Our Extraordinary World of Books workshops have been specially designed to help you and your pupils celebrate this special anniversary by bringing your favourite books to life. No-one is ever too young, too old or too cool to enjoy a journey with books and stories, so our drama and visual arts workshops have been carefully developed to promote a lifelong love of reading.
So, whether you’re looking for a visit from the world’s latest superhero (our very own Bookman!), an opportunity to learn more about well-loved characters through drawing and illustration or some magical ways of inspiring pupils to tell their own tales, you’ll find something to suit you here! read on to find our more about our World Book Day 2019 – School Workshops, visits and activities here…
A Visit from Bookman or Bookgirl – Character visit
The world’s newest superhero, Bookman has the extraordinary power of bringing stories to life – and he’ll fly into your school all set to help your pupils in doing the same. Armed with his trusty Book Bag, he’ll make an unexpected appearance at an assembly before leading classes through a series of exciting, engaging and enticing drama workshops (all differentiated for age). And the outcomes? A series of powerfully persuasive dramas promoting their chosen stories!
Scenes from Shakespeare
Shakespeare was a superb storyteller – and his stories still survive unscathed today! These exciting workshops, though, take him back to his roots – by taking a dramatic approach to his work. Working with one of our professional drama specialists, pupils will get an actor’s-eye-view of one of his plays – and have a chance to taste the text too!
All of the workshops can be differentiated for age and require a minimum of 60 minutes (although we prefer longer) – preferably in a large space. You can choose from Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream – and we’ll leave you with a whole host of suggestions for follow-up writing activities!
How does a cover make you want to open the book? Through exploring this questions, children will create their own unique bookplates – each one representing a hybrid of two of their favourite works!
How well do pupils know well-loved tales? Having pieced together the key moments of given story in the correct order, small groups then dramatise scenes, culminating in a whole-class retelling of the tale.
Boxes of Stories
After being challenged to identify six narrative landmarks in some of their favourite stories, children are supported in depicting each one through illustration. These are then used to decorate the six sides of a cardboard cube, which can create a wonderful displays when hung from the ceiling.
This engaging workshop, sees children taking a character from a traditional story and pairing him/her with a seemingly contradictory adjective. They’ll then use illustration to create stories from these characters (eg The Gentle Wolf) – before (depending on time and age) adding interesting details, supporting characters and speech bubbles.
Get in touch
To find out more about the World Book Day 2018 Programme for primary and secondary schools please get in touch!
as creatives is one of the leading providers of creative arts workshops to schools across the UK.
We specialise in developing creative learning programmes and workshops that are both rooted in the National Curriculum and make learning extraordinary. Directly supporting school improvement priorities, our programmes have proven impacts on engagement, motivation and attainment – and provide powerful platforms for staff development.
What People Say:
“Thank you so much for the brilliant experience given to the children on Monday. Bookman was great with the children: they all thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and the assembly in the morning. Having to be creative and use their imaginations reminded them about the enjoyment of reading.” (Class Teacher, St Peter’s Primary School)
“The workshop was absolutely fantastic! All students were engaged and entertained and the workshop was suitable for all abilities which was wonderful. Students gained a joyful and interesting introduction to Shakespeare. They also improved confidence as the took part in readings and interactive activities. We will definitely be keeping you in mind for any future projects.” (Class Teacher, Thornleigh Salesian School)
“A fantastic experience for all the students and the staff – as creatives added both depth and fun to our Reading Week!” (English Teacher, Archbishop Beck High)
“The children greatly enjoyed the Bookman visit and were keen to get involved with the workshops and role play activities. They were very enthusiastic and enjoyed the sessions. The workshops were really good at encouraging the children to work together and for many pupils it boosted their confidence to role play certain ideas. Lots of them had their imaginations sparked.” (Class Teacher, Kenmore Park Primary)
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