WebPlay is an internet-based project that enables primary schoolchildren from contrasting areas to work with a professional theatre company to create, produce and perform short plays.
An amazing project that helps schoolchildren learn about different parts of the world, through theatre and a broadband connection
WebPlay is a web enabled theatrical experience that encourages improved communication and understanding between schoolchildren living in contrasting areas.
For many of these children, WebPlay is their first introduction to the internet and the project develops their skills in using the net as a means of communication. The children learn to build their own web pages, write about their lives and describe where they live, all within the safety of a secure, educational platform.
The project is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils and focuses on the English, literacy, ICT and drama aspects of the National Curriculum. It is divided into four phases, each with clear objectives.
WebPlay first launched in the UK in November 2003 and received excellent feedback from those who took part. Independent evaluations have concluded that taking part in Webplay is a highlight of a child's primary education.
Culture Online has extended its support for the project to enable it to build on its success, and deliver an expanded programme on a self-sustaining basis.
Child enjoying the website
Children performing their play
Children participating at the WebPlay launch
At the launch
Estelle Morris with children