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Primary Education

Our primary education programme provides year-round activities to inspire students, develop creativity and support a range of curriculum topics. During the 2021 summer term these opportunities will be available online or in-person, please email our Education Projects Manager, Richard Knowles at leap@cft.org.uk to discuss in more detail. 

Opportunities include one-off workshops exploring our productions, theatre-making and STEAM subjects throughout the academic year, and exciting partnership projects for primary schools. Our work introduces KS1 to theatre for the first time, consolidates learning across KS2 curriculum topics and adds value to a theatre visit.

Inspired by our productions we also have a range of digital resources available to support learning in school.

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.


Storytelling Workshop

Pupils will develop their imagination and drama techniques using storytelling in this practical workshop, as well as finding out more about theatre, what makes a great story and how we tell these on stage. Sessions are adapted for different ages and will focus on a chosen text in consultation with teachers. 

Focus: Literacy and Performance
For: Up to 30 KS1 or KS2 pupils
Duration: 1-2 hours
Location: In school
Cost: £5 per pupil


Theatre Makers Workshop

In these exciting workshops pupils explore how to use scripts, what devising means, props and costume ideas and staging choices, all whilst gaining understanding of creative roles in theatre-making. 

Focus: Scripts, Devising, Creative Roles, Performance 
For: Up to 30 KS1 or KS2 pupils  
Duration: 1-2 hours 
Location: In school 
Cost: £5 per pupil

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


Actors & Creatives Insight

This year, we are offering an exciting and unique project connecting schools with professional actors and creatives to achieve high quality arts experiences. 

Available virtually or in person, the workshops give perspectives on performance, rehearsal, text interpretation and character, and insight into our backstage world. Workshops will be offered to local primary and secondary schools during the current summer term. 

For more information contact angela.watkins@cft.org.uk


Explore STEAM Workshops

Pioneer Workshop

Inspire pupils through cross-curricular workshops focusing on 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: £5 per pupil


Primary Technical Taster

Led by a member of our production team, pupils explore a technical element of theatre with practical insight and hands-on experience into the technology and skills involved. Workshops are available in:

  • Costume – how are they designed and created?
  • Lighting – what science and skills make lighting work?
  • Sound – how does technology create sound?

Focus: Science, Technology and Design
For: Up to 30 KS2 pupils
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Theatre
Cost: £6 per student

Technical Tasters are led by CFT staff or freelance creatives, and are only available on selected dates at the Theatre.


Backstage Tour and Workshop

Pupils explore our iconic Theatre on a backstage tour, learning theatrical secrets and the science that makes our building work. Consolidating this learning, pupils also participate in a Theatre Makers workshop exploring storytelling and staging.

Focus: Science, Technology, Drama
For: Up to 30 KS2 pupils 
Duration: 3 hours (1 hour tour, 2 hour workshop)
Location: Theatre 
Cost: £7 per pupil

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

Schools Partnership Projects

Our education projects build sustained and exciting partnerships with schools through practical workshops, teacher CPD sessions, digital resources and visits to the Theatre. Participants develop theatre-making techniques, build awareness of creative careers and gain vital transferable skills.

Applications are now closed for our Schools Partnership Projects. This page will be updated when these projects are open for applications. 

Giving this enrichment to our pupil premium students was amazing, something that cannot be replaced in a classroom. We now have higher attendance amongst these students, a love for drama, and bonds with new people. It proves arts in education is absolutely vital in their social and emotional learning.

Schools Fest Partner Teacher 2020

The children have developed many levels of learning. They now see drama as something that supports and inspires writing. Their writing developed through the process, and they now understand text structure and gained resilience in writing.

Playtime Partner Teacher 2019