Bringing Books to Life dance workshops
World Book Day arrangements 

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

An infant school class in costume on World Book Day. Workshops are differentiated for each of EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

An infant school class in costume on World Book Day. Workshops are differentiated 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 covering up to three books with up to seven classes 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.


Book choices

Between 20th February and 8th March schools choose to focus on up to three books per day from the following selection: 

(We can be more flexible with regard to our other dance workshops and book choices in other weeks.)

Book List

Infants:

DINOSAURS AND ALL THAT RUBBISH
by Michael Foreman
For EYFS and KS1

TIDDLER
by Julia Donaldson
For EYFS and KS1

Mixed:

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
by Maurice Sendak
For KS1 and KS2, differentiated by age

THE BFG
by Roald Dahl
For KS1 and KS2, differentiated by age

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

 

We recommend that fewer books each day is better.

To get the best out of our visit the children should be familiar with the books in advance.  This is particularly the case with longer, more complicated books where we wish to avoid spending time explaining the plot.

To read more than 25 outstanding testimonials from other schools and teachers please visit our testimonials page.

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 and the Infant book options)

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.

Typical schedule: A full day typically comprises either an assembly followed by six class by class workshops, or seven class by class workshops with no assembly. We recommend including the assembly as it is a fantastic shared start to a special and memorable day.

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