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Bigfoot has been a leading light in the world of arts education since 2000. This means that we are fully committed to providing schools with the VERY best creative experiences for their children and staff that money can buy!

We fully understand how high quality drama, music, dance and art interactions can enrich the curriculum and help bring learning to life through imaginative play and exploration. Therefore, each programme we offer is the perfect blend of fun, energy, interaction, reflection, and education.

Plus our staff, who we call ‘Bigfooters’ are highly qualified and skilled theatre practitioners who we have personally selected, trained and invested. Each Bigfooter has a DBS that we check every year and PLI up to the value of £5 million. All our facilitators are also trained in child protection & safeguarding children, health and safety, and equality & diversity policies and procedures.
We are proud to say that all performances and workshops have been thoroughly researched, tried and tested so that you can feel confident your students will have a truly wonderful experience with our Bigfooters!

Don’t just take our word for it though…

Your Bigfooter arrived at school with all the enthusiasm and friendliness that you could ask for. She was well prepared, well timed and had a fantastic rapport with the staff and children. Nursery children fully believed in the magic of it all and talked highly of the characters in our story afterwards. (Gabrielle, EYFS lead, Brandlehow Primary on STS)

‘Fantastic, engaging, encouraging- what could be better?! Thank you Bigfoot for another amazing workshop programme!’ (Emma Hart, Hornpark Primary)

‘Once again, you have touched the hearts and minds of the children in our school; Bigfoot’s presence was immense and the children (and teachers) have learnt so much! I have to say that, out of all the external providers that I have used throughout the years, yours is the company that I will always have in my mind!’ (Siobhan Johnston, Bishop Winnington Ingram)

‘It was absolutely amazing – our Bigfooter was so knowledgeable, genuine and fun. And the programme was absolutely outstanding from start to finish. The children were instantly engaged and left full of enthusiasm and passion for the subject. One of the best workshop I've ever seen!’ (Stephanie Quinn, Sandringham School)

‘What a fabulous fun session to introduce a topic . The way the workshops were delivered meant that children could recall the story very well; it was so good that children and staff didn't want it to end!’ (Lorna Hancock, Windrush Primary)

‘I just wanted to say a huge thank you for coming into school! Your facilitator gave all our students confidence and encouraged them to draw upon skills they didn’t know they had within. Our children had someone to look up to, and someone whose faith in them did not falter, and that is priceless to us. If there is any kind of star rating then you get a 10 out of 5!!’ (Kim Blythe, St John’s C of E Primary)

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Why book Bigfoot Arts Education for educational workshops into your school?

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The story tree is the tallest tree in the universe. It’s where every story ever told has been whispered. Every leaf tells a story. The story tree can hear all the stories in the world and remembers the wonderful ones it likes. It’s where you should tell your favourite stories – ones about yourself and ones you like. And it’s where you should go to learn about other people’s stories. The roots of the story tree go right to the core of the universe so your stories will be remembered forever...

The Story Tree Stories are Bigfoot’s collection of exciting, interactive early year’s programmes for foundation stage children. Each programme consists of a 35 minute performance workshop, in which they will meet the Story Tree Tickler (Bigfooter in role) who looks after the tree and all its stories. Together with the Story Tree Tickler the children use play and imagination to explore a story and its’ characters. They will use their bodies and voices, sing songs, meet puppets and play with props, read together and have fun with each other to explore and understand the programme topics and stories.

How the Story Tree came to be (Literacy)
As you softly blow, the story tree will grow, softly, gently, softly, slow, give it a wave and say
‘hello’! This is the story of how the Story Tree grew thousands of years ago to make sure
that all stories are safe and remembered. How did it get there? Why and how does the
Story Tickler live there? And what are its favourite stories?

The Feather, the Tooth and the Kiss (Friendship)
Tara Tickle is a very lonely girl who lives on her own in a forest. She never sees anyone
and more than anything she would love to meet some friends. Join Tara on a very special
journey where she will meet amazing animals and people who help her to learn what it
takes to be a really good friend, and why friendship is so important!

Around the World with Boone (Multi-cultural)
Boone the Banana lives in the fruit and vegetable section of a busy supermarket. All the
fruit and vegetables live in groups and are scared to mix in case they don’t understand
each other. But one morning Boone wakes up on the supermarket floor the night! Join
Boone on his journey back to the banana stand where he meets lots of different fruits
from around the world and discovers that being in a fruit bowl with lots of different fruits
might just be a good life after all!

I wish I could..... (Positive Self Image/ Respect)
In the rainbow forest the insects are having a talent competition. The winner gets to add
a new story to the story tree! Tara is the only person who isn’t excited; she’s the judge.
How will she choose a winner? This is a tale about talents old and new, and learning to be
the most proud of you.

Everything Changes (Transition)
In the Rainbow clearing in the forest things are changing. The story tree wants to do
something completely different; instead of collecting stories it wants to WRITE ITS OWN.
Everyone in the forest is worried about this. Especially Tara, she doesn’t want everything
to change, she’s happy with life as it is! A story tree tale about change and its ups and

Handa’s Surprise (Multi-cultural/ Literacy)
Join the Story Tree Tickler as they retell an adaptation of this popular story which explores the colourful and eventful journey of Handa as she travels through the beautiful landscape of Africa. As she collects surprises along the way for her friend Akeyo, help give Handa the biggest surprise of all!

Storytelling Experiences Cost:
Half day (up to 3 workshops): £275 plus VAT
Full day (up to 5 workshops): £450 plus VAT

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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green tick Citizenship

All of Bigfoot's workshop inherently promotes the learning of PSHE & Citizenship. By working together, young people collaborate, communicate and cooperate, learning to exchange ideas, challenge prejudice, and acknowledge the importance of diversity and equality throughout.

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All of our curriculum based workshops use 'the arts' (drama, dance, music, art) to engage young people in exploring important, and sometimes quite complex and challenging, issues. Using movement, sound, imagination and real life interactions, we create a safe forum within which children can learn and play together to extend their knowledge about a wide range of subject areas.

green tick PSHE

Curriculum topics available: Healthy Living, Anti-bullying, Teamwork and resilience, Mental health and awareness, Online Safety.

All of Bigfoot's workshop inherently promotes the learning of PSHE & Citizenship. By working together, young people collaborate, communicate and cooperate, learning to exchange ideas, challenge prejudice, and acknowledge the importance of diversity and equality throughout.

green tick English

Curriculum topics available: Story telling.

Our storytelling workshops encourage children to collaborate, communicate and cooperate, as well as learning to exchange ideas and develop their speaking and listening skills.

What activities are available during group visits?

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We offer schools a wide range of curriculum focused programmes designed to compliment various school events and occasions throughout the year, as well as continuous creative school support. Please note that each category listed below also compromises of different options for particular ages and specific themes:

Anti Bullying
Black History Month
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Cyber Safety
Christmas Shows
Creative Literacy
INSETs & Team Building
PPA Residencies
Creative Buzz Days
British Values
Gender Stereotypes
Healthy Schools
Theatre Skills
Creating & Devising
Raising Attainment
Arts Mark
Early Years
Holiday Courses

What size groups do you cater for?

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Group Sizes range from assemblies for the whole school (as many that can comfortably fit into the hall space) to workshops for a maximum of 32 students per session. We can usually deliver 1 x assembly plus 4 workshops, or 5 x workshops across a full school day.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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Is there first aid on site?

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Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Anything else?

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Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about what we have to offer your school or educational setting; we'd love to hear from you!

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