Poppy The Penguin
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By Caroline Hoile
When Poppy the penguin finally accepts that her beautiful home in the Antarctic is warming up, she becomes very concerned. What will happen to her little family and all the creatures in Antarctica if the earth gets too hot? And is there still time to put things right? Set in the magical continent of Antarctica, with fabulous songs about Antarctic wildlife, this compelling musical has a heartfelt message about the climate and environmental crisis. With an engaging storyline and vibrant songs Poppy the Penguin encourages us all to make changes to the way we live to help save our natural world and its wonderful creatures.
Complete with story, music and MP3!
Performance Time approximately 55 minutes
A Performing Licence is needed to perform this musical. Click here for more information.
Poppy The Penguin supports the KS1 and KS2 science curriculum and relates to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 12, 13 and 14.
A Most Colossal Squid
Okay, confession time! I’m not a musician or even a teacher of music. I am a science teacher who is passionate about environmental education. When I heard Grumpy Sheep were putting together a musical on climate change I was delighted. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) might come up with some of the solutions but the creative Arts are essential to communicate and spread the word of some of the serious issues we will all face in the future.
The setting for this story the Western Peninsula of the Antarctic where Poppy the Penguin, a climate denier, gets a reality wake-up call. Her musical journey covers why climate change is happening, what the effects will be and what we can all do about it. Pupils will be introduced to the animals and landscapes of the Antarctic through some fantastic song lyrics and wonderful narration. The songs such as Act Now, Leopard Seals and Blue Whales are catchy, toe-tapping sing-a-long tunes that will engage singers and audience alike. The production would have huge potential for an awesome stage show with stars, chorus, costumes, props and backdrops.
Climate change is not so scary if we know what to expect and actively change how we live – using a musical to raise awareness is inspired. I’d highly recommend Poppy the Penguin to encourage children, parents and the wider school community to make lifestyle changes to help protect our natural world and its many amazing creatures. It’s the perfect time to put the A for Arts for STEAM.
UN Accredited Climate Change Teacher
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