Lets explore voiceovers a little more.

Start by having a discussion with your class about what a voice-over is. Ask if they know any actors who provide voice-overs in animations and what they do with their voice to convey the character/s they play. 

Once everyone has an idea of what a voice over is, invite volunteer pupils to the front of the class to have a turn of providing the voice-over for an inanimate object. Anything small that gets used a lot such as a pencil, colouring pen, water bottle, gym shoe, lunch box etc would work. 

Allow all pupils to practice in pairs at their tables or in a space. One pupil can hold the item and do the voice-over and the other pupil can be the audience member and then they can swap over.

Once everyone has had a go, have a discussion about how the different objects felt, and sounded.

What was it like putting yourself in the shoes of the pencil or the lunch box?

Did it feel a bit strange? Were you able to think about what would make it feel happy or sad?

This is great way to develop empathy skills.

Empathy is when we can understand how someone else is feeling and why they might be feeling this way. Can you think of a time when you have know how someone is feeling without them telling you?

How did you work it out?

Was it their facial expression? Their body language? Were they quieter or louder than normal?

During your next break, have a look around the playground and see if you can work out how other people might be feeling. When you come back in take a little time to share what you saw and how you think other people were feeling and why.

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