Bringing Books to Life dance workshops

Dance and movement inspired by books - differentiated for each year group

KS1 in costume on World Book Day. Workshops are designed for each of EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

KS1 in costume on World Book Day. Workshops are designed for each of EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

Our choreographer will work with each class, developing responses to the books through language, movement and dance. Schools can choose a mixture of workshops in the same day at no extra cost.

The children will be inspired to use their imaginations as they explore the chosen book in a new and vibrant way.  We use a range of techniques and music, and differentiate each session to suit the interests and age of the children.

Each workshop concludes with a performance moment, when the children perform aspects of their work to themselves and to their teacher.

Photo by Tony Kelly

Choosing the books

We have workshops available based on the nineteen popular books below.

The range includes books for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 - and the KS2 options include both chapter books like The Butterfly Lion where our workshop is perfect if the children are already studying the text, and shorter picture books such as Where The Wild Things Are where much less preparation is required.

In fact we recommend the workshop exploring Where the Wild Things Are for a first visit for all primary age ranges as it has been hugely enjoyed from Nursery to Year 6. The full list is:

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak
For Reception to KS2. We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

 

The Gingerbread Man

by Mairi Mackinnon
For Reception and KS1. We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle
For Reception and KS1. We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl
For Reception to KS2. We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

The Enormous Crocodile

by Roald Dahl
For Reception to KS2. We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

 

Flat Stanley

by Jeff Brown
For Reception to KS2. We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

Man on the Moon

by Simon Bartram
For Reception to KS2. We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

 

Gangsta Granny

by David Walliams
For KS2. 

The Butterfly Lion

by Michael Morpurgo
For KS2.

 

Pinocchio

by Carlo Collodi
For Reception to KS2. We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

Handa's Surprise

by Eileen Brown
For Reception and KS1. We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

 

The Troll

by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts
For Reception and KS1. We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

 

The Iron Man

by Ted Hughes
For Reception and KS2.

 

The Arrival

by Shaun Tan
For KS2.

 

Kensuke's Kingdom

by Michael Morpurgo
For KS2.

 

Tiddler

by Julia Donaldson
For EYFS and KS1 We can also give a special 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

 

Dinosaurs and All that Rubbish

by Michael Foreman
For EYFS and KS1

 

The BFG

by Roald Dahl
For KS1 and KS2, differentiated by age

The Lorax

by Dr. Suess
For KS1 and KS2, differentiated by age


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What you need to know

Workshop leader: A West End dancer and choreographer experienced in working with children

Topics: Literacy, storytelling through movement, responding to stimuli, creation of simple dances, expressing feelings

Age range: Reception to Year 6 (with Nursery versions of Where The Wild Things Are, The Troll & Pinocchio). P1 to P7 in Scotland.

Location: In your school hall

Group size: Up to 30 children per class, 6 or 7 classes per day. Larger schools may need multiple days.

Price: Please call us on 02073957520 for details.


We felt that if Ofsted had watched any of the sessions they would have judged them as Outstanding. The children were totally engaged and produced a high level of work.
— Deputy Head, Stanburn First School

Photos on this page by Tony Kelly

Photos on this page by Tony Kelly


Preparation

To get the best out of our visit children should be familiar with the books in advance.  This is particularly the case with The Arrival and The Butterfly Lion.