Last month we announced our World Book Day 2020 selection. And this is the second in a series of blogs looking at how to utilise these books in the classroom (if you missed our first one on ‘The Rainbow Fish’ you can find it here).
This week we are taking a look at The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, one of the wonderful options for our Story Explorer drama workshops. Read More
Each year we choose a special selection of books to focus on in dance and drama workshops during the World Book Day period, including one or two completely new workshop options. (This also means we get to spend some quality time in bookshops, which is an added bonus!)
We’re delighted to announce that our 2020 World Book Day choices are… Read More
In Part 3 of our Guide to Teaching Shakespeare, we look at getting children up on their feet and performing the bard’s work. From character statues to character creation, here are some exercises and activities that you can use in the classroom, differentiated for different ages. Read More
You’ve told, read, re-read and re-told your story. Everyone knows what’s happening. (Finally!) Great.
Safe with an understanding of the overall story from a narrative version, it’s time to transfer your students’ knowledge to a script version and discover how Shakespeare really brought his stories to life. Read More
Our advice when it comes to teaching Shakespeare in primary schools is to tell a story, break it down and get physical with it to bring the drama to life. In this blog series, we break down each of these points in turn to provide ideas and suggestions for how you can deliver them in our own classroom. To get us started, Part 1 focuses on telling the story. Read More
Inspiring children to bring books to life with dance is one of our favourite things to do at West End in Schools. Just last week we gathered some of the country’s most talented dancers in one room, to work through the choreography for our Bringing Books to Life dance workshops in primary schools. We spoke to a few of our regular West End in Schools choreographers to find out more about their work with us to inspire children to dance. Read More
It’s sometimes hard to argue the ‘why’ for something as intangible as storytelling, let alone prove that the benefits are real. In a school context, especially compared to subjects such as science or maths, why should we spend time imagining something that was made-up instead of learning facts? Read More
Books provide young people a window into a new world, they unshackle the imagination and promote the thought that anything is possible. World Book Day, is on a mission to give every child or young person a book of their own. It is a celebration of books, authors, illustrators and imagination! Read More
At West End In Schools we have lists (long, long lists) of poems we love, but we’ve whittled it down to just five, and this year we’ve been working on transforming these five fantastic rhymes into specially created drama workshops. Read More
To celebrate Roald Dahl Day and the 102nd anniversary of one of the most phizz-whizzing writers of all time, we have compiled a list of our top five easy ways to get creative with Roald Dahl. Read More
Do you like Gobblefunk? We love it!
From Oompa-Loompas to Snozzcumbers the invented language of Roald Dahl (Gobblefunk) demonstrates the fun that can be had by playing around with words and letting language loose! Read More
There is no better feedback than spontaneous reactions from an honest audience! That’s one of the things we love about working with children... Read More
Roald Dahl Day is on 13th September and 2016 marks 100 years since his birth!
Now is a great time to inspire yet another generation of children with the wonders of Roald Dahl’s work. Our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Enormous Crocodile dance workshops are currently ‘flying off the shelf’!
We asked a few of our performers to tell us how Dahl inspires them. Here's what they said... Read More
“I really enjoyed the way they got through a important lesson to us by acting it out, making it fun and letting us join in! Using popular books and well known stories it was amazing for everyone.”
Cerys, Year 4, Archibald First School. Read More
Almost every school does the ‘character costumes for World Book Day’ thing. And we love it! But we also know of some other ways to showcase the brilliance of books in schools… Read More