The Rainbow Factory is the perfect place for youngsters to discover and develop their creative talents.
From story-writing to craft and theatre, every child has the opportunity to shine, whatever their educational needs.
Our aims are to:
- Improve literacy standards for all children - from nursery to KS4 - as well as to inspire them with a love of reading and encourage them to use their imagination.
- Tailor all school trips to meet the needs of the pupils attending: ask about our boy-focused literacy sessions.
- Support children, whatever their ability, from the gifted and talented to those with additional needs.
We offer four programmes, each of which is designed to enhance and support the creative workings of the education system.
Two options involve a visit to us - while two will see us come to you!
1) School Trips: Step inside the stories in a magical experience that will transport pupils to other worlds for the day.
For up to 120 pupils.
2) End of Term Treat: If you fancy a trip with less emphasis on education and more focus on fun - look no further!
For up to 120 pupils.
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1) Theatre In Education: Enjoy our dynamic productions, as our talented team bring their unique creativity and passion for performance into your school.
For 30 to 100 pupils.
2) Story Makers: Develop their writing skills through an interactive storytelling workshop, delivered in your own classroom and tailored to your chosen topic.
For 30 to 40 pupils.
Through enchanting activities the Rainbow Factory builds confidence and an interest in reading that can provide life-long benefits.
The Rainbow Factory is the only attraction of its kind in the north of England.
Our storytelling wonderland is a magical alternative to museums and historical attractions, creating a world where traditional tales and modern classics come to life.
Our dedicated Rainbow Factory team blend passions for storytelling, craft and model making, creative movement, physical theatre and dance.
And the factory, near Leeds, is the only venue in the country to showcase the work of talented artist Richard Underwood.
Our creative director has painstakingly created more than 100 hand-made models of storybook characters including Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, as well as his own original creations.
The Rainbow Factory is closed to the public when you are here and the doors are locked, so there is none of that laborious head counting that can dominate many school trips.
We welcome the opportunity to tailor the content of our educational programmes to suit any particular book or theme, or the specific needs of your group - provided this has been agreed in advance.
There are different options available for different ages and key stages, from pre-school right through to Key Stage 3.
Curriculum topics covered include Drama, English, Art & Design and Music.
Activities include elements of Personal Development & Mentoring, and Team Building but these can be given greater emphasis as long as this has been agreed in advance.
Programme 1 - School Trips
After an introduction the children are divided into groups, then rotate between the different areas for a series of 20 to 25-minute workshops.
Here the children will explore traditional & contemporary stories using the handmade models constructed by our talented in-house artist Richard Underwood.
Our stage comes complete with professional lighting, costumes and props. Here youngsters will develop their creative storytelling, music, drama, performance and verbal communication skills.
Here the children can practice their writing and illustration skills. In a workshop which underpins key areas of the curriculum, they are invited to develop their own stories and explore what it feels like to be a real-life author!
This area of the factory is filled with craft materials galore! The children will work with our in-house artist to make their very own mini masterpiece to take back to school.
The Rainbow Factory values outdoor play and provides active learning opportunities in this stunning green space, including activity boxes which encourage individual skills, group dynamics and imaginative play.
Our Secret Garden is also the perfect spot for a picnic during the warmer months, with children able to eat their packed lunches while enjoying the picturesque views across the valley.
Programme 2 - CSI Day: Where stories meet science!
A fast-paced, fun, creative day that will help pupils develop curiosity in the world around them and the science behind its magic.
Children will become Crime Scene Investigators for the day!
They will use techniques used by real-life crime scene investigators to solve our fairy tale crime.
The day’s activities are framed around a theatrical performance that the children will enjoy and remember for years to come.
The day comprises a series of tailored sessions, including:
Fingerprints & footprints
Creating an e-fit
Using chromatography to analyse handwriting samples
The examination of fibres & hairs from the crime scene.
Programme 3 -End of Term Treat!
Whether your pupils have worked their socks off on their SATs or just deserve a reward for all their efforts over the past year, why not whisk them away to our storytelling wonderland for two magical hours?
We'll kick things off with a special theatrical performance, then follow it up with theatre games, arts and crafts, fun, fun, fun, plus extra-special storytelling with eccentric Willamina Wonka in her Labyrinth Library -not to mention the opportunity for pupils to meet some of their favourite fairy tale characters!
Programme 4 -The Visionaries
The Rainbow Factory creates magical, multi-sensory experiences for youngsters with moderate to profound learning difficulties, as well as those with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Our uniquely creative and supportive environment inspires youngsters to flourish and develop, whatever their ability.
As part of our Visionaries programme, for young people with complex special needs, we incorporate theatre, drama, music and craft.
We also use multi-sensory stimulation including:
- Tactile handmade storybook models
- Wall art
- Paper fans & Perfume sprays.
Our team members are trained to respond sensitively to each individual's needs and to tailor each experience to the SEN group with whom they are working.
This enables each visitor to enjoy a unique experience, reflecting his or her interests and preferred methods of communication.
Our Education Director Lydia Toumazou has more than 25 years’ experience of working with young people and adults with SEN.
A fully qualified teacher, she also holds a CACDP Level 2 in deaf studies and sign language plus a diploma in remedial therapies.
