There are four Trinity Stars awards:
Stage 1, 2, 3 awards
Size of groups - between 5-40 children
Performance time - 5-30 minutes depending on the stage
Method - Schools enter groups of children at Stage 1, 2 or 3 depending on the English language ability of the class.
School Show award
Size of group - up to 300 children
Performance time - 30-90 minutes depending on the stage
Method - Schools prepare a School Show group and book a Trinity Stars expert to watch the dress rehearsal.
Teachers are encouraged to link language-based performances to themes they are covering in class. Performance goals and language goals for each stage are listed in the Trinity Stars Guide for Teachers.
In addition to the performances, for each award learners must produce a class or individual project based on their performance or performance theme. The Trinity Stars expert will view and stamp the project on the same days as the performance.
It is recommended that learners have:
It is not a requirement to use the Trinity Stars support material to enter for the awards, but we you recommend take a look at range of materials available:
The Guide for Teachers describes how the award works and the types of award that groups of children can be entered for. It provides details of the language and performance goals for each award stage, along with examples of classroom activity plans. These plans have been designed to help teachers integrate performance activities into their English language classes.
All group performances are watched by a Trinity Stars expert, who will interact with the learners at the end of the performance. At the end of each performance teachers are offered a reflective feedback session of up to 30 minutes.
The reflective feedback session is an opportunity for teachers to reflect on their classroom preparation and the performance itself. The session is also a chance for the Trinity Stars expert to offer feedback and suggestions on using performance in language teaching.
Teachers who take part receive a certificate for participating in the reflective feedback session with the Trinity Stars expert. Certificates are issued after the performance date.