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The Invisible Cape Crusaders

‘The Invisible Cape Crusaders’ By Simon Batchelor. I have been meaning to write about my experience as a male practitioner in schools for a while, so now I have time to put pen to paper. I am a freelance arts practitioner and visit different schools on a daily basis. The majority of my work is …

Creative Activity – News Images

This is a brilliant drama activity, bringing to life any topic in class. Ideal for developing teamwork, creativity, imaginations and self expression. Tell the children they are going to create the front page of a newspaper, however, the class will be the front page image. In small groups the children are to become a frozen …

Creative Activity – Focus 1 to 8

This is a great focus activity I will always use to start a session. Ask everybody to stand in a circle. Count to 8 and then back down to 1 together. We will then add an action to each number one at a time: When ever the number 1 is said click your fingers. Number …

Creative Activity – Three Words

This creative activity is called ‘Three Word Stories’. Its a brilliant activity which excites children’s imaginations, helps with communication and allows space and time for self expression. This activity can be done at the start of the day for example, its a quick 10 minute creative activity to get brains buzzing. Why not do it …

Creative Activity – Rhythm Poems

Creating rhythms, especially using just your body gives children the chance to creatively express themselves. It helps children to concentrate, develops a sense of teamwork and most importantly is a lot of FUN! Most teachers I work with do this everyday to get children’s attention – clapping a sequence and the children reply. This works. …

Creative Collaboration

During 2017-2018 I worked alongside A New Direction as a Creative Practitioner on their ‘My Creative School’ project. I wrote this blog on devising a fun creative whole school approach to teaching British Values and the process of collaboration with teachers. Have a read below. How do we teach British Values? This is a question …

Creative Activity – Change 123

This is a focus activity which I will always use to begin any session. Works with all ages. A really fun activity at getting children warmed up. Ask the children to find a partner. Stand facing each other. Count to 3 but take it in turns to say a number, when you get to 3 …

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Creative Activity – ABC Objects

This is my favourite activity at the moment. It’s quick, fast paced, imaginative, fun and works with all ages. Ask the children to find a space and then get a child to choose a letter of the alphabet. They then have 10 seconds to turn themselves into anything beginning with that letter. Countdown from 10 …

Creative Activity – One Word Story

Get everybody to sit in a circle. The group are going to create a brand new story together BUT they can only say one word each. Work your way around the circle, each person adding a word into the story to keep the story flowing. Go around as many times as you like until you …

Creative Activity – Sound Tunnels

This is an activity which uses sound to build environments and atmospheres in order to help children create stories. Works with all ages. (I use it a lot at teacher CPD sessions and it’s so much fun) Half the group make a circle whilst the other half of the group sit in the middle of …