Programme 5 - INSET Days
Are you ready to be inspired?
Are you a primary or secondary school practitioner who would like to enhance your creative teaching ideas?
You've come to the right place!
Rainbow Factory INSET sessions are tailored to bring added vitality and success to your role and a new dimension to your teaching.
Our team of creative specialists are guaranteed to uplift, inspire and energise you, both in the classroom and beyond.
We currently offer a two-hour or four-hour teacher training programme, hosted either at the Rainbow Factory or in school.
These sessions focus on imaginative and interactive storytelling techniques, plus your choice of two of these additional workshops:
- Illustration & Design
- Specialised Crafts & Model Making
- Creative Writing.
Workshops can be adapted to suit your curriculum commitments.
Programme 6 - Theatre In Education
Rainbow Factory Theatre Company will bring imagination and creativity directly into your school.
Our Theatre In Education programme encompasses a show with follow-up workshops. It is the perfect way to inspire creative storytelling techniques and inject performance theatre into the academic year.
Our work is tailored to meet curriculum targets and aims to enhance key literacy skills. We are happy to tailor our visit to suit your needs; whether this is varying group sizes, topic, themes or issues.
Our TIE sessions fit perfectly into any school hall. All of our productions run for approximately 2 hours and are available for morning or afternoon bookings.
We can accommodate audience sizes of anywhere between 30 to 100.
We will visit your school and perform an educational and fun-packed show. All of the Rainbow Factory’s productions are interactive, original and enchanting. They have a strong curriculum focus and aim to assist you in meeting key education targets.
After the show, the Rainbow Factory Theatre Company will provide engaging practical workshops, which offer pupils the opportunity to develop their own storytelling skills. We aim to enhance their key literacy skills and inspire them to unleash their imagination!
Debate and discussion
Plus a tailored plenary session designed to help the children reflect upon what they have learnt.
Much like the production itself, our workshops are curriculum focused and can be tailored specifically to suit your children’s needs.
Programme 7 - Story Makers Session
What better way to inspire creative writing than to invite a real-life author and illustrator into your classroom?
Through our Interactive Storytelling Workshop children will discover and develop their own story-making magic!
Our in-house professional author, who boasts 25 years in the arts industry, will come into your school to inspire and entertain while igniting cross-curricular learning.
Use this 1-hour workshop as;
An end-of-term treat!
A fun way to kick off a brand-new topic.
A dynamic mid-topic engagement technique.
Plus a tailored plenary session designed to help the children reflect upon what they have learnt.
Programme 8 - Kickstart!
KickStart your topic or educational focus with a visit from one of our trained storytellers, bringing a theatrical twist to the classroom, inspiring children of all ages and abilities.
Our drama-based workshop will help children to immerse themselves in a subject like never before.
This 1.5-hour workshop can be:
Used as a fun way to kick off a new topic
Used as a dynamic mid-topic engagement technique
Used to support a less-engaging but necessary curriculum requirement.
For just £239 our professionally trained actors will come into your school to inspire and entertain while igniting cross-curricular learning.
Sessions can be booked any day, either as an AM or PM session.
Home Educators Events
We now also hold special sessions for children who are being educated at home.
For more details go to: http://www.rainbowfactorykids.com/home-educators-day
Our variety of programmes means we are well equipped to cater for a wide range of group sizes.
For school trips to the factory, the maximum number of children we can accommodate is 120.
You are welcome to bring small groups but there is a minimum charge of £285 – which equates to 30 pupils.
During the visit, children are divided into groups and they move between the different areas for a series of workshops lasting between 10 and 20 minutes.
Theatre In Education sessions accommodate audience sizes of between 30 to 100 children.
Story Makers Sessions take place in your own classroom so they are aimed at between 30 and 40 children.
End of Term Treats are for up to 120 pupils.
Please get in touch with any queries about group sizes, on 0113 257 5750.
Both our Rainbow Room and Creative Kitchen can function as classrooms during school visits.
Our staff have basic first aid training but we encourage schools to bring a qualified first aider with them.
The Rainbow Factory has fantastic accessibility including a lift at the building entrance, disabled toilets and an open-plan layout across one level, which is very wheelchair friendly. You can find out more about accessibility at the Rainbow Factory on our website.
Yes, of course! Our Education Director Lydia Toumazou, has more than 25 years’ experience of working with young people and adults with SEN. A fully qualified teacher, she also holds a CACDP Level 2 in deaf studies and sign language plus a diploma in remedial therapies. She has also designed and coordinated extensive SEN projects with BBC’s Children in Need, the Bedfordshire District Cerebral Palsy Society, SCOPE, Peckham YOT, Green Candle Dance Company and Full House Theatre. In addition, the Rainbow Factory boasts a talented and well-trained team of staff who are highly experienced at working with youngsters and who are picked for their ability to engage with children.
Food: We can provide food, with enough notice, but we would prefer children to bring their own lunch packs due to dietary requirements. Children will eat their lunch in the Rainbow Room, Gingerbread Café or, weather permitting, in our outdoor Secret Garden area.
Parking: We provide free, on-site parking. The coach will be able to drive all the way to the main entrance where you will be met by our team.
Availability: School trips can be booked for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. We are filling up fast so we suggest you get in touch as soon as possible!