Themed Inter-Active Storytelling & Drama
Our programmes are led by professional storytellers and drama facilitators, with expertise and experience at working with this age group.
Each programme is inter-active and child-focused, and planned with staff to meet The Every Child Matters agenda.
We place an emphasis on developing children’s emotional literacy and cognitive skills through enjoyable and stimulating dramatic play in a very structured context.
Our programmes include traditional, oral storytelling, combined with carefully structured dramatic play activities for children, often including singing and music-making.
Focused on accessible and popular topics, our inputs will stimulate creative learning, develop skills in listening, thinking & speaking, promote emotional literacy and offer accompanying practitioners practical ideas for creative follow up work.
ICE TRAP! – 2017
The extraordinary story of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica in 1914
Tony Horitz brings to vivid, chilling life the awe-inspiring endurance displayed by Shackleton and his crew on their 2 year voyage to Antarctica and celebrates human capacity for survival against the odds. Drawing on Shackleton’s autobiography and the superb photographs of Frank Hurley, this adventure yarn includes attacks by vicious leopard seals, sailing a life-boat in stormy seas, gruesome descriptions of unappetising blubbery food, climbing a mountain with just a carpenter’s adze and the constant battle with the freezing wind and ice.
The audience doesn’t only listen – they join in with thrilling husky-racing on ice and joke-telling around the stove, to pass the long winter nights trapped in the ice.
“Great stuff. The children loved it“
(Junior School Teacher, Poole).
“You’re the best storyteller!“
(Junior School Pupil, Poole).
FOR YEAR 4 AND ABOVE. (8 year olds upwards)
ICE TRAP! lasts 60-90 minutes as preferred.
Space – 2013
A Mantle of the Expert programme, in which the key stimulus is a short film about Space Travel and Planets. This challenges children to research into space and apply to join a new space mission, where they meet a fictional scientist who steers them on an exciting learning adventure, involving creative work across the curriculum. This project enables teaching staff to set up a highly creative classroom, motivating young people to become engaged and active learners.
Originally made for Rushcombe Primary School, Corfe Mullen, Dorset.
History Drama Programmes
History Drama Programmes provide:
- educational and colourful artefacts and costumes with dramatic storytelling to bring history to life
- exciting opportunities to join in and make sense of history
- ways of enriching curriculum work on History and creative speaking and listening
- rich material for applied literacy work to be developed in the classroom
- a chance to observe and assess your pupils’ individual and social skills during a structured project.
History Drama programmes last a minimum of one hour, or longer to suit your needs.
Cultural Diversity Programmes
Traditional Tales from India, Africa, Latin America, Australia – not forgetting Wales and Ireland.
We have special programmes, involving stories from each of these countries / continents, accompanied by authentic artefacts and instruments. Our Mexican programme includes the Aztec legend of the volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl and of how the gods finally gave chocolate to human beings.
This popular Citizenship programme is a modern story, dramatising the plight of child labourers and street children in India and Africa. Children watch a short introductory performance before taking part in drama activities to develop their understanding and knowledge about relevant global issues.