Tailor-made services to suit your school's needs

We offer...

- High quality, inclusive and student-centred drama or storytelling sessions which facilitate learning across a range of themes or subjects.

- A broad, balanced, imaginative and relevant approach to the curriculum, using exciting topics to link subjects in engaging and interactive ways, and providing broader contexts for writing where appropriate.

- Links to the national curriculum in every session.

- Skills, ideas and strategies to help you plan creatively in the future.

- Alternative PPA cover for your classroom.

- A unique, challenging and far-reaching way to help raise attainment for pupils who qualify for the Pupil Premium or the Count me In programmes.

- A free taster session before you commit to more sessions.

 

Please click on the links below for more details:

Mainstream schools

We facilitate learning across the following subjects:

Literacy: A cross-curricular, topic-based approach

We explore interesting and stimulating topics which link reading, writing, speaking and listening in exciting and interactive ways. Topics cover a range of curriculum subjects from English to Citizenship, ICT to History, Geography to Maths, presenting broader contexts for writing. We focus on language development, enhancing vocabulary and expressive language, as the way to improve reading and writing.

Please see our Literacy Guide for more information on our aims and methodology, techniques and finer details.

Modern Languages: Spanish

We believe that languages are better off being acquired through 'doing', experiencing and being immersed in that language in a stimulating, exciting, positive and meaningful environment. At the heart of the sessions is an intercultural and interlinguistic exchange between our pupils and children from a school in South America, which will inform the line of enquiry in each session.

Please see our Modern Languages (Spanish) Guide for more information.

Citizenship: Cultural awareness and diversity

Our workshops are designed to raise awareness about cultural difference and similarity, and to help students to respect and value diversity within our local and global society. Through drama exercises which encourage group-work and cooperation, frequent debate and reflection, pupils acquire a deeper understanding of the social, political and psychological influences and effects of 'interculturality'.

Please see our Main Guide for more information about all of our services.

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Special schools

Our activities are tailored towards the specific needs of children with moderate, severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and speech and language difficulties. We facilitate learning across the following subjects and themes:

- Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

- Literacy

- Cross-curricular work

- Community cohesion

- Cultural awareness

- Spanish

- Outdoor exploration

Activities

We use an engaging variety of multi-sensory and tactile techniques which provide for the various sensory, physical, emotional, social and communication difficulties a child with learning difficulties might encounter. Our activities draw on each individual's sensory learning style to enable them to learn more easily and to retain and apply concepts more readily for future learning. Activities are also designed to increase self-expression, social skills, and self-awareness. We use repetitive and rhythmic multi-sensory storytelling techniques, music, movement and drama, to encourage participation through whichever means of communication appropriate to them.

Please see our Special Schools Guide for more information.

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Early years

We use creative literacy, storytelling or storymaking techniques to enhance imaginations, promote language skills, confidence, self-expression, empathy and self-awareness. Multi-sensory activities include an interactive re-telling of a traditional or well-known modern tale, or spontaneous, collaborative, child-led story-'making'. For the latter, we may use a provocation (such as a treasure chest, a half-eaten bowl of porridge, or alien footprints), puppets, or other visual or audio aids, as a starting point. Sessions are often child-led and involve taking - or being led by - the children on creative and explosive journeys into our imaginations which may end up taking us to outer space or under the sea. Sessions can be partly or wholly delivered in Spanish.

 

Further education

We can use a range of drama techniques, including improvisation, devised theatre, forum and image theatre, to deliver sections of the curriculum or to explore issues. Please call us to discuss this further.

 

PRUs and Inclusion Support Services

Conflict resolution, exploration of issues, delivery of the curriculum. Please call us to discuss how we can support your service delivery.

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Staff training and consultation

As well as working closely with staff during the sessions, we can deliver training in: 

- Creative literacy

- Drama and multisensory storytelling

- Forum theatre

- Languages through drama

- Creative approaches to the curriculum

These can be delivered during staff meetings or inset days.

 

Examples of past projects

Tinsley Junior School, Sheffield: We spent two days a week for one term with Year 6 pupils, 90% of whom spoke English as an Additional Language, to explore the topic of the rainforest. We used creative literacy techniques aimed at enhancing oral language and enriching vocabulary, together with verbal and non-verbal communication tools aimed at improving listening and cooperation, and increasing confidence to perform. As a result, pupils' motivation and engagement, reading and writing skills significantly improved.

Northridge Special School, Doncaster: We spent two terms working with severely disabled Year 4-6 pupils on the SEAL topic, 'It's good to be me', supporting their transition and merger with another school.  We helped the children to create their own community and brought it to life through sensory means, using different lighting, music and materials to touch and explore. The children were given the freedom to develop their own emotional responses to the settlement, as well as being given the opportunity to understand and communicate their own feelings.

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