary games.
– Children are given costume and props and we integrate music during the day too!
– Around 2:30pm your invited audience arrive – this can be another class, the rest of the school and/or parents.
– The performance takes place – children put everything they’ve learnt into practice.
– Following wild applause, children are presented with a certificate and your class teacher gets a lovely resource pack of follow up activities to do in class.

Key messages of the Respect Play in a Day

– What the term respect actually means.
– Together we can make our area a better place – we all have a part to play.
– Everyone is different, special and unique and should be valued.
– The importance of respecting everyone in the community including older people and those that are different from us.
– That respect is mutual and self perpetuating – you have to give respect to get respect.