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BigFoot Arts Education
Raising standards in education through a creative approach to learning!
December 2017 Newsletter
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Hello and a brilliant Bigfoot welcome to our December newsletter!

We hope you have had a wonderful Autumn term and are looking forward to the Christmas break! We had a super busy and amazing November; read below about some of the projects we have been delivering across the country, as well as details about upcoming programmes, news and information.

Enjoy!
 
CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM US TO YOU!

To say a really big THANK YOU for supporting us this year, we would like to offer you £50 off ANY one day programme booked for Spring term 2018. Quote HAPPYCHRISTMAS50 when booking.
 
 
What have we got coming up?
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Creative Residencies
PPA Cover
We have had a wonderful term delivering creative PPA cover in schools across the country. Our Drama, MFL, PSHE, Art, Music and Dance facilitators in residence have worked with hundreds of children weekly, creating some fantastic work which you can read about here.

We have some slots available for PPA cover in the Spring term, so please contact us to discuss how we can work in your schools.
Raising Attainment Workshops
Creative Achievers
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Bigfoot’s Raising Attainment programme offers schools a way to creatively engage with students who may be struggling to succeed or achieve more within a standard statutory learning environment.

We are so pleased to be delivering another 6 week Creative Achievers project with the Catalyst Housing Trust next term, which have been so successful in boosting children's self confidence. Working in small groups, projects are designed to meet the needs and skills of the participants in order to achieve maximum results.

Contact us now to book for Spring term.
 
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Tuesday 6th February 2018
Safer Internet Day

Bigfoot are proud to support the UK Safer Internet Centre in this year’s Safer Internet Day, with the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.

This year we have a new Assembly and Workshop programme, Be a Smart-E, a new interactive storytelling programme for KS1 and updated workshop programme options.

Programmes are available from Monday 26th January 2018 and then throughout the Spring term.

 
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World Book Day and Shakespeare Week 2018
Creative Literacy Programmes

We are already so excited about next year's World Book Day and Shakespeare Week, and are again offering a range of fantastic Assembly and Workshop programmes. From early years storytelling to an intergalactic author exploration to Shakespeare through Rap - and much more!

Programmes are available from Monday 19th February 2018 - book now now to secure your preferred date/s.
 

Welsh Literacy Programmes
The Mabinogion Storytelling Performanes and Workshops
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We are delighted to announce that our Wales office will be offering The Mabinogion Storytelling Performances and Workshops again this year. These projects have been hugely popular with schools for the past six years and provide a wonderful day of storytelling and drama that will inspire both pupils and staff whilst celebrating Welsh history and culture.

Why not book one to celebrate St David's day or during Welsh week? Contact us now!
 
What have we been up to?
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Programme Round Up
Anti Bullying Week Round Up

This year we were delighted to celebrate difference and embrace uniqueness as part of Anti-Bullying Week with schools across the country, whilst wearing our odd socks of course in support of the Anti-Bullying Alliance campaign about us being #AllDifferentAllEqual.

It’s been fantastic to work with current Bigfoot schools as well as new Bigfoot schools this year and we look forward to continuing our work with them throughout the academic year. There has been so much positive feedback from schools who celebrated Anti-Bullying week with us which has been brilliant to hear -  click the below link to hear what they had to say!

Secondary Anti-Bullying Programme
Take a Walk in My Shoes
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We were thrilled to get this brilliant feedback from Riddlesdown Collegiate after our annual performance of our Secondary Anti-Bullying Take A Walk In My Shoes. The Bigfoot facilitators really enjoyed their day delivering the introductory performance and follow up workshops, and we are so pleased that the day had such a positive impact on the students.

An insight into the different experiences that young people can have with bullying which is followed up with an interactive and thought provoking workshop. Glen, Lisa and Vanessa were excellent and got the best out of our students in the workshops they delivered.

Well done Glen, Lisa and Vanessa!

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Christmas Pantomime
Hansel and Gretel
Bigfoot's 15th annual pantomime is now underway, touring schools across London and the home counties and we couldn't be more excited!

We have already been overwhelmed with the amazing response from children and staff. On Friday we brought the magic to life for Stebbing Primary School who told us:

As usual it was a totally brilliant performance, from start to finish with something for everyone. My face literally ached by the time it had finished due to laughing and smiling so much! The children thought you were amazing and how you interact with the audience and get everyone involved is fab!

Amazing!
 
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EYFS Christmas Storytelling
The Littlest Christmas Elf
The littlest Christmas elf, Pip, has set off on her magical tour to schools in the North East to spread the festive cheer and really get children in the spirit of Christmas. We are thrilled to be visiting 35 schools and nurseries over the next few weeks and are LOVING receiving such lovely feedback, like this from Helen Gibson Nursery School:

Absolutely fantastic one woman show which brought the excitement of the theatre to our nursery. The props were simple but very effective and I loved the songs! There was just enough for the children to join in with, so was perfect for early years…it was great to see the children having so much fun and joining in. Exactly what theatre should be like for young children!
Bigfoot Training Day
Games Day
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Our master trainer Carolina Giammetta ran a brilliant Drama Games & Exercises day this week, in which participants created brand new games from scratch, explored the different ways that existing games can be used to enhance different areas of the curriculum and  as well as advanced facilitation techniques.

Our next training day is How to Create Devised Theatre with Children on Tuesday 27th February 2018 - places are still available so contact us to book a place.
What's in the News?
Bigfoot Facilitators
In the Spotlight - Dani Moseley
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We take great pride in knowing that each and every one of our facilitators is an exceptional educator and talented individual. However, once per term we like to select a single facilitator to focus on and tell you a little bit more about…generally if they’ve gone above and beyond for us and the schools in which they work!

So congratulations Dani Moseley! You have been an amazing inspiration throughout Black History Month and during your time with us so far at Bigfoot.  You’ve had us smiling from ear to ear with such wonderful feedback from all of the Bigfoot schools who had the pleasure of seeing your performances. Thank you for your continuous efforts in advocating Bigfoot through your boundless energy, enthusiasm and passion.

What a fantastic experience Dani gave the children – she was an inspiration from start to finish with untold energy and enthusiasm. We had so much positive praise from parents for the assembly they saw. Dani brought it to life and the whole room was properly gripped.   Priestmead Primary School

School Library Pack
Book Trust - Free Books for Secondary Schools!
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For all Secondary Schools - a brilliant opportunity to get a FREE box of books for your school/ school library courtesy of Book Trust - you just need to make sure you sign up before the 22nd December! Happy reading!
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Mailing List Prize Draw -  Last Chance!

There is still time to enter our prize draw to win a case of wine - just in time for Christmas!

In order to be in with a chance of winning, please sign up to receive our newsletter, and if you've already signed up - please tell your friends!

The winner will be announced on Monday 18th December - Good Luck!

 
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Free Teacher Resources
How to create an Inclusive Classroom

Check out our 10 ways Bigfoot Facilitators create an inclusive classroom, shared with you by our brilliant Bigfoot Facilitator Sarah Cuthbertson!

Have a look at our exclusive video here and click on the below link to download the top tips.


 
About Bigfoot
In 2000 Bigfoot started out as a very small drama workshop company working in just a few schools. Today we are one of the UK’s largest independent arts education companies providing creative arts based learning to hundreds of schools across the country.
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