The King's new clothes. 2: He got no clothes!

The concluding session...will the King really go on parade without any clothes?

2. He's got no clothes!

Diane Louise Jordan concludes this unit exploring the famous story by Hans Christian Andersen about a very proud and foolish king.


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Teacher's Notes
3. The Emperor's New Clothes

Lesson summary

1: Warm up: As townsfolk, skipping through the spaces with knees lifted high, making curvy pathways. When the music stops, meet another person, shake hands and mime a short conversation about what you’ve heard of the King’s new clothes.

2: Sewing: In pairs, as tricksters, sitting on the floor showing small and neat sewing actions that gradually get more and more exaggerated. As in the weaving sequence from the last programme, partners should try to copy each other as if looking in a mirror.

3: The new clothes: In pairs, one as a trickster dresses the other as the King in his new clothes. Tricksters adjust sleeves or collar, straighten out the cloak or tie something around the waist. The King turns around to get a better look at himself in the mirror, showing how pleased and flattered he is. The pairs swap roles.

4: The Parade: Striding through the spaces like the proud King wearing his invisible new clothes. When the little boy shouts ‘But he’s got no clothes on!’ and the crowd laughs, moving to show the King’s embarrassment, trying to cover up their body or hanging head in shame. One child is chosen to be the King and the rest of the class line up on both sides of the street to watch the parade.

5: Cool down: Sitting in a space of their own, the children relax with deep breaths and think about the moral of the story and the saying ‘Pride comes before a fall’.

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