Primary Education

Education Experiences

Our engaging one-off workshops are designed to inspire students, develop creativity and support a range of curriculum topics across KS1 and KS2.

For more information about any of these opportunities, contact our Education Projects Manager, Richard Knowles at leap@cft.org.uk or find out more about booking schools tickets for shows or events.


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The Butterfly Lion: 10am Schools Matinees

Butterfly Lion Schools Theatre Day.

Schools Theatre Day: The Butterfly Lion

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Storymakers: The Butterfly Lion


The Butterfly Lion

Engage KS2 pupils through a variety of workshops inspired by our adaptation of The Butterfly Lion as well as our Schools Theatre Day.

In the autumn term there will also be a digital resource pack available that offers additional support material for use in the classroom.

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Playbox: The Butterfly Lion

Alongside The Butterfly Lion, schools can request an interactive Playbox for the classroom.

Delivered to school and packed with inspiration and activities for pupils, our Playbox focuses on the adaptation from page to stage of Michael Morpurgo’s book.

Inside is a wealth of cross-curricular resources, activity plans and curated insight into our Theatre’s archive, enabling pupils to gain understanding of STEM subjects, theatre-making, creative careers and the rich history of the Theatre.

Created in consultation with teaching staff, each school works with a Playbox for one week during the production run, with ongoing access to digital resources afterwards.

Playbox: The Butterfly Lion is available in October 2019. Email our Education Projects Manager, Richard Knowles at leap@cft.org.uk to apply.

Focus: Drama, History and STEM subjects
For:KS2 pupils
Duration: One week participation
Location: In school
Cost: Free of charge


Music and make believe

Inspired by The Butterfly Lion, KS1 pupils can use music, drama and puppetry to bring the story to life.

Combining a range instruments, exciting theatre exercises and introductory puppetry skills, pupils will work together to perform their own response to the inspiring story in a fun introduction to theatre for pupils.

Please note that The Butterfly Lion is suitable for ages 7+. This workshop has been specifically designed for pupils in KS1 to explore this magical adventure without seeing the production.

Dates: Monday 30 September - Friday 15 November
Focus: Drama, music and teamwork
For: KS1 pupils
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: In school
Cost: £4 per pupil

To book one of these workshops, contact our Education Projects Manager, Richard Knowles at leap@cft.org.uk or find out more about booking schools tickets for shows or events.


Creative Stories Workshop

Bring reading lists to life with a practical workshop focusing on a story by a significant author. Pupils will develop literacy skills, imagination and knowledge of the story through drama techniques.

Workshops focus on a chosen author such as David Walliams, Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo, Rudyard Kipling and others, in consultation with teachers.

Focus: Literacy and Performance
For: Up to 30 KS1 or KS2 pupils
Duration: 2 hours
Location: In school
Cost: £4 per pupil

To book, contact our Education Projects Manager, Richard Knowles at leap@cft.org.uk.

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Explore STEAM

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics inventively through a series of opportunities in 2019.

Pioneer Workshop

Inspire pupils through cross-curricular workshops to learn about key female figures in science, technology and mathematics. Choose from a range of topics - from animals to atoms - enabling pupils to learn through drama games and exercises.

Focus: Science, Technology, Mathematics, Performance
For: Up to 30 KS2 pupils
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: In school
Cost: £4 per pupil


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Primary Technical Taster

Led by a member of our production team, pupils explore a technical element of theatre with practical exercises, hands-on experience and insight into the science that creates theatre.

Four workshops are available:

  • Costume – how are they designed and created?
  • Lighting – what science and skills make lighting work?
  • Sound – how does technology create sound?
  • Stage & Design – how do we build a world on stage?

Students can also take part in Arts Award Explore as part of these workshops, with additional fees applied.

Focus: Science, Technology and Design
For: Up to 30 KS2 pupils
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Theatre
Cost: £4 per student


Theatre Makers: Tour and Workshop

Pupils can explore our iconic Theatre on a backstage tour, learning theatrical secrets and the science that makes our building. Whilst at the Theatre, pupils can also participate in a Theatre Makers workshop, exploring storytelling, performance and staging in practical and fun ways.

Focus: Performance and Science
For: Up to 30 KS1 or KS2 pupils
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Theatre
Cost: £5 per pupil

To book any of these workshops, contact our Education Projects Manager, Richard Knowles at leap@cft.org.uk.


Playtime

Literacy takes centre stage in our partnership programme for KS2. Pupils are inspired by well-known stories – exploring characters, themes, stage directions and story development across seven workshops. Pupils will create scenes from their own original plays to perform for others at the end of the project, gaining confidence and performance skills.

The project works with pupils who will benefit most from literacy intervention, and is offered free of charge to participating schools.

Contact our Education Projects Manager, Richard Knowles at leap@cft.org.uk for more details and to apply.

Focus: Literacy and Performance
For: Up to 30 Year 5 or Year 6 pupils
Duration: Seven weekly sessions
Location: In school
Cost: Free, by application

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Partnership Projects

Collaborate with us to offer students a sustained programme of learning, designed to enhance theatre visits, develop theatre-making techniques or build key skills.

For more information about education partnerships or any of the activities above, contact our Education Projects Manager, Richard Knowles at leap@cft.org.uk or find out more about booking schools tickets for shows or events.