We specialise in developing and delivering creative learning programmes and creative workshops for schools. We seek to make learning extraordinary through our creative history programmes - rooted in the National Curriculum, yet offering pupils experiences way beyond it. Understanding that history is a dynamic process, we focus not just on the events of the past - but on how the past has shaped the present. And, for us, key to that are the people who made the past - the unsung heroes and heroines, as well as those figures who have made it to the history books!
Our methodologies are all rooted in our understanding that "history" consists of the tales of the people who lived it, not the pages of books about it. So our creative history programmes are all deliberately big, bold and larger than life! We have options to meet almost any need - from whole-school programmes for up to 420 pupils in a single day to tailored packages for individual classes, year groups or phases. We can cover almost any period, from the Stone/Bronze/Iron Ages to the Space Race - and can support commemorations/celebrations of historical events (Living with the War, for example, one of our Time Travel Theatre offerings, is especially pertinent this year, the centenary of the end of World War I). And many of our programmes, including, of course, The Brilliant Britons, offer support in teaching British Values.
The high level of engagement we induce is complemented by the excellent classroom management skills of all our practitioners (all of whom have enhanced DBS clearance). We also make life easy for the schools we work with, giving accurate prices (with no "hidden extras"), supplying bespoke timetables and providing suggestions for experiential, follow-up writing activities.
As we offer five different types of creative history programme, we are able to meet just about any need ...
1) Time Travel Theatre ... comprising a 75 minute interactive performance plus follow-up workshops and/or Question and Answer sessions.
2) Time Travel Tourists ... seeing your school being visited for the day by a well-known figure from the past.
3) The Drama of History ... where we work with a number of classes over a day or more, leading drama-based workshops on the historical periods they're exploring.
4) Historical Maths ... a uniquely cross-curricular approach, allowing children to learn more about the past while developing and extending their mathematical skills.
5) Talking Timelines ... in which children, supported by our beautifully designed Fact Files, teach each other about history - before annotating and sharing amazingly illustrated Timelines.
All of our programmes can be easily adapted to meet the needs of pupils with access needs related to mobility. Where we are aware that we will be working with children with visual impairments, we are happy to provide schools with our resources in advance, so that they can be rendered accessible. We know that some schools use sign language interpreters for children with hearing impairments - and all of our practitioners are used to working in this way.
We have huge experience of working with pupils with special educational needs - in both mainstream and special schools - and work with teachers and other professionals to select (and, if appropriate, adapt) the best programme to meet the needs of those pupils.
as creatives is one of the leading providers of Creative Learning to schools across the UK and beyond. We have worked with over 1 million children and young people over the last ten years. You can read lots of testimonials from teachers on our website, along with case studies and examples of our work. We would love to hear from you!
“The interactive performance was brilliant and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. The actors were lovely and worked really hard during the day - Thank you!” (Headteacher, Weston Primary School)
"The sessions were really hands-on and interactive and the children were always switched on. I feel they have learned a lot from the sessions and it will show in their upcoming history work. I know from discussions with the staff and pupils that it was an entirely enjoyable experience and you will be our first port of call for any future history topics. Thank you very much." (Rob Nixon, History Subject Leader, The Berkeley Primary School)
"Thank you for bringing your superb WW1 play and workshops to us last week. The children got so much out of the whole process and there was a lot of scope for us to follow up afterwards. Above all, the show was moving. I had been to see the poppies at the Tower of London the day before, but this small drama brought tears to my eyes for the small, human story of one village through the war. Thank you." (Helen Graff, Edith Neville Primary School)
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