Book weeks and Shakespeare Week

Our primary school book week programme, originally created for World Book Day in March, brings creative learning experiences to primary schools that children will never forget.

Our Shakespeare Week programme has now become popular in school book weeks - after all Shakespeare is arguably the greatest storyteller of them all.

Bringing Books to LifeLiteracy Musicals | Hercules | Shakespeare Today | ACTive Stories

Bringing Books to Life through Dance

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Bringing Books to Life dance workshops give children a new take on books and teach them an active approach to storytelling.

Our choreographer will work with each class, developing responses to the books through language, movement and dance. We use a range of techniques and music, and differentiate each session to suit the interests and age of the children.

Book choices include 20 of the UK's most popular and beloved children's books, from Roald Dahl to Maurice Sendak and Julia Donaldson.

See our full range using the link below or click here for our World Book Day 2018 selection.

Learn more and read testimonials from teachers UK-wide!


Literacy Musicals

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Our literacy musicals are written to encourage children to engage with reading in an active and imaginative manner.

The original stories are peppered with audience participation and the very best in contemporary children’s literature. Both musicals feature popular books covering all primary ages, which you can read and explore with the children.

The children in Jump to It! read:

  • Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake
  • The Hero of Little Street by Gregory Rogers
  • Prince Cinders by Babette Cole
  • How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell

The children in Jungle Bungle read:

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
  • Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • KS1 book - to be confirmed!

To learn more visit our Jump to It! or Jungle Bungle pages.


Cleo Copperpot's Adventures with Hercules

Cleo Copperpot's Adventures with Hercules

The greatest story never written! Our interactive musical explores the Labours of Hercules as well as the art of storytelling in Ancient Greece.

Cleo Copperpot is a budding young archaeologist. In her experience everything you dig up tells a story. Her dog Carter, chief digger, presents her with a dirty old sandal. But it’s not any old sandal, it has magical wings and it suddenly transports Cleo to Ancient Greece!
 
The very next person she meets is Hercules. He introduces himself as ‘Half-human, half-God and all hero’! The two form an unlikely team – unified by a shared desire to get to Mount Olympus and reunite with their families.

Find out more on our Hercules page.


Shakespeare Today

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Shakespeare Today workshops enable your school to explore and perform an entire Shakespeare play in just one day!

Imagine a Shakespeare play being brought to life in your school hall, performed by the children of your school. Your children will grow in confidence as they work with original Shakespearean text and narrative under the guidance of one of our talented actors.

We will work with Reception to Year 6 class by class, using sections of the play that have been tailored for each age group. At the end of the day all year groups perform the entire play to each other.

During autumn and the first half of the spring term you can choose A Midsummer Night's Dream or Macbeth. From the end of February 2018 you can choose A Midsummer Night's Dream or The Tempest

Learn more about our Shakespeare Today workshops.


ACTive Stories drama workshops

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ACTive Stories workshops bring children into the heart of a book by encouraging them to live and breathe the story.

We have taken our favourite techniques drawn from professional theatre and turned them into drama games and exercises which inspire children to harness their imaginations. Our expert drama facilitators are masters at turning a book from something children are told to read into something they want to experience.

Choose a title from our book selection or suggest your own!

See our book selection and learn more about ACTive Stories here.


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Workshop Practicalities

Age range: Reception to Year 6

Group size: Up to 30 children per class, up to 7 classes per day


Requirements: An empty school hall 

Absolutely amazing. The children loved the sessions and got so much out of them - not only linked to the story but drama techniques and dance.
— St Germans Primary School, Assistant Headteacher. Bringing Books to Life - September 2016
Both pupils and staff were inspired and loved every minute. It was a delight to see those who are so quiet normally really come out of their shells and perform.
— Willow Wood Community Primary School, Year 6 Teacher. Shakespeare Today - November 2016

Show Practicalities

Age range: Reception to Year 6

Group size: Up to 250 children per performance. 1-3 performances per day

Requirements: Just an empty school hall - we bring everything else

The whole school had an amazing time. I was privileged to watch one of the performances and it was great to see our youngest nursery children aged 3 and our oldest year 6 children aged 11 all enjoy themselves. They were captivated
— Vaughan Primary School, Deputy Head. Aladdin - December 2016