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.

Bringing Books to Life dance workshops in Wales 

Mon 13 - Fri 17 June 2016

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

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.

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

Book choices

Infants:

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
by Eric Carle
For EYFS and KS1

Mixed:

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
by Maurice Sendak
For EYFS to KS2, differentiated by age

MAN ON THE MOON
by Simon Bartram
For EYFS and KS2, differentiated by age

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
by Roald Dahl
For EYFS and KS2, differentiated by age

Juniors:

GANGSTA GRANNY
by David Walliams
For all of KS2

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 books where we wish to avoid spending time explaining the plot.


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 Very Hungry Caterpillar)

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.

Photos on this page by Tony Kelly

Photos on this page by Tony Kelly