It’s Not Rocket Science is an activity in English that involves magic, juggling, and puppetry. Learning English is combined with a fascinating walk through outer space.
Ruskus Patruskus plays a mindless secret agent with a risky mission: going to outer space searching for aliens.
Children will become the crew of the rocket. But first, they all have to learn a bit about the planets, the solar system, the stars, and the galaxies.
When the kids and Ruskus finally arrive at the planet of the aliens, they amaze at their changing color: now the aliens are red, now they are blue. What is the reason for this mystery? They have to do some experiments to find it out.
All the play words and expressions have been carefully chosen to suit the middle and upper cycles. The activity also uses visual actions to strengthen its understanding.
Fact sheet and video
LANGUAGE: 95% in English and 5% in Catalan
AGE RANGE: 8 to 12 years old (3rd to 6th grade)
SUBJECT: spies and science fiction
DURATION: 45 min
PERFORMANCE AREA: minimum dimensions 3 x 4 m
EQUIPMENT: sound system is provided; there is no need for neither platform nor special lighting
SET UP: 45-60 min; strike 25-35 min
From the first moment, the little ones were hooked and involved. In the end, we made evaluations in class, and both teachers and students liked it a lot. Despite being in English, it was fully intelligible, and the little magic tricks give it added value. This year at school, we are doing a project on theater, and Ruskus’ performance was a lesson in overcoming shame, opening the gaze, projecting the voice, and many other things. 100% recommendable!
– Edu R., Escola Parellada (Sant Boi de Llobregat)
